8 sleeps to go until £eith Chooses Voting opens…

Two members of the £eith Chooses Steering Group, Sally Millar and Don Giles, meet on Zoom and reflect briefly on PB in Leith (only 2 minutes  – though David Tennant and Martin Sheen it ain’t…)

Check out here the projects you’ll soon be able to vote for: http://www.leithchooses.net/projects

Voting will run from 25th January until the end of 31st January 2021

Gallery of exciting projects coming soon!

Applications to £eith Chooses 2020/21 are now closed – thank you to all who submitted. We are currently validating the applications. Once this process is complete, soon after Christmas, you will be able to see a ‘gallery’ on this website of all the projects that are seeking funding, and you can start thinking about who you want to vote for (you can only vote once, but you get 4 votes).

If you are an applicant, it is your job to alert all your members and followers to your application, and make sure they know how, and when, to vote for your project.

Voting week will open on 25th January 2021 – we will give you plenty of reminders and information about how to vote.

 

Apply now – £eith Chooses 2021 is happening!

We are hurtling towards the closing date for applications which is the 11 December. We will be delighted to receive an application from Leith community projects in line with these themes:

In these Covid times, we are:

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
    and/or
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

Download an Application Form here.

The £eith Chooses team will offer support to applicants online or by phone, please get in touch if required caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

£eith Chooses – the timeline

Your community project might be able to ‘win’ a grant of up to £5,000  from £eith Chooses 2021. Go for it! Apply now! Pass the word around!

Apply – as soon as possible! Download an Application Form now.

Help – To discuss your application and get advice and support, email caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Applications close – 11th December 2020.

Projects showcased online – December 2020- January 2021.

Voting (online only)  – between 25th and 31 January 2021.

Awards – announced early February 2021, and money into your bank account after that, as soon as the paperwork is through.

If you need further information / advice, email caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

Apply for up to £5,000

Applications are being accepted NOW for £eith Chooses 2021.

Check out the details, download a form nowSend it in by 11th December 2020.

If you need further information / advice, email caroline.lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk

Meeting and Survey Results

Thank you so much to all the people who joined our £eith Chooses online meeting last week – it was lovely to see / hear you all.

Please visit this page if you would like more information about the results of the September survey.

 

£eith Chooses is LIVE!

There is £46,102 available for community projects in Leith, to be allocated in January / February 2021 by democratic vote – the local community will vote online for the projects they would like to see funded.

Apply now if you are a constituted group with a bank account and a good idea for a 6 month community project (up to £5,000) that matches the following theme(s), download a form here.

Theme

In these Covid times- 

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
    and/or
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

£eith Chooses Community Discussion Meeting!

All members of the Leith community, or with an interest in participatory budgeting, are invited to an online community meeting on Tuesday 10th November at 18:30 – 20:00 (max). Get the link from Eventbrite.

Because £eith Chooses 2020/2021 will be a bit different from previous years, we’d like to catch everybody up with the news of how it will run. We want to be as transparent as possible and to give everybody the chance to ask questions and chat about things.

We’d also like to report back the results of the recent £eith Chooses survey. It was fantastic that so many people took the trouble to respond, we really appreciate it. Not all of the suggestions can be implemented, this time round anyway, but it would be good to air and discuss the ideas.

To get the link, and attend, please register with Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eith-chooses-online-community-discussion-meeting-tickets-127231216995

The meeting will be via the (free) Microsoft Teams platform

See you online!

£eith Chooses 2021 – it’s happening!

Many thanks to all who responded to our recent survey. What a rich and heart-warming show of care, commitment, and bright ideas!

The overwhelming consensus was that £eith Chooses 2021 should go ahead, even in the current challenging and less than ideal circumstances. And it’s happening!

The good news is that, with a little help from the Council, we have found a way to arrange online voting for £eith Chooses 2021, so we won’t need to have a ‘Panel’ to allocate funding after all. We will still hold at least one public meeting online, to support participation, bring everyone up to speed, and to discuss a number of the points brought up in the survey. More news on that soon!

But because time is now short (how did that happen?), we need to push on with the project meanwhile. The Themes used previously received a majority approval rating in the survey results, so we’re sticking broadly with those same topic areas.The 2021 theme is:

In these Covid times- 

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
    and/or
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

There is £46,102 available for projects (max. £5,000 per project)

Application Forms are now available here, and groups will have until 11 December 2020 to fill them in and return them.
The £eith Chooses team will offer support to applicants on demand, but that will be online or by phone, rather than in person. Watch our website for details.

Voting will take place online in January 2021. We will do what we can to help people who cannot easily get online, to vote.

Please get in touch with any questions, or to request an application form. Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk