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Community Budgeting is part of West Dunbartonshire Council's Your Community Initiative and has been developed and refined over 4 phases as WDC's approach to Participatory Budgeting.

Community Budgeting is a method of allocating small grants to community groups and organisations. Groups can apply directly and the decision on which groups receive funding is made by local people through a voting process.

For Phase 5 of Community Budgeting there is a pot of £150,000 available for groups to bid for.

In the four previous phases of Community Budgeting, applicants were given the opportunity to present their ideas to the community via a publicity stall. Community members were then able to vote for the projects of their choice. This occurred in community locations where people had the opportunity to gather and see the wide variety of groups and organisations who were participating.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic phase 5 will be based online and voting will be carried out remotely.

Feedback from previous Community Budgeting

Survey Monkey Feedback

Focus Groups Feedback

Guidance on Voting

Community Budgeting Phase 5 Guidance Notes

Get Ready to Vote

How to Apply

Phase 5 of Community Budgeting will run from Wednesday 18 November 2020 until Monday 25 January 2021.

You can apply by completing the online application form

If you have any problems applying or would prefer the application in an alternative format please email CommunityBudgeting@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.

A brief introduction to what Community Budgeting is and how it works is available in other community languages.  To receive a copy email CommunityBudgeting@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.

Voting by the community for their favoured projects will commence on Monday 22 March 2021 and decisions will be made by Thursday 1 April 2021.  Since this will be a digital experience all voters will require their own email address.