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    The fund and voting are now closed. Please stay tuned for results in the New Year. Thank you for taking part!

What is the Just Transition Green Participatory Budgeting Fund?

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which everyone can vote on how to spend part of a public budget. Put simply, PB is local people having a direct say in how public money is spent.

The Third Sector Interface organisations ACVO, AVA and tsiMORAY (in partnership with NESCAN Hub and Money 4 Moray) are administering this capital PB fund. Community groups have been invited to submit proposals to buy equipment that will improve their community & North East Scotland, while helping to combat climate change and enhance nature. The Scottish Government has allocated £333,333 to be spent by communities in each of Moray, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire.  

Once the proposals are in, everyone who lives in the local authority area can vote for projects to receive funding in their area. It is about communities making choices about what they want to happen. You can get all the details from ACVO in Aberdeen City and AVA in Aberdeenshire.  


How does Participatory Budgeting work?

 A typical PB process follows the steps outlined in the diagram to the right.

You can find out more information about how the process works from PB Scotland: What is participatory budgeting? and Green Participatory Budgeting in Scotland.



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Aims of the fund:

  • Supporting Scotland’s communities in achieving a Just Transition to net-zero

  • Increasing the awareness and understanding of Climate Change, Just Transitions and associated issues and activities related to the reduction of carbon footprints

  • Encouraging a shift in local attitudes towards climate change/Just Transition, raising awareness through simple messages and the provision of beneficial and desired capital projects

  • Presenting opportunities for people who want to be part of a Just Transition and the climate change solution to turn their sense of joint responsibility into a real purpose

  • Reducing carbon footprints and contributing to the net-zero agenda for Scotland whilst improving the health and wellbeing of both local people and their communities

  • Generating sustainable projects for the benefit of local people and their communities. Projects that can be implemented in a short time, tailored to local peoples’ needs and located where the need is

  • Encouraging creative ideas about local climate change/Just Transition opportunities

  • Encouraging a network of green PB projects that can have a positive measurable effect on the quality of life, carbon footprint and polluting emissions in the North East of Scotland

We need your vote!

To vote online, please select from the two options below (Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire) depending on where you live, or where your community group is based.

Vote for your 10 favourite projects to help Scotland achieve our just transition to Net Zero. 

Voting opens at 12 noon on the 1st of December and will close at 5pm on the 16th of December. 

Handy links & further reading


What is PB: explained in 60 seconds

Learn the in's and out's of Participatory Budgeting in Scotland from this handy guide.

Future Priorities for PB in Scotland

The National Participatory Budgeting Strategic Group has published this framework for the future of participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland, setting s out shared intentions and ambitions for PB and, looking ahead.

Don't miss these information events!


Green Participatory Budgeting EVENTS 2022

The Just Transition Green Participatory Budgeting Fund is now closed for applications, and the public vote will be held between 1st - 16th December 2022. 

There is £333,333 to be spent by the communities on projects in each of Moray, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire. Once the proposals are in, everyone in a local authority area can vote to say which community projects will get funded in that area. It is all about communities making choices about what they want to happen in their local area.


Aberdeen Council of  Vountary Organisations (ACVO) and NESCAN Hub

Join ACVO, Nescan Hub and experts to hear what the Just Transition Green Participatory Budgeting Fund could mean for your community. 

We don't have any events scheduled at this time but please check back later for updates.

For queries about any upcoming events please contact or 

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA)

AVA have provided online support webinars for those interested in applying to the Green PB Fund. These webinars involved a Powerpoint presentation and a chance to ask any questions about the application process with some of the AVA support team.

Although the webinars have now finished, we can still provide a copy of the powerpoint slides



For more information click here! 

Understanding the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund 2022 - YouTube Video


30th Sep 2022: Fund Launches

30th Sep - 4th Nov 2022: Information about the fund, how to apply, and whom to talk to for advice and guidance will be shared during this time. There will be an opportunity to attend online and in person, events to learn more about the fund and what can be achieved.

14th Nov: Closing date for applications

1st Dec: Voting opens

16th December: Voting closes

Mid Dec:  Results announced

Funds go out to successful applicants


This fund is open to applications by not-for-profit groups and organisations. These include both constituted and unconstituted community groups; appropriately constituted social enterprises; and other voluntary and third sector organisations. Unconstituted groups need a partner organisation with an appropriate governance structure and bank account to receive the funds and retain ownership of the equipment that is purchased.  

Full details of all the criteria can be found on the local authority area websites. 

The maximum that one organisation can apply for is £50,000, but we expect most applications to be for much smaller amounts.  

One organisation can only make one application, but they can apply for funds to support multiple projects so long as the total is less than £50,000 

Yes. Partnership proposals are actively encouraged, especially where they will result in reduced consumption by sharing equipment across a community area, or with similar community groups.  

You can apply for funds to purchase equipment for green community projects, however the fund cannot cover running costs or staffing costs.  

Action to reduce fuel consumption? - Insulating a community building, putting in LED lights or other energy reducing devices and fitting solar panels. 

Action to reduce food waste? - Installing a fitted kitchen to a community building to enable training on using leftovers or cooking seasonally and to run a community pantry to reduce food waste. The fund will cover the equipment and installation.  

Action to promote sustainable travel? - purchasing bikes for rental, a repair station and bike storage or a communal shared electric minibus and charge points 

Home Energy - installing alternative heating sources or energy-saving equipment such as solar panels, and draft excluders; or moving to more energy efficient lightbulbs, energy reduction systems; air source heat pumps; retrofitting; community energy or district heating systems.  

Jobs / Training / Education - equipment to make jobs or community activity greener – for example, replacement of petrol lawnmowers and investing in less carbon-intensive equipment for community sheds. Equipment that could be used to promote the reduction of carbon footprints whilst educating on climate change. Shelving, books, equipment, templates, patterns for a practical skills library to encourage communal learning and development and promote wellbeing.  

Food - equipment and tools for community gardening, fencing, storage, composting systems, and composting toilets. Equipment to promote food storage and reduce food waste such as dehydrators, jam, and preserve-making equipment; fitted community kitchen; other equipment for communal pantries; refilling stations; multiple use food preserving and serving equipment such as reusable bags, bottles, mugs, and containers.  

Local Economies - equipment that encourages asset sharing or leasing, upcycling, reusing, repairing, and recycling – products and equipment to facilitate such as bicycles/furniture/clothes and tools to repair or upgrade existing equipment. Sustainable fashion and make and mend projects might need sewing machines; clothing rails for swap-shops; clothes steamer; and tools for leather repairs. Other ideas include tool libraries; libraries of everything; shared communal equipment; washing machines or dishwashers for communal use to reduce overall consumption.  

Transport / Travel - equipment to facilitate climate friendly transport such as electric vehicles, bikes, scooters, ebikes and chargers.  Equipment to facilitate sustainable travel by encouraging walking, wheeling and cycling and accessibility to buildings; bike repair station tools and equipment; bike lockers and shelters; ebike chargers and charging points; signage and equipment for walking buses; and shared transport schemes. 

Built Environment – equipment and materials to enable the retrofitting of homes and buildings to maximise energy efficiency and the repurposing of buildings and land to allow for adaptation for climate change.   

Natural Environment - equipment for upgrade, improvement or creation of greenspace; restoration of peat bogs; tree planting; placement of nests, encouraging reintroduction of native wildlife, seeds and propagators for wildflower meadows. 

Urban Greenspaces - equipment and facilities for community gardens and/allotments; garden tools; digging equipment; communal mini-digger; benches; raised beds; planters; fencing; paths; trees; compost; communal compost makers; seed or plant library; polytunnels; greenhouses; irrigation systems; bird feeders; hedgehog houses and feeding stations; litter pickers and associated high vis and other equipment; equipment for forest school skills development; outside shelters and signage. 

Inequalities - equipment that will help to reduce inequalities including access to affordable green products and equipment such as reusable kitchen equipment and storage; the use of natural landscape for physical activity and general wellbeing; libraries of everything to improve access to equipment and reduce consumption.