Community Choices fund: new money for participatory budgeting

(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)

New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:

  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.

More information:

Scotland’s seas and beaches

(adapted from an email from Alice Hunter of Greenpeace)

Great news – a motion has been put forward in the Scottish parliament in support of a deposit return scheme!

A recent poll showed that 78% of people surveyed in Scotland said they support the creation of a return scheme – adding a small deposit on each plastic bottle you buy, which you get back when you return it.

The more bottles returned, the more can be reused or recycled – reducing the amount that end up in landfill and littering our oceans.

Please use this link email your MSP, to ask him or her to support this motion. Continue reading

Leith Sea Cadets want you!

(adapted from an email from the 2ic of Leith Sea Cadets)

Do you like

  • having fun?
  • making new friends?
  • learning new skills?
  • getting out on the water and learning to sail, row or drive a powerboat?

Good news – Leith Sea Cadets are currently recruiting! They offer a range of exciting, life-changing opportunities to young people, all for just 50p a night.

They are opening their doors in Prince of Wales Dock on 4 February 2017 from 10am to 2pm so you can meet cadets and staff, and find out more!

For more information, email them at, find them on Facebook at or call them on 07729 382484.