Over 150 people and community groups came together at Adam Smith College to hear presentations from 19 groups claiming their share of £30,000 to help improve their local community.
Kirkcaldy KANES (Kirkcaldy Area Neighbourhood Engagement Scheme) is a participatory budgeting project which lets local people decide on how part of a local public budget is spent.
Each group who applied for the money was given three minutes to present their project. The groups also set up stalls with further information about their project, allowing the groups to ask questions of each other and get more detail before they went to the vote. Voting was made purely by the local community – councillors and Council officers take no part in the process.
One of the big successes were Kinghorn Community Council who had been working with pupils from Kinghorn Primary School.
Suzanne Gilfeather said: “Our application related to community safety. We aim to put up signs regarding dog mess. It will be a long-term project and hope if it is a success and effective it could be a pilot for the rest of Fife.
“The kids put on the three-minute demonstration including a dog poo rap! It went down really well and we got a grant of £4844 so we’re delighted.”
Councillor Judy Hamilton said: “I was really quite moved to see people being so passionate about their communities.
“They were all such good projects that I wanted to support them all.”
KANES AND ABLE: On the day 11 groups were successful and were presented with The Bank of Kirkcaldy KANES cheques. The groups, with the amount they were awarded, were; Kinghorn Community Council (£4,844.23), The Samaritans (£550), Crew Project (£1,206), YPG (£2,544), Kinghorn Community Event Groups (£2,600), 115th Fife Scout Group (£500), Burntisland Playgroup (£3,500), Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust (£4,997), Middleden Mountain Bike Club (£4,994.20), Hayfield Community Centre (£1,100) and Linton Lane Centre Playgroup/Grey Panthers (£2,000).