This short video explains a bit more about how voting will work at this year’s £eith Chooses, and about the new ‘booster vote’.
In the past, small and new, or not widely known groups have very often missed out, at £eith Decides / £eith Chooses. In particular, sadly, this has affected groups whose projects mainly involve ethnic minorities. The key is in the word ‘minority’ – such groups just don’t manage to get the vote numbers. It’s not just a problem in Leith, it’s a weakness of Participatory Budgeting in general. This year, any group that has made special efforts to engage with minority ethnic communities (including language minorities) – as applicants, partners, project workers, participants, beneficiaries etc.could qualify for a ‘booster vote’.
Contact the £eith Chooses team, to find out if / how your project might qualify.
Email – Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk
Come along to a drop-in support session to check your application is on the right track, and to see if you could qualify for ‘boost vote’ status.Talk it through –
- Tuesday 8th January, McDonald Road Library 1:30 – 5:30 pm (Business Hub downstairs)
- Thursday 10th January. Leith Library Ferry road, 3-5 pm
- Tuesday 15th January, McDonald Road Library 3 – 8 pm (Business Hub downstairs)
If you can’t make any of these, but want to discuss an application idea, email
The themes for this year’s £eith Chooses reflect the fact that many people in Leith are really struggling, these days. Proposed projects should show that they will benefit people in Leith who are in need, and they must fit one of the themes –
A ‘boost’ for some projects
If a project application shows that special efforts are being made to inform / involve / benefit minority ethnic communities, it could qualify for a ‘booster vote’. Come along to a support session or get in touch for more details about how to qualify for this.
Evaluations from 2017/2018 have been ongoing since April, as has forward planning. And at last we have news!
£eith Chooses will take place once more. There is £44,000 of City of Edinburgh Community Grants Fund money available for community projects. Groups can apply for one project, up to a maximum of £5,000 (bids for less also warmly welcomed).
20th November 2018 – £eith Chooses 2018/2019 launches and application open . Please do come along and hear about the plans for this year: 6pm, Tuesday 20th Nov., Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate.
21 January 2019 – Applications close
23 February 2019 – Voting Day, Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate.
Following distribution of £44,000 (City of Edinburgh Council, Community Grants Fund) to community projects through participatory budgeting, via the £eith Chooses process, the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership made the following report (14 June 2018).
Read the report here: Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Report June 2018
Leith Links Community Council received a large grant, in 2017, from Scottish Government Community Choices, for distribution to community projects via participatory budgeting (local people voting for local projects). This was carried out, as part of the £eith Chooses process, as detailed across this website. Leith Links Community Council was then required to submit a brief report to Scottish Government Community Choices, with an evaluative outline of the participatory budgeting process that took place. You can read that report here: LLCC / Community Choices report to SG
We have been carrying out a series of evaluation exercises:
- survey of all project applicants (closed 20 May)
- survey open to the whole community (closed 20 May)
- open face to face discussion session (15 May)
We have also received feedback by email, and will be meeting for private feedback discussions with project groups over the next week or so.
Thank you very much to all those who took the trouble to give their time and thought to responding; all of the feedback is interesting and useful.
If you have any further feedback that you wish the £eith Chooses organisers to be aware of, please send it in NOW / asap, or it will be too late to be included in the reports and recommendations.
The next phase of the project is to analyse all the feedback and write up reports (to Scottish Government and to City of Edinburgh Council), with recommendations for the future. These reports should be available by June, at the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership meeting, and online. Watch this space!
A face to face feedback discussion session, perhaps primarily for applicants but open to all, will be held on Tuesday 15th May (18:30 – 20:30 in the Leith Community Centre Cafe area). Come early at 6, to have plenty time to chat and enjoy refreshments.The aim is to facilitate interaction between participants, identify issues, share suggestions for improvement, and generate new ideas. We really want to know what you think and how £eith Chooses can be improved! Most discussion will be in small table groups so hopefully not too intimidating, and easy for everyone to have their say.
Please let us know if you want to come along – we’d like to know numbers roughly as a finger buffet will be provided.
As advertised, online voting for £eith Chooses projects has closed, at 5pm Saturday 17th March 2018.A huge THANK YOU to everyone who applied for project funding, who attended the Project Day on 3rd March, who volunteered and helped on the organising team, and also to everyone who has voted.
All votes – from card vote ‘posted’ in the ballot boxes on the day and online since then – will now be counted up. The projects that received the highest number of votes overall, in each of the three ‘grant pots’, will be offered a funding award.
The results will be made public later this coming week – watch this space…!
You can vote if you are over 8 years old and you live, work, study or volunteer in Leith.
You can only vote once online (whether or not you voted in person). Click the blue text below to link to the voting site.
You get 4 votes in each of the three pots (small, medium, large). You can only vote once for any particular project. You must use all 4 votes, and hit to CONFIRM each or none of them will count. (You can choose VOTE on projects and then unclick those again if you change your mind, as often as you like, but once you’ve clicked CONFIRM, there’s no going back and undoing votes.)
Online Voting was ‘switched off’ at 5 pm on Saturday 17th March.