Fund soon to open for north-east ‘eco’ projects

APPLICATIONS are soon to be invited by a funding programme for north-east Scotland, the successful (community-led) recipients to be decided by public vote, aka ‘participatory budgeting’.

Says the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund, here: “In May [last year], the Scottish Government announced (here) a ten-year £500 million Just Transition Capital Fund to support Scotland’s north-east economy in its ‘just transition’ to net zero [carbon emissions]. 

“Each year, funds are ring-fenced for participatory budgeting (PB) which empowers communities to have a direct say on how money will be spent through the process of a public vote.”

The announcement continues: “Year one of the fund ran from November 2022 to January 2023 with £1million available to support community-led projects in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

“As a result, 45 new, eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives were introduced across the region.

“The fund opens for applications again on June 26, with further details coming soon.”

Pictured: Marischal Collage, Aberdeen, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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