How to spend £8000

05 April 2018 - Published by Herma Otter
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a process that involves citizens in deciding collectively how to spend public money. This democratic innovation originated from blending two policy agendas, namely: community empowerment and social justice.

In three decades, PB has gone from a local innovation in Brazil to a global movement with thousands of processes around the world. Scotland has recently become fertile ground for PB initiatives, with support across communities, the public and third sectors.

Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent. (This video about a PB-project in the US explains the process)

MONTROSE……the story so far……..


The North East Health & Wellbeing Partnership put forward £8000 towards a participatory budgeting event in Montrose. The Montrose Your Budget Your Choice (YBYC) is primarily aimed for “local projects and new ideas that address local Health & Wellbeing priorities in the Montrose area”.

The process will be managed by a steering group run by local people. The £8000 will be used exclusively as a community fund and the allocation of this resource will be in the hands of local residents. There will be a voting day where residents will have the opportunity to vote on the projects they feel should receive funding.

The top 5 projects who received the most votes and thus received funding:   

 Project  Funding  Project idea
Vision Support Montrose 1000 Visit other visually impaired groups
Gable Endies Men’s Shed 1000 Create a new craft area
Community First Responders   1000 Portable defibrillator
Montrose Stroke Club  1000 A visit to the theatre
Philos Fundraising Group 1000 Health & Hygiene training