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Participatory Budgeting

Guide to Neighbourhood Budgets

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead encourages local people to take responsibility for projects which will benefit their neighbourhood. A maximum of £50,000 has been allocated to help fund these local projects. This process tells you how you can bid for up to £2,000 to support your neighbourhood project.

Those projects unsuccessful in the previous month's voting but that have received more than 2% of the votes will be carried forward. For each voting period all votes are reset to zero and we encourage any supporters to vote again for their favorite projects.

The total money made available for Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting for the year 2013/14 is £37,289 plus £6,000 match funding. £32,250 was allocated for 2013/14 and £5,039 was brought forward from the 2012/13 budget.

The neighbourhood PB scheme is geared towards assisting local residents and community groups access funding to deliver schemes and projects that will benefit the residents of the Royal Borough. To this end, submissions are invited from community and third sector bodies. Public sector organisations including other parts of the council are not eligible for this funding stream.


Projects should:
  • be for the benefit of the neighbourhood
  • be legal and have appropriate permissions e.g. planning permission
  • be achievable with the money requested (up to £2,000), or including any other funding or support secured already.

The bidding process:

  1. Neighbourhood representatives complete the online application form.
  2. The projects and their application forms will be published online and the public will be invited to vote for their preferred project(s).
  3. The voting closes and the Council analyses the votes.
  4. The Councillors will consider the level of public support for each project and the Participatory Budgeting Sub-Committee will give final approval for the successful projects. Where appropriate Town Forums will be consulted.
  5. The successful project(s) receive funding of the amount requested, up to £2,000.
  6. Projects that are not successful will have their votes re-set to zero and will be submitted for the next period of voting.
  7. The details of successful projects will be published online, and neighbourhood representatives will be invited to submit updates on progress or photographs of completed projects.
  8. This process will continue until all the money has been allocated.

Match funding

Funds are available to match any other support or funding secured by the project - up to £2,000 per project. For example, if a project costs £3,000 but £1,000 worth of equipment has been donated by a local sponsor, then the project may be eligible for an additional £1,000 from the Council.

Online Application Form

To submit a project, please complete the Online Application Form.

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like further information about this process, please email: neighbourhoodbudgets@rbwm.gov.uk.

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Modified: 2015-01-15
Published: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:48:52
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