Voting opened Monday 29 January 2024

Public voting is open from Monday 29 January until Friday 23 February 2024. You can register to vote at Participate+.

The Community Choices Small Grants programme offers community groups the opportunity to suggest project and activity ideas they want to make happen and to receive public funds in their ward to do it.

The programme supports groups with a project idea that will make a difference to people living in the Falkirk area. Examples of successful projects range from a local youth theatre to a dementia support group. Also successful in securing funds were local youth organisations, a mental health support charity and numerous local sports clubs.


Who can apply?

Constituted community groups and organisation are eligible. Funds up to £5000 are available if you are successful in the public vote.

  • Constituted groups or clubs
  • Registered charities
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO's)
  • Not for profit companies
  • Community Interest companies (CIC's) with no private benefit.
  • Community Councils
  • Community Trusts

Private businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply. While faith-based organisations may apply, we cannot fund the practice of religion, or any activities that actively promote religion or particular belief systems. We cannot fund activities that are exclusive to only those who practice that religion.

Your organisation should have:

  • A group constitution
  • A group bank account and 3 months of bank statements
  • A recent set of independently examined Annual Accounts (or management accounts if the group is less than 1 year old)

It may be possible to connect an idea to an existing group if that might be needed. Please get in touch early to discuss with us and we can help:

Some types of projects are excluded in this round of Community Choices and are therefore not eligible:

  • improvements to public parks and installation of play equipment
  • school-based projects
  • CCTV

The Small Grant Fund aims to make communities fairer, healthier, more connected and more inclusive and your group can put forward your project ideas under any of these aims.

The public vote for the Small Grants fund of Community Choices has resulted in funds being awarded to 70 community projects for a total of over £200,000.


Where to get help if you need it?


Apply

Applications closed on 01 December 2023.


How does the programme work?

  • When the programme is open for applications, download and complete an application form.
  • Email the completed application form and accompanying documents to community.choices@falkirk.gov.uk.
  • Council officers and the Advisory Panel review all applications for eligibility.
  • If eligible, your proposal will be put to the public vote.
  • If successful in the public vote, the Community Choices team will meet with you.
  • Following the meeting, an award letter with T&C's will be issued, it should be signed and returned.
  • Groups should not spend any Community Choices allocation until the signed award letter has been received by the Community Choices team.