Participatory Budgeting Pilot Scheme Gives the Power to the People!

Tuesday 13th August 2019

The people of Ards and North Down are being given the power to make decisions on how public money is spent within their community through a new Participatory Budgeting pilot scheme called #myvoicemyAND.

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Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Community Planning Service has devised a scheme which gives the power to the people, enabling them to decide how a budget of £14,000 - which has been made available thanks to the Council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund - is spent on projects that will benefit the community.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“We want the public to come up with ideas for projects that benefit the community. They can develop these ideas into a ‘project bid’ and then encourage communities across the borough to get behind their initiative and vote for where they think the money should be allocated.”

Bids must be submitted by a group or organisation that serves the community. Online registration of ‘project bids’ open on 1 September and submissions must be received by 30 September.

A #myvoicemyAND public vote will take place between 8-22 November, with a public showcase event of the potential projects being held on 16 November, to allow communities across Ards and North Down to select their favourite project bids.

The projects with the most public votes will be awarded funding to make it happen and all funding will be distributed before 30 March 2020. To find out more, visit