Empowered, vibrant communities
The Scottish Borders is made up of mainly small towns and villages, each with its own unique identity, history and heritage. A strong voluntary and community sector ensures that a range of valuable services, projects and initiatives are provided alongside our services, improving quality of life.
The introduction of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has given new powers to communities, which are already being embraced by many of our communities.
Providing a comprehensive range of services across a large rural area does present real challenges and in many cases affects the cost of providing services. We continue to explore different ways of providing services, i.e., using community trusts and the voluntary sector.
Community funding opportunities
The Localities Bid Fund launched in 2017 is split across the five Area Partnership areas and will support community projects and initiatives using participatory budgeting (public voting).
The fund's aim is to achieve local priorities and benefit communities, by supporting community groups to fund ideas and projects which improve the lives of people living in the Scottish Borders.
For more details, see our Corporate Plan 2018 -23