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Following last year’s successful pilot for Community Cash in Erne East and Mid Tyrone electoral areas the Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are running Community Cash in the following electoral areas:

  • Enniskillen
  • Erne North
  • Erne West
  • Omagh
  • West Tyrone

What is Community Cash?

  • Community Cash is the name the PCSP and NIHE has given to our Participatory Budgeting initiative.
  • Participatory Budgeting (PB) first developed in Brazil in the 1980’s as part of a larger effort to promote democracy following decades of military dictatorship.
  • PB has grown in popularity across the world with numerous examples in Scotland.
  • PB is an innovative process which enables people to have direct decision-making powers over the allocation of resources in their community in a way that is fair and transparent.
  • The Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP and NIHE decided to run PB as a different way to stimulate ideas to bring people together or make their community safer.

Who can apply?

You don’t have to be an existing group with your own constitution to apply.  You just need a minimum of three people who have an idea for a project and a constituted group to sponsor your entry. Groups with a constitution are also welcome to apply.

When and where should projects take place?

Your project should take place between 1 October 2019 and 29 February 2020 and must take place within one of the five electoral areas.

Enniskillen Castlecoole, Erne, Lisbellaw, Lisnarrick, Portora and Rossory
Erne North Ballinamallard, Belleek and Boa, Ederney and Kesh, Irvinestown and Tempo
Erne West Belcoo and Garrison, Boho, Cleenish and Letterbreen, Derrygonnelly, Derrylin, Florencecourt and Kinawley
Omagh Camowen, Coolnagard, Dergmoney, Gortrush, Killyclogher and Strule
West Tyrone Dromore, Drumquin, Fairy Water, Fintona, Newtownsaville and Trillick

What can we apply for?

  • You can apply for up to £500 to pay for things such as tutors, venue hire, equipment, one-off events, transport for trips.
  • Your project must show how it relates to one or more of the following themes: Intergenerational,  Health & Well Being,  Environmental Improvement and or Community Safety
  • We look to see if your project is legal, safe, achievable within budget and timescale.
  • There are a few things that we can’t pay for such as salary costs, gift cards or gift vouchers, alcohol, political or religious activities or anything that would be considered contentious.
  • Please contact us if you’re not sure.

How do I apply?

Return the entry form by 12 noon on 16 August 2019 to:

The Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership,

The Townhall,

2 Townhall Street,

Enniskillen

BT74 7BA

Or email to carol.follis@fermanaghomagh.com

What happens next?

  • When you submit your entry, we will check if it meets with our themes – we might give you a call for some further information.
  • If we receive too many applications, we reserve the right to enhance the shortlisting criteria in line with the four themes. We’ll let groups know if they’ve been shortlisted by Friday 23 August 2019.
  • The shortlisted projects will be required to present their ideas at community voting events stated below.
  • The presentations will be short – no more than two minutes in length – don’t worry, just tell us some information about what you do, what the project is about and how this will be good for your area.
  • The people attending the event will vote on which projects should be funded.
Enniskillen Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 7.30pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Erne North Thursday 12 September 2019 at 7.30pm in Kesh Community Centre
Erne West Monday 9 September at 7.30pm in Kinawley Community Centre
Omagh Tuesday 17 September at 7.30pm in the Tara Centre, Omagh
West Tyrone Wednesday 18 September at 7.30pm in Trillick Leisure Centre

How does the voting work?

  • After all the projects have been presented, everyone who attends the community event will have the opportunity to vote.
  • Each person will have the opportunity to vote for a number of projects.
  • The groups that receive the highest number of votes will receive funding.
  • The successful projects will be announced at the event.
  • Any unsuccessful groups will get advice and support.

What happens after the voting?

Successful projects will have until 29 February 2020 to deliver their project activity and are required to attend a community celebration event:

Enniskillen Thursday 12 March at 7.30pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Erne North Thursday 12 March at 7.30pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Erne West Thursday 12 March at 7.30pm in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen
Omagh Tuesday 24 March at 7.30pm in the Tara Centre, Omagh
West Tyrone Tuesday 24 March at 7.30pm in the Tara Centre, Omagh

Attendance at the celebration event is a condition of the funding.


What support is available?

Please get in touch with any questions to:

Carol Follis, PCSP Manager,

0300 303 1777 ext. 21214

carol.follis@fermanaghomagh.com