Event will help churches join in new community funding initiative

Churches are invited to Gorbals Parish Church on 19 August to learn about new efforts to involve communities in local funding decisions.

Muirhouse event
Members of the community outside the church at the Old Kirk and Muirhouse Parish Church Your Voice Your Choice Participatory Budgeting Event in March 2017

Organised by the Scottish Churches Parliamentary office the all-day event— ‘Participatory Budgeting for Churches: What It Is and How to Get Involved’—will explain the initiative and share the experience of four churches that worked with their local communities earlier this year to distribute £20,000 in small grants.

Chloe Clemmons, Parliamentary Officer for the churches office said:“If your church is interested in encouraging people to get involved in local funding decisions, this event is for you.

“You will learn how participatory budgeting has worked for other churches and hear about potential future opportunities to run an event. We hope to see you there.”Sign up to attend.

The event includes:

  • An introduction to participatory budgeting
  • A chance to hear from congregations who have hosted PB events - reflecting on the opportunities and challenges of being at the heart of community transformation
  • Case studies exploring different ways of doing PB

Participatory budgeting was developed in Brazil in the 1980s as a democratic way to allocate funds to where they were most needed.

The Scottish Government created its own version of participatory budgeting in 2014 and in 2016 it created a £2 million Community Choices Fund to create participatory budgeting opportunities for authorities and community groups, including churches, with a particular focus on deprived areas.

Earlier this year four Church of Scotland congregations received funding from the Scottish Government Community Choices Fund to learn about participatory budgeting and host an event where community members can decide which local projects should be funded. Each community had £5,000 to distribute and a total of 28 community projects were funded.

Participatory Budgeting for Churches: What It Is and How to Get Involved

When: 10am-2pm, Sat 19 August

Where: Gorbals Parish Church, 1 Errol Gardens, Glasgow, G4 0RA

Sign up to attend the event