Participate. Activate. Regenerate

The PAR Project is for you, if you live, work, study or volunteer in North Carrick.


What is the best thing about North Carrick?

What cause is close to your heart?

What needs improved, changed or fixed?

PAR is your chance to say and if enough people agree there is funding to put your ideas into action.




 PAR is a project that gives EVERYONE who lives, works, studies or volunteers in North Carrick the opportunity to influence local decision making.


Participate - Be involved & make a difference

Activate - Make your voice heard and decide

Regenerate - Create something lasting for your community


In February 2016, the Scottish Government announced a new £2 million “Community Choices Fund” to support Participatory Budgeting (PB) in 2016/17 as a tool for community engagement.


Participatory Budgeting (PB)

PB is where you, the individual can vote and decide how money can be spent within your community.  PB allows more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contributes to local democracy.


The North Carrick Community Benefits Company (NCCBC) supported by other partners applied to the Scottish Government Community Choices Fund for the PAR Project for North Carrick.  One hundred and fourteen community applications were received and the NCCBC application was one of the sixteen successful applicants.


The PAR project has a budget of £80,000 to be distributed to various projects using a PB process.  This will take place at a PB Decision Day where anyone who lives, works or volunteers in North Carrick can come along and vote for the project/s that they believe will give the greatest benefit to the community.  The projects with the highest number of votes will receive a grant from the fund.  The decision is YOURS!


The Project started in November 2016 and project completion is required by March 2017.  The key decision making event is scheduled for the 4th March 2017.  This is a very tight schedule, approximately 3 months to allow effective communication/engagement and to give time for communities to prepare projects and bids and hence the reason we are requesting the support of every member of the North Carrick Community to assist where possible in sharing this information.





We want to hear your ideas and your views for North Carrick.


PAR are piloting a new tool to hear about YOUR priorities for YOUR community.


As well as the projects being put forward for the PAR project you can log any idea at the following link and/or comment on the ideas and projects already listed.

CLICK and have you say.



You can also KEEP IN TOUCH with us:


On Face book and Twitter just search for @parnorthcarrick

By Email:


Steering Group

PB Budget Criteria

Community Champions

The steering group is made up of members of the partner organisations:  NCCBC, South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Locality Planning, South Ayrshire Council, The Carrick Centre and Carrick Academy with Councillor William Grant as Chair.


Their role and responsibility is to oversee the governance of the project and make key decisions in line with the objectives of the Community Choices Fund and the Scottish Government.  They are responsible for identifying the PB budget criteria and in conducting the final evaluation for submission.


Other elements of their involvement include the coordination of as much community engagement as possible to raise awareness of the PAR Project and to enlist the support of all community groups and activists to participate and identify Community Champions.


The main criteria guidance is set within the application.  The Steering Group have had their initial meeting and set out the following criteria for applications to the fund.


The proposal is that the fund is open to all “not for profit” constituted groups/organisations and if not constituted then a suitable sponsor is to be identified.  Applications will be accepted for projects with an upper limit of £20k and lower limit of £5k.


Projects should be submitted which will address the following key action priorities identified as the Thematic Priorities for North Carrick in the application:

  • Opportunities for Children & Young People
  • Health & Well-being
  • Employability Support
  • Access to Training & Qualifications



Do you know your community well?

Do you have a passion to make life better for the people who live around you?

We are looking for community champions to help promote and encourage participation in the PAR project.


If you are interested in more information or know someone who might be interested then please contact us


Training for CPCs will be provided by South Ayrshire Council’s Community Engagement Team.






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