Your chance to choose who gets share of £300k

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Published: Monday, 20th May 2019

A public vote to decide which community projects get a share of around £300k from the latest round of our Localities Bid Fund is now open.

Localities Bid Fund applications

Applications from projects across the region were received between January and February this year.

A total of 73 bids met the criteria to move to the voting stage:

  • People in Berwickshire will choose between 19 projects with £48,374 up for grabs.
  • In Cheviot eight projects will battle it out for a share of £50,568.
  • £119,802 is available in Eildon, where 20 bids will go before the public.
  • Teviot and Liddesdale residents have to decide which of the eight projects in their area deserve funding from a pot of £40,080.
  • And 18 projects will compete for £61,416 in Tweeddale.

Find out more about the projects on our website. 

Public vote

The public vote is live now and will close on 7 June at 5pmPeople in local communities will choose which projects should receive funding.

Find out how to vote:

  • Anyone who would like to vote online can register beforehand, through our website. Online votes can then be cast until 7 June.
  • You will have a mandatory number of votes to cast, which will depend on the number of projects vying for money in your area.
  • All votes will be verified and your postcode will determine which area you can vote in.
  • You can also vote by post if you would prefer by calling or writing in to us, or vote in person at a special voting event, one of which will be held in each locality.

Details of public voting events still to take place are as follows:

  • Berwickshire: 25 May, 10am – 2pm at Eyemouth Community Centre
  • Eildon: 1 June, 10am – 2pm at MacArts in Galashiels
  • Tweeddale: 1 June, 10am – 2pm at the Parish Church in Peebles

Projects will be invited along to these events to present more information to members of the public about their applications. You can then vote on the day.

Successful bids

The successful bids will be announced over the summer.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“We have strengthened the voting process after listening to feedback from the previous round of Localities Bid Fund. We’d therefore ask people to make sure they register to vote, which will only take a couple of minutes online. You’ll then get an allocation of votes to spread across the projects in your locality.

“You can register to vote from now right up until the last day of the voting period.

“This is a great opportunity to directly influence where public money is being spent in your town or village so make sure you have your say.”

*Voting was originally scheduled to end on 6 June but was extended to 7 June due to technical issues on the first day of voting.