What community projects do you think deserve a cash boost? Well get voting because £10,000 is up for grabs.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Buckingham Local Area Forum (LAF) has the cash in its local priorities fund, and for the first time is inviting residents to cast their votes to say how they want some of their council tax spent.
The ‘Buckingham Decides’ ballot will launch on September 1, but before it does, the LAF needs six projects to put to residents’ votes.
So from June 24 it is inviting local community groups to submit project bids.
County councillor Warren Whyte, who chairs the LAF, said: “There are 36 parishes in the Buckingham local area and we want to enable residents in north Bucks to influence how the local area budget is spent.
“The Local Area Forum is doing great work on local area priorities but with a project like this, which is a first for the area, we wanted to involve residents more with how the County Council allocates its funding to meet specific local needs.”
Bids to be among the six chosen projects must be with the LAF by the end of July. Chosen projects must directly benefit residents in the wider Buckingham area.
Voting forms, available in schools, supermarkets, community centres and libraries from the end of August, will let residents choose their favourite projects in order of preference and post them in familiar black ballot boxes, or vote online.
The two projects that win the most votes will get £3,000 each, the next two most popular will receive £1,500 each, while the remaining two will each receive £500.
More information about Buckingham Decides, including the criteria for submitting an application to take part can be found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/buckinghamdecides or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org