Each Ward has a share of the public funds to invest in projects. This money each Ward receives is based on the child poverty rates in that Ward.

Falkirk-wide Projects

Pilot phase two of Community Choices sees the introduction of a new category for project ideas that benefit more than one Ward area. For the Place-Based Capital Programme, no one project can put forward an idea that will cost more than 60% of a Ward's fund allocation.

Voting

Voting is open to anyone aged 16 years or above, living in the Falkirk Council area.

Each person has 3 votes. People are asked to select their 3 favourite projects they would like to see funded within the Ward they live. Or, they will be able to use one of their votes for the 'Falkirk Wide' category projects that benefit more than one Ward.

Other than the Falkirk Wide category, voters cannot vote for projects in Wards they do not live in.

Voters are under no obligation to use all 3 of their votes. Voters can vote just once, just twice or all 3 times. How you vote is entirely up to you.

Where there are smaller concentrations of households in a Ward, votes will be weighted to ensure a small settlement's project ideas have as fair a chance as areas with more residents.

In order to secure funding, each project must attain at least 10% of the total eligible votes cast in that Ward. The projects with the most votes will be awarded the funding requested until that Ward's budget is drawn down. Any unused funding in a Ward will be carried forward into the next programme round for that Ward or category.


What Community Choices seeks to achieve

Both funds seek to support projects which meet the following programme themes:

Fairer & Healthier Communities

We want to help people most affected by, or at risk of, disadvantage. Within this, we want to improve people's mental health and wellbeing, and improve support for people with alcohol and substance use issues, their families and communities. Examples of projects or activities could include:

  • increasing physical activity
  • tackling digital exclusion
  • breakfast clubs and other food-based projects
  • community gardens
  • environment projects

Connected & Inclusive Communities

Sometimes people can find it difficult to participate in community life or get to know other people in the community. This could be for many reasons such as low confidence, loneliness, social isolation, fear of crime, changing circumstances, low income, caring responsibilities or because of prejudice or discrimination.

Proposals could focus on providing support to enable people to get to know one another or make connections with others in their community. Examples of projects could include running inclusive community events, setting up groups or activities, and tackling digital exclusion.