£6000 for Fetlar community groups

News Posted:

Participatory budgeting event Fetlar HallFollowing a successful participatory budgeting event £6000 was distributed to Fetlar Community Groups.

Voting night for Fetlar was on Saturday 29th July and saw 43 people gathered in the Fetlar Hall to decide which of the 7 projects put forward by local groups would receive funding from £6000 available through ‘Funds for F£tlar’.

 Funds for F£tlar is the 8th participatory budgeting project run by a community council in Shetland.  Fetlar Community Council invited local organisations to come forward with projects that benefit their community.  The Community Council checked the projects to ensure they met this criteria and put them forward for public vote.   The logo for the project was designed by pupils at the Fetlar Primary School.

The evening started with delicious fish and chips.   Then each project made their own presentation, all passionately read, some with props and photos. The audience cast their votes and settled down to enjoy their 8 o Clocks!

When the votes were counted, 6 projects were successful in getting a share of the funding:

  • Fetlar Primary – Outdoor Equipment
  • Fetlar Community Association (hall) – Refurb 
  • Fetlar Makers Group – Equipment 
  • Fetlar Museum Trust – Cabinets                      
  • Fetlar Community Association – Glass Washer  
  • Fetlar Makers Group – Demonstrations           

James Rendall, Chair of the Fetlar Community Council says;”We decided to try PB as it brought more money to our community and we really liked the idea of the community deciding how the money was spent.  It has been a really successful event, and a lot of fun.  I am really excited about the 6 new projects which will now be able to go ahead in our community, and look forward to seeing the benefits for the folk of Fetlar.”

Funds for F£tlar received funding from Scottish Government Community Choices and Fetlar Community Council’s Community Development Fund.  Fetlar Community Council were supported by SIC Community Planning and Development to deliver Funds for F£tlar.