Forward West Fife

How could you spend £60,000 in your local community?

Do you live in Kincardine, Saline & Steelend, Culross, Low Valleyfield, High Valleyfield, Newmills or Torryburn?

Fife Council wants you to get involved in deciding how to spend £60,000 to improve your local area.

The council, in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Forward West Fife Steering Group is looking for people to come up with ideas for projects that could help regenerate the area following the closure of Longannet Power Station.

Funding for “Forward West Fife” has come from the council and Scottish Government.

Now you can get involved in deciding how public money is spent in your area by coming up with ideas and then deciding which projects should receive funding by taking part in a voting process.

This approach is known as ‘participatory budgeting’ and was a recommendation from the Fairer Fife Commission as a way of creating a Fairer Fife, getting people involved and giving them a direct say in where public money can make a difference to their communities.

A community seminar held by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust last summer encouraged local people to come up with visions and solutions they would like to see for their area. People who took part identified three priorities; heritage and tourism, access to services and local economy which will now be the focus of the fund.

Interested in applying for a share of this funding? Check out the guidance for applicants and application form

Applications must be returned by Friday 17th February 2017. A Steering Group of community representatives will then review applications and identify those which will go forward to a Decision Day event on Saturday, March 4 in Kincardine.

Successful applicants will then be invited to pitch their project and local people will vote on who should receive the funding.

Support and advice from local development workers is available from Fife Council and Coalfields Regeneration Trust http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/coalfields-longannet-initiative/

Or call Joan Milne on 03451 555 555 Ext: 490136.

What could YOU do in your village with a share of £60,000?

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