The £eith Chooses voting day is being held on Saturday 1 February 2020 from 11:00 until 15:30 in Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate (Above Bank of Scotland).
Come along on the day to learn about applicants to the Leith Chooses funding pot of £44,000, and cast your vote/s.
You are eligible to vote if you are 8 years old or over, and if you live in Leith, or work in Leith, or study (go to school) in Leith, or volunteer regularly in Leith.
For more information please visit £eith Chooses online at:
£eith Chooses is Leiths local participatory budgeting process, overseen by City of Edinburgh Council but led by a community steering group, which includes Leith Links Community Council.
Leith Links Community Council has supported £eith Chooses over the years through active participation in the steering group, and through volunteering on the voting days.
£eith Chooses is the local participatory budgeting process overseen by City of Edinburgh Council via a steering group made of up individuals & organisations representatives from the greater Leith area.
This funding year they have £44,000 available to fund projects which aim to: Fight loneliness and social isolation in the Leith community and / or Fight hunger and food poverty in Leith.
Applications opened in October 2019 as reported on this website, with the deadline for applications being close of business on Monday 6 January 2020.
£eith Chooses is preparing to launch for another year with a special launch event due to be held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 18:30 in Leith Community Centre, to which everyone is welcome to attend.
Very few details have been released yet by organisers, which include a representative of Leith Links Community Council, but what we do know is:
- £44,000 of City of Edinburgh Council funding available.
- £5,000 is the maximum grant per project.
- Applications open on 1 October 2019.
- Applications deadline is 6 January 2020.
- Voting event to be held on 1 February 2020 in Leith Community Centre.
Click here to view the Facebook event for the launch event.
Click on the picture for more information.
Leith Links Community Council have been instrumental in delivering Leith Chooses (or Leith Decides as it was known) for a number of years, as a Community Council we are keen to support our community having a say in how local funds are spent.
This years Leith Chooses was once again a big success, once again building on the success of previous years. But, the Leith Chooses steering group are, as always, keen to get feedback & suggestions to help ensure that future events meet the communities expectations.
Please take a few minutes to complete their survey, whether you took part this year or not, they want to hear your views.
Click on the TAKE SURVEY picture to take part.
2019 Leith Chooses
2019 Leith Chooses
2019 Leith Chooses
There are 30 applicants to £eith Chooses 2019 – 8 for the ‘Food’ theme, and 22 for the ‘Supporting Vulnerable People’ theme. Lots of really great project ideas! View them all here in the ‘£eith Chooses Gallery’.
Checking out the projects online gives you a bit of background to each project, and a chance to reflect, before you come to Leith Community Centre on 23rd February, to vote. Please take a look and think about questions you might like to discuss with project groups, when you come, and which you might vote for.
The Gallery is just for ‘viewing’. There is no online voting this year.
When you come to vote on 23rd February, you will get up to 3 votes in each room (Food, and Vulnerable People). 2 votes for your 2 favourite projects, and 1 Boost Vote (optional) for your favourite from certain projects which go ‘above and beyond’ in involving members of ethnic minority communities. More voting information.
The following 8 (out of 30) project groups qualify for Boost Votes, according to the criteria laid down by the £eith Chooses Steering Group:
- Broughton Primary School Parent Council, Saheliya & partners
- Building Bridges
- Creative Electric
- Dr. Bells Family Centre
- Hermitage Park Primary School Association
- Multi Cultural Family Base
- Sikh Sanjog
Leith Links Community Council has been involved in developing & delivering participatory budgeting in our community for a number of years. One of our members has been a significant driving force over the course of the year and a number of our members will be volunteering at the grand voting event. See you there!