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About The People's Fund
This video documents a participatory grant-making process which took
place in Back on the Map New Deal for Communities (NDC) in Hendon,
Sunderland in November 2005. Over 100 residents came together to decide
how £70,000 of community money should be spent in two events
called 'The People's Fund'. The video records what happened at the
second of these events.
Before the event took place local residents were asked what they
thought the main priorities for their area were using techniques such
as Participatory Appraisal and group deliberation. Priorities, which
included transport, crime, young people, events and festivals and
drugs, were then converted into thematic allocations for the spending
The spending of the community money had previously been decided by
a small panel of people who assessed and prioritised written applications
from community groups. In the People's Fund, things worked rather
differently. Community groups were invited to apply for the money
to fund projects in the thematic headings agreed by the community
previously. However, instead of filling out a long application form
and waiting for a small panel to decide, the community groups completed
a basic pro-forma and were invited to present their projects to the
community at the People's Fund event.
At the People's Fund event each Community Group was given 3 minutes
to present their project idea to an audience made up of local residents,
to explain why they needed the money, what the project would involve,
and how it would benefit the local community. Because not everyone
involved would have spoken to a large audience in public before, applicants
were offered training and support beforehand.
The audience was made up of local residents who had replied to an
invitation to attend the event. For many, it was the first time they
had attended a meeting organised by the NDC. They received basic information
about the project before the event and were given a chance to ask
questions after hearing each project proposal. After lunch residents
were asked to give each project marks out of 10 using electronic-voting.
This technology enabled everyone to hear the results that day. Signposting
and funding advice was made available to groups who were unsuccessful
in applying for money. When the results had been announced participants
were asked to give their views on the day in order to improve the
process for future events.
The event came about partly because Back on the Map were looking
for a new way to re-engage residents, councillors and community groups
in their activities. With the support of the Participatory Budgeting
Unit, Back on the Map officers and Community Panel worked together
to develop the People's Fund event. Watch the video to find out more
about the event and its impacts.
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