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TAK£500! Your community, your voice, your choice!

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."

Find out more and apply to TAK£500

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.


2 October 2020

YOUth Making it Happen!

An exciting new youth led and designed PB process has launched today across the Derry and Strabane District Council Area. Over the last few months young people from across the city have been involved in shaping and designing the YOUth Making It Happen! PB process.

The young people on the co-design team commented on their experience: "We’ve really enjoyed working on the project, we got to choose the themes and were involved in every aspect of the decisions – this has made it more youth centred and the process much more open. The fact that so many people will be involved in making the final decision about who will be funded makes it much more democratic. We’re not making assumptions about what people want, we’re letting them choose and that’s really important.”

Mayor Tierney joined some of the team for the launch this week at Guildhall Square, and praised the work that has gone into the PB process to date. "Participatory Budgeting offers a real opportunity to empower local people and actively involve them in decision making and the distribution of support within their local areas," he explained. "Council were keen to involve young people in the delivery of this PB resource, and I'm extremely impressed at the progressive ideas and creative approaches that the youth co-design team have come up with. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 they have remained committed to the project, and are really keen to inspire other young people to participate in bringing about positive change."

You can find out more about the YOUth Making It Happen PB process at and get involved to have a direct say in how the budget of £20,000 is allocated across the city.

Watch the YOUth Making It Happen! video


8 September 2020

New Planning Guides Published

As well as providing planning advice by telephone, by email and at our region-wide drop-in sessions we also provide written guidance on a range of planning issues people and community groups need help with.  We have now published guides on:

For further information or clarification on any of the guides or advice on any planning issue please contact us.  Guides are all in PDF format and available to download by clicking hyperlinks above.  


11 August 2020

Minister Announces Temporary Changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation

DfI Minister Nichola Mallon has announced temporary changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation for major planning applications.  This removes the requirement for a public event as part of community consultation from 1 May 2020.  It will last for five months.  The change does not remove the need for community consultation - which will likely take place through online techniques. 




For more information click on the link below:



28 April 2020