Participatory budgets

Arts & Culture PB 2023/24

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Current phase


Participatory budgets phases



A total of £7,200 is available to local organisations (£400 max per app), please see themes below...

A. Community Spirit -  Example of activity could include the development of new quality arts participatory experiences in music, dance, and arts workshops, for communities that may not engage in the arts. Providing opportunities to work alongside professional Artists, Artist in residence.   

B. Green Projects - Creative projects, activities, or events that are environmentally inclined, that support carbon reduction and tackle our climate crisis. Example - Staging of environmentally related performances/visual arts events that respond to climate change. Art activities that raise awareness of green issues. 

C. Health and wellbeing - Examples of activity could include delivering a small-scale arts project, exhibition, performance or an event with an arts and culture focus. Writing and drama collaboration that contribute to stories or performances, dance projects, film projects, intergenerational work which can help reduce social isolation, increase the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.   

Further Information on this year's funds, criteria and themes

Apply Now


EXTENSION!! Closing date is now Monday 15th Jan 2024!

Applications are now open for Arts & Culture PB!

To begin your application, click the 'Submit a project application' button and begin your application.

You can save and return to your application to continue making changes until the application closing date on Monday 15th January . 

Please ensure that you have read and understood the criteria for the fund you are applying for. The max amount to apply for is £400

For detailed guidance on how to login and apply, click here

Application Review


Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application!

Applications have now closed, and are now being reviewed.

All applications are checked by volunteer community reviewers, who read all applications to ensure they meet the relevant 'Essential Criteria' and 'What We Will Not Fund'. Any applications that don't meet the criteria will not progress to the vote. 

We may contact you during this period to confirm information or ask for additional information, so please keep checking your inbox (and junk/spam folders!) just in case. 

All applicants will be notified via email once the status of their application has been confirmed. 

Vote Now


It's the exciting bit: voting for Arts & Culture PB is now live!

How to vote: Arts & Culture

  • Log in/Sign up
  • Review all of the projects to decide which three you would most like to see funded.
  • To cast your vote, select your favourite three projects from the list and click 'Submit Ballot'.

You must be logged in to be able to vote, which you can find out more about here in Step 1. 

If you need help to vote online or on paper, your local library can support you - pop in to your nearest branch to find out more.

Reviewing voting


Thank you to everyone who has voted online and in libraries for the projects that matter to you!

Voting has now closed, and we are compiling the results. We expect to announce the results by Thursday 14th March 2024, so check back soon for some exciting updates!



The Arts & Culture PB votes have been calculated using both online and offline votes... please click the "See Results" action button

Arts & Culture


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Find out more about participatory budgeting

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that gives local people the power to decide how public sector money is spent. This can be by deciding on how grants are distributed; having a say in how services work in an area; and ultimately influencing decisions at a local authority level by voting on projects that communities would like to see happen in their local area. You can find out more about PB in Scotland here: