The Scottish Government has confirmed that the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund will open for applications for a second consecutive year at the end of this month.
ACVO TSI, AVA TSI and tsiMORAY, with support from NESCAN Hub, SCDC and Money for Moray, distributed a share of £1 million to community-led, eco-friendly projects during Year 1 of the capital fund. This included the purchase of electric vehicles, sustainable building materials and community garden tools.
The Scottish Government announced a ten year £500 million Just Transition Capital Fund in May 2022 to support Scotland’s North East economy in its just transition to net zero by 2045. Each year, funds are ringfenced for participatory budgeting (PB) which empowers communities to have a direct say on how money will be spent through the process of a public vote.
During Year 1 of the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund, over 100,000 public votes were casted by North East of Scotland residents. As a result, a total of 45 eco-friendly projects across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray received grants from the fund to kickstart, enhance or support their green, sustainable projects.
Third sector organisations across the North East of Scotland are now encouraged to apply for the fund once applications open on Monday 26th June 2023, with further details to be announced.
To find out more about the fund, the just transition process and participatory budgeting, visit www.jtpbfund.scot
To discover the 13 successful projects from Aberdeen, visit www.acvo.org.uk/jtpb