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   Community Group Funding    16 October, 2014

Voice Your Choice funding returns to Scarborough


Community groups and organisations are being offered the opportunity to apply for funding for projects that help to bring people together in Scarborough.


Councillors from Scarborough Borough Council’s Central Urban Area Committee have given the go ahead for £12,000 to be allocated by the successful Voice Your Choice participatory budgeting scheme in partnership with Scarborough Urban Area Forum.


Participatory budgeting is a process where decisions on how public money is spent are made by residents themselves rather than elected officials or officers.  The council’s Central Urban Area Committee has been allocating its community grants budget in this way since 2010 and has welcomed residents of the Scarborough Urban Area to participate in open decision making events where they decide which community projects they want to see receive funding.  In previous years over 150 residents have turned out to participate in the voting process.


The theme for this year’s Voice Your Choice scheme is ‘Bringing People Together’.  Groups are invited to submit applications that will address at least one of the following areas:


•             Loneliness and social isolation

For example projects that reach out to people affected by loneliness to improve their quality of life.  Groups may wish to set up a befriending scheme in the community or a social group project to target the elderly.


•             Community cohesion

Projects are welcomed that improve community relations and break down some of the misconceptions between different groups to develop a sense of trust and belonging and help people from different backgrounds to get along.


•             Peer support groups/networks

Projects are encouraged that help people within the community to share knowledge and experience of similar situations, thereby providing informal support to each other.  For example people suffering mental health issues may choose to set up a service, or a group of young people could establish a network to educate and inform each other about a wide variety of issues.


•             Setting up new clubs and groups

New projects are welcomed that bring people together by engaging them in positive activities in their community.  This may be the start of a brand new community group for example, a new club aimed at bringing together young mums on a regular basis.


•             Intergenerational work

Projects that aim to improve younger and older people’s experiences of living together in the community.  Bringing generations together to share experiences and learn from each other.



The funding scheme is being overseen by a steering group made up of elected committee representatives and community representatives from the area forum.  The fund is open to community and not for profit organisations and the deadline for applications is Monday 15 December 2014.


People wanting more information or to request an application pack should contact Kerry Lee by emailing kerry.lee@scarborough.gov.uk or calling 01723 232472.

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