Play #yourpart by bidding for funding to improve Borders’ communities

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Published: Monday, 02nd July 2018

Almost £300,000 is up for grabs to improve local communities after we announced the next round of our Localities Bid Fund.

Applications are being accepted from 2 July until 1 October.

The fund is designed to support projects and initiatives that address local priorities and benefit local towns, villages and communities.

Members of the public will ultimately decide which projects should get money.

How the funding is split

The fund is divided among five areas in the Borders (known as localities):

  • Berwickshire – £48,374
  • Cheviot – £50,568
  • Eildon – £95,802
  • Teviot and Liddesdale – £40,080
  • Tweeddale – £61,416

Each bid will be assessed by a panel of councillors, who will be assisted by council staff, and if it meets the correct criteria it will go forward to a public vote in each locality.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services:

“This is another chance for people and groups in our communities to put forward their ideas that could improve the lives of local people.

“The first round of the Localities Bid Fund went well and we were really pleased with the amount of applications we received. However, I hope even more people will pitch their projects to us this time and I look forward to seeing a huge variety of ideas being put on the table.

"There was a real sense of excitement when the successful projects were announced during the first phase of the fund. There were also some disappointed people whose bids weren't successful. However I’m sure many of these people will be motivated to try again.

“We have listened to feedback from the public and we will be making a number changes to the process which will hopefully result in a good spread of money being allocated in each locality. We also want to strengthen the public vote stage so will be asking for people to pre-register when the time comes for this.

“You have the ideas, we have the funding so play your part to improve life in our towns and villages by submitting your bids.”

Councillors approved details of the second round of the Localities Bid Fund at the full meeting of SBC on Thursday (28 June).


In a change from the first round of funding, each area partnership will be able to decide the following for their own locality:

  • if there is a cap on the amount groups can bid for
  • if applications should be based around a certain theme
  • if funding should be allocated in a certain way (e.g. urban/rural split)
  • whether a cash contribution from the projects should be required

The fund will not support:

  • Projects that are already up and running (the Localities Bid Fund is seeking new and innovative projects)
  • Any retrospective costs already incurred by the applicant
  • Political or religious activities
  • Applications from statutory bodies e.g. NHS Borders or Police Scotland
  • Organisations who aim to make a profit
  • Projects that disadvantage any groups or area of the community 

The first round of the Localities Bid Fund saw over £200,000 allocated to 18 different projects in March this year. 

Find out more about the fund.