Could go a long way to improving the areas
The Fairer Aberdeen Fund’s participatory budgeting scheme is inviting groups in the George Street, Castlehill and Pittodrie, and city centre areas to bid for between £5 and £5,000 to put their ideas into action.
The money for the scheme is allocated by Aberdeen City Council, with £25,000 available.
Councillor for the area Michael Hutchison said: “These are among the areas with the highest rates of child poverty in the city and there are issues with working poverty and housing costs too.
“This funding could go a long way to improving the areas and I hope people won’t hesitate to put their ideas forward.
“Regardless of however much they want to apply for and however long they’ve lived here, anyone can submit a bid to this and I would encourage them to do so.”
Last year, 12 projects across Froghall, Powis and Sunnybank were successful in obtaining money. Powis Community Centre was awarded cash for its community cafe, games room and decorating.
Ann Pirie, who runs the community cafe, said: “We painted our entire basement, and got four TVS, four games consoles, beanbags and shelves for our games room. “We’re honestly so appreciative of the money we got and it helped get things up and running quicker than we expected.”
Funding also went towards gym equipment and go-karts at Sunnybank Community Centre, an outdoor ping pong table in Powis and a community garden in Froghall.
Anne Knight, Fairer Aberdeen Fund development officer, said: “We have an underspend, and we decided that the communities we’d pick this year are George Street, city centre and Castlehill and Pittodrie.
“A lot of them are regeneration areas, they’re geographically not that far apart so they have a lot