Community Choices: Vote for the big projects you want to make happen

People living across the Falkirk council area have the power to help groups and organisations secure funding for projects that will improve the lives of those living in their neighbourhoods.

If you are of high school age and above, all you need to do is visit by Monday, 14 February to vote for the projects you feel best reflect the strengths, needs and aspirations of your local community.

You have three votes to use in support of the groups and organisations that have applied for funding through the latest round of the Community Choices Placed-based Capital Programme.

In total 27 groups and organisations are each hoping to secure £5,000 or more to help them build something new, improve an asset, or purchase equipment.

How to vote

For your votes to count, you must visit the voting page for the ward in which you live – check your ward – and select from the projects listed.

Each voting page lists the projects submitted by groups and organisations that are based in that ward as well as an additional two projects that could bring Council-wide benefit.

You can use all 3 votes, vote twice or even just the once – it’s up to you.

Visit to vote for the ideas you want to make happen in your ward.

Democracy in action

Community Choices is Falkirk Council and Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership’s participatory budgeting programme.

The initiative aims to provide people with a way to apply for public funding to improve their local area and vote to decide how public money is spent so that investment is made in projects that reflect the strengths, needs and aspirations of their local community.

In November last year, the second round of Community Choices was launched, with those hoping to secure more than £5,000 of funding through the Placed-based Capital Programme submitting their ideas by 7 January.

All bids were reviewed by an Advisory Panel to ensure each not only met the rules set for capital spending but also the initiative’s criteria of making the local area ‘fairer, healthier, more connected and more inclusive’.