The Community Choices Fund builds on the Scottish Government investment in participatory budgeting over the last two years. Communities across Scotland have been awarded £1.5 million funding to give people more power to make decisions directly on spending in their local areas. The Fund is targeted at work in deprived areas, and for the first time community groups as well as public authorities, including local authorities, were able to apply for funding to organise their own budgeting events. The fund received 137 applications to the sum of £7,097,287. 16 community projects and 12 from public authorities were successful. Full list.