Ambitious plan will see thousands of pounds invested in children’s future

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Investment in improving provision for children and young people in Rastrick will be the focus for the Rastrick Big Local (RBL) group in 2015.

More than 100 residents and local businesses attended the RBL Voice Your Choice Launch event at Rastrick Bowling Club.

Voice Your Choice is the name chosen for the participatory budgeting scheme that has been introduced to distribute £65.000 to children and young people’s projects in the area.

Adrian Hartshorn, ambassador for the RBL partnership, said: “Rastrick Big Local (RBL) believes that it should be local people who make decisions about which projects are invested in, rather than a few RBL members deciding.

“Voice you Choice enables people living in the Rastrick area or attending a local school to have their say and aims to get as many local residents as possible to vote on the options put forward.

“The total amount of money available is £65,000 – any amount can be bid for, from £2,000 to £65,000. Please note that for proposals to go forward to the voting stage, clear and realistic costings will need to be provided.

“The project proposal that gets the most votes will be awarded funding. If there is money left over, the next most popular project will be funded and so on.

“Our plan is ambitious, but we are expecting Voice Your Choice to be the largest single community activity the area has seen for a long time.”

At the launch residents and businesses were invited to submit project proposals.

Funding can only be invested in the Rastrick Big Local area and must deliver benefits to the Rastrick community.

Proposals will need to show how they address some of the principles/criteria set out in the RBL Big Plan available at www.rastrickbiglocal.co.uk.

The deadline for the applications is noon on Friday, January 16, 2015 and can be submitted to Richard Edwards at rrgpe56@virginmedia.com.

The RBL partnership will shortlist the proposals and in April 2015 residents will be invited to vote on which projects will receive the money. The result will be announced at the end of April.