Do you have an idea that you feel would have a positive impact on your community? If so, look no further than the ‘Tak£500’ PB Fund which is led by Armagh, Banbridge Craigavon Community Planning Partnership. Communities can apply for up to £500 for a project that will benefit their area - and best of all, it is the local residents who decide which projects should go ahead!
So how does it work? Tak£500 is a Participatory Budgeting initiative which means that local people get a direct say in how public funds are used to address local needs.
Both constituted groups and non-constituted groups can apply for funding – and ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis.
So all you have to do is fill out the application form, and if you meet the simple criteria you will then move onto the next round where you will be asked to submit a short video to showcase your project bid. This video will be hosted online and you will have the opportunity to get your community to rally behind you and vote for your project! The projects with the most public votes will then be awarded £500 to make their initiative happen!
The Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage commented:“Tak£500 is a fantastic way for our local communities to really take ownership of their areas and to secure funding for projects that they want to see happening on their doorsteps. I know that many people within our communities have brilliant ideas that will have a positive impact on their area."
Tak£500 has been supported by a range of organisations including the PSNI, PCSP, Sport NI, Public Health, Southern Trust, Department for Communities, West Armagh Consortium, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Council, Business Partnership Alliance, Carnegie Trust and the Community and Voluntary Panel.