Last weekend, the fifth annual Leith Decides event took place at the Kirkgate.
The event allows people to vote on how a proportion of community grant funds should be allocated in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area each year. This year there was £22,093 up for grabs and 25 successful projects.
A further 12 project proposals either withdrew from the process or did not attract enough support from locals to get any funding through the process.
We’ve put together this table so that you can see who was successful, how much they got, and what they plan to do with the cash.
|North Edinburgh Dementia Care||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1vHc1hb|
|Friends of Prospect Bank School (tbc)||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1zyTCO8|
|Music in Hospitals||£672||http://www.bit.ly/1D0F29F|
|Leith Festival Association - Tea Dance||£250||http://www.bit.ly/1zbhb0u|
|St. Mary's Primary School Parents Council - outdoor fun||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1MhdorF|
|St. Mary's Primary School Parents Council - Sports Equipment||£918||http://www.bit.ly/1E5kJF7|
|Dr. Bell's Family Centre||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/16Z4wGq|
|YMCA - Plusone Mentoring||£800||http://www.bit.ly/1F36X9I|
|Victoria Primary PTA||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1KPgOQA|
|Leith Walk Primary School Parent Council||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1KR1fpS|
|Leith St. Andrew's Playgroup||£990||http://www.bit.ly/1uKNwih|
|Leith Festival Association - Toilet facilities||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1CjZZcJ|
|Leith Primary Parent Council||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1voqEjE|
|Citadel Arts Group||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/1J4oC3w|
|Hermitage Park School Association||£500||http://www.bit.ly/1A1mNND|
|Citadel Youth Centre||£900||http://www.bit.ly/1zPEuRm|
|Fort Youth and Community Association||£1,000||http://www.bit.ly/16ZKzPC|
|FENIKS - english classes||£885||http://www.bit.ly/1E5lApj|
|Stanwell Nursery Parents Council||£969||http://www.bit.ly/1zPEEs7|
|The State - graffiti workshops||£678||http://www.bit.ly/1A1nars|
This year the list of successful projects was dominated by nurseries, primary schools and youth groups. Most primary schools in the neighbourhood managed to gain some funding through the process, with parents at St Mary’s Primary School managing to pull together enough votes, for not one, but two sizeable awards, meaning that the school is now nearly £2000 better off.
Other youth projects also did well, with two awards to the Citadel, an award to the Fort Youth and Community Project and another for Graffiti workshops by The State.
There were some projects targeting other areas of activity. Leith Late is likely to be among the most visible of projects that won funding. They were awarded £1000 through the process to extend their popular Shutter Project from Leith Walk into Great Junction Street.
Greener Leith did not put in an application this year.
This is the fifth year that community grant funds have been allocated in this way by the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership, and although it is widely viewed as a success in the city, the total amount of money allocated by local vote fell for the first time this year.
At the council budget debate today, councillors voted to increase the budget allocated to Neighbourhood Partnerships to spend. It will be interesting to see if the budget for Leith Decides continues to fall in 2016.