The first Participatory Budget event for Dingwall and Seaforth was held on Saturday 11 March 2017 at Dingwall Academy. Each applicant took to the floor to do a two-minute pitch for their organisation’s idea. Ballot papers were issued on arrival to all applicants and attendees with instructions on how to vote. The successful applicants were those who won the most votes. Here they are:
Dingwall Youth Forum – Fusion Cookwell – £1815; Conon Bridge Lunch Club – £500; Rionnagan Rois – Website/CD – £2000; Dingwall Wheeled Sports Group – Dingwall Wheeled Sports Park – £2000; Dingwall Men’s Shed – Workshop facilities – £2000; Dingwall Primary Soccer 7s – Football in the Community – £1360; Dingwall Volunteers – Tidy Up Dingwall – £1000; RCAC – Long Jump Pit Runway – £2000; Dingwall in Bloom – Dingwall in Bloom 2017 £2000; North Highland Radio – £2000; Dingwall Gaelic Nursery – ‘Clann Fallain’ – £1518.32; Dingwall Museum Trust – Refurbishment of Eagle Court – £1500; Maryburgh Community Council – Community Garden – £100; Dingwall Primary Parent Council – School Garden – £2000; Dingwall Community Council – Ferry Point Refurbishment – £2000
Everybody’s efforts were praised and organisations where encouraged to network with each other and look for links in the services they aimed to deliver. The event was also an opportunity for organisations to tell the community who they are and what they do, build their confidence in public speaking, and find out about other sources of funding.