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People living across the Falkirk council area have the power to help groups and organisations secure funding for projects that will improve the lives of those living in their neighbourhoods.

If you are of high school age and above, all you need to do is visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/ccvote by Monday, 14 February to vote for the projects you feel best reflect the strengths, needs and aspirations of your local community.

You have three votes to use in support of the groups and organisations that have applied for funding through the latest round of the Community Choices Placed-based Capital Programme.

In total 27 groups and organisations are each hoping to secure £5,000 or more to help them build something new, improve an asset, or purchase equipment.

How to vote

For your votes to count, you must visit the voting page for the ward in which you live - check your ward - and select from the projects listed.

Each voting page lists the projects submitted by groups and organisations that are based in that ward as well as an additional two projects that could bring Council-wide benefit.

You can use all 3 votes, vote twice or even just the once – it's totally up to you!

Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council, said: "The groups and organisations who have submitted Capital bids have put a lot of time and effort into their applications, putting forward projects that will help make the area fairer, healthier, more connected and more inclusive, which is the aim of Community Choices.

“Now, it’s up to local people to vote for the projects they want to see happen. Voting is quick and easy to do, but it is important that people check which ward they live in before voting. That way they will ensure the votes they cast count."

Successful Community Choices Placed-based Capital bids will be published on the Council’s website at the start of March.

Democracy in action

Community Choices is Falkirk Council and Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership’s participatory budgeting programme.

The initiative aims to provide people with a way to apply for public funding to improve their local area and vote to decide how public money is spent so that investment is made in projects that reflect the strengths, needs and aspirations of their local community.

In November last year, the second round of Community Choices was launched, with those hoping to secure more than £5,000 of funding through the Placed-based Capital Programme submitting their ideas by 7 January.

All bids were reviewed by an Advisory Panel to ensure each not only met the rules set for capital spending but also the initiative’s criteria of making the local area 'fairer, healthier, more connected and more inclusive’.

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Visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/ccvote to vote for the ideas you want to make happen in your ward.