Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting allows the public to decide on the best way to distribute funds within their local community.

How it works

  1. A steering group of local people is set up. They decide on the funding criteria for their area.
  2. Local organisations are invited to apply for financial support for their own projects.
  3. Local people decide which projects get the money, and vote at a decision making event.

'Food Glorious Food' project

Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian have jointly allocated a total of £48,000 for the 'Food Glorious Food' project in 3 areas:

This is to support groups that work primarily to improve health by promoting:

  • healthy eating
  • community growing projects
  • other activities to do with food.