Blackburn Community Choices

Blackburn Community Choices is a process that enables local communities to decide how public funding is spent. It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Blackburn and is a pilot project as part of the wider development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in West Lothian.

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£25,000 has been allocated to the community of Blackburn to address health and wellbeing in the area through Participatory Budgeting. This process gives groups and organisations the opportunity to apply for funding and local people the chance to vote on what projects should receive funding. This way of allocating money gives groups and organisations an opportunity to show how their project can improve an aspect of health and wellbeing in Blackburn, and allows members of the community to decide on which projects receive funding.

Blackburn's Future' regeneration plan was created by the local regeneration group, Blackburn's Futures Group. The plan sets out the key issues for Blackburn and actions to tackle these. The main priority area that the plan seeks to address is Poverty, Health and Wellbeing. This is an exciting opportunity address some of the issues identified by the local community so we are looking for innovative projects and ideas that aim to improve one of the following aspects of health and wellbeing in Blackburn;

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Children living in poverty
  • Healthy Living

How to Apply

Applications to Blackburn Community Choices are now open. If you would like to apply, you must read the Icon for pdf Guidance Document [566.31KB] which gives you more information on who can apply and the criteria for projects.  You then need to complete the Icon for word Application Form [71.5KB] and submit it by Friday 13th March 2020.

For more information on the criteria and how to apply please see the Icon for pdf Guidance Document [566.31KB]

If you would like to apply, please complete the Icon for word Application Form [71.5KB]

Further information can be found in the Icon for pdf Frequently Asked Questions [393.88KB]

If you require more information on Blackburn Community Choices please email community.planning@westlothian.gov.uk or contact Graham Whitelaw on 01506 281101 or Susan Gordon on 01506 283090.