poverty

Voting continues for £250,000 poverty funding across region

Voting for the second round of £250,000 worth of Tackling Poverty Participatory Budgeting across the region has started to go live.

Already Wigtownshire has started its process and the Stewartry’s online voting will begin on Saturday. The local in-person voting events will take place later in March.

The £250,000 of funding is being made available during 2018/19 to projects developed by community groups and local people that aim to tackle poverty by helping others make ends meet and challenging child poverty.

Participatory Budgeting (PB) gives local people the opportunity to make decisions on funding for things that affect and influence their lives.

Voting for the Wigtownshire projects went live on Saturday and continues until March 9.

This Saturday, the Stewartry online voting begins until March 16 followed by Nithsdale on March 9 until March 23 with Annandale and Eskdale still to be confirmed. Voting closes on 3pm on the final days. You can vote for the projects in your area as they go up HERE.

Alongside the online voting, there will be a series of in-person voting events in each area to help decide which projects are funded and then delivered.

These events are: Wigtownshire – Castle Kennedy Primary School, Saturday March 9; Stewartry – Kirkcudbright Academy, Saturday March 16; Nithsdale – Wallace Hall School, Saturday March 23; Annandale and Eskdale – To be confirmed.

All in-person voting will take place between 11am and 3pm on the day, with the last admission to the venue no later than 2.45pm.

Voters can view the proposals, read more about them and then vote for their 5 favourites. You can only vote for projects from your local geographic area.

You will also need to login before you can vote, with your postcode included, which will enable you to vote for projects in your local geographic area. You will therefore need to have a Dumfries and Galloway postcode in order to vote.

Your registration will also need to be validated, which can take up to 24 hours. You will be sent an email once your registration is validated.