What is Celebrating Renfrewshire?

Youth Participatory Budgeting has come to Renfrewshire again!

Celebrating Renfrewshire is a fund designed by and for young people.  Young people aged 12-25 who live, go to school or work in Renfrewshire are now invited to decide what projects they would like to see funded in their local area. Soon you will be able to cast your vote on what groups or projects receive funding.

Groups or organisations interested in this fund can submit their details and apply from Tuesday 7th May – application site on survey 123 

Check back here on Monday 3rd June 2024 to find out more about the projects and cast your vote. In the meantime, read on to find out more about the fund.

Renfrewshire Council has worked with members from the Celebrating Renfrewshire Steering Group to plan the application and voting process for 2024.

Celebrating Renfrewshire is a £150,000 fund for young people, by young people. It is available for young people aged 12-25, and groups who work with young people this age, from across Renfrewshire who have an idea to make their community better for them. Schools are also eligible to apply via their parent councils, as long as the project benefits the wider community and not just the school.

The fund uses a Participatory Budgeting process (PB) which encourages young people and youth-led organisations to develop ideas for their community and apply for funding for that idea.

Young people across Renfrewshire will then be supported to vote for the project ideas which make Renfrewshire a better place for young people to live.

The Council has been working with a youth steering group made up of young people from across Renfrewshire to design the funding process and agree the priorities for this year, and these are:

The priorities set by young people are:

  • mental and physical wellbeing – projects that can allow young people to create friendships, support their wellbeing, and provide a safe place to talk openly and share views and ideas.
  • cost of living – projects that can help provide young people with food and clothing, provide a warm space for young people to get together and projects that help with financial problems through financial education.
  • employability and life skills – projects that help with writing CVs/cover letters, offer support to open bank accounts, deal with everyday bills, etc. Also, projects that provide help to apply for college, university, help young people access driving and support for employability for school leavers.
  • staying safe – projects educating young people on how to be safe in the community and online. and safe youth drop-ins which are inclusive places to talk openly and share views/ideas.
  • substance use and addiction – projects providing education to young people about the harm caused by vaping and substance use, courses or training sessions on mindfulness or safety and harm reduction. Also, projects for young people to escape substance use at home and talk openly.
  • violence and safety diversionary projects for young people – empowerment delivering solutions, options and tools for young people and the communities affected by street conflict. Also, enforcement and disruption diverting young people away from harm and safeguarding individual and communities.

Groups or organisations interested in this fund can submit their details and apply here from Tuesday 7th May – application site on survey 123 


You will be able to vote based on your Local Partnership area.  More information on Local Partnership areas can be found here.

For more information please contact Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning team by clicking here

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