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What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting can be described as “local people deciding how to allocate part of a public budget.” It is a way for citizens to have a direct say in how public funds are used to address local needs. However it is much more than just deciding how resources are allocated. It provides opportunities to engage in non-traditional ways that reach out to people who don’t often have a voice and it can become a celebration of positive action in the community.

We’re pleased to be involved with some current PB projects in Bushmills and Rasharkin. To find out more about Participatory Budgeting, including previous PB projects in Causeway Coast and Glens

Bushmills Community Choices

Bushmills Community Choices is an exciting new project taking place in Bushmills & District hosted by Northern Area Community Network (NACN) and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. There is a total pot of £6,000 that the community will decide on how to spend through a process of designing the rules and ideas, conversations, connections and community voting.

The project is open to all, Primary 6 and above who live, work, learn or socialise in the Bushmills & District area. People can get involved either as an individual or as part of a group.

People are invited to come up with an idea that they could make a start on for either up to £500 or up to £1500 that they think would benefit the community. 

There will then be a Big Community Vote on 24th September 2022 to hear about other people’s ideas and get to vote on the projects people think would have most benefit.

The projects with enough votes will get the money to make them happen. Those that don’t quite get enough votes will be supported to look at other options.

The project is part funded by the Department for Communities and The Executive Office District Council Good Relations Programme.

To find out more contact:

Gabrielle Quinn, Community Development Officer  M. 07871 732 616     E.

Gerard McIlroy, Good Relations Officer       M. 07517 498 458        E.

** Update**

Bushmills Community Choices Bid Forms are now available to complete either online or on paper. If you have an idea and you'd like to submit a bid you can do so either:

Fill the form in online:

Click here to fill in the Bushmills Community Choices Bid Form online

Download the form:

Bushmills Community Choices Bid Form page 1 of 2

Bushmills Community Choices Bid Form page 2 of 2

Pick up a paper copy:

You can pick up a paper copy of the Bushmills Community Choices Bid Form from the Community Fridge (Bushmills Presbyterian Church) on a Friday 11am to 1pm; from The French Rooms, Thursday through to Saturday and other local community and business venues.

The next update meeting is Thursday 21st July at 7pm, anyone from the area interested in finding out more, please come along.

Click here for Privacy Notice in relation to personal information gathered as part of the Bushmills Community Choices project.  

Sharkin Plan-It: Participatory Budgeting and Planning in Rasharkin

Sharkin Plan-It is an exciting new proiect taking place in Rasharkin and surrounding areas. There is a pot of £6,000 for the community to decide how to spend on 'little' ideas that local people aged 9 years + can make a start on and explores, develops and priorities larger ideas with the support and engagement of statutory agencies and external partners.

Anyone who works, plays or learns in Rasharkin was encouraged to put forward an idea that would benefit people in your community that you could make a start on for £300 or less. A massive 44 bids have been submitted and people will  vote on Saturday 18th June at the Big Community Lunch and Vote for the projects they think would be of most benefit.

The project is supported by Northern Area Community Network, Causeway GP Federation, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Community Places and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

Follow Sharkin Plan-It on Facebook for regular updates on the project.