Levenshulme Market Fund Public Voting On Every Application

People power comes to Levenshulme!

Levenshulme Market is providing £15,000 business funding for the people of Levenshulme. Applications have now closed but residents of Levenshulme will be able to vote on which applications are awarded funding.

This is a fantastic opportunity for open, public participation in grant funding. All applications will be considered for a public vote.

So come along to the Klondyke (1 Burange Range) between 17.00 and 21.00 on Sunday 8th March to find out about all the applications and vote for your favourites.

How marvellous to have an open, public decision making process where every vote counts and the people of Levenshulme make the decisions without any panels or experts or short lists or screening getting in the way. The process has been developed in consultation with Jez Hall, an expert in participatory decision making and Levenshulme resident.

Well done to Levenshulme Market and thanks to Helen Power, Brenda Smith and Neil Buttery (Market Directors) for coming along to the LCA Community Forum on 17th February and for Helen presenting this idea.

Come along on 8th March and make people power count. It will be lovely to see all of the ideas submitted.

Find out more on the Levenshulme Market website HERE



(from Helen Power, Levenshulme Market Director)

“A little update on where we’re up to with the fund:

We have been blown away by the responses we received – far more than we were expecting and all from residents of Levenshulme and/or businesses based in M19. Because we got roughly twice as many as we were expecting we will have to short list the candidates, otherwise we will have to ask the residents of Levenshulme to spend pretty much a whole day and night at the voting event on 8th March! 

Thankfully, we have a trusty group of independent assessors who had agreed to act as supervisors for the applications (making sure they met all the criteria of the awards) and the voting (making sure there’s no funny business!) and they have very kindly agreed to work together to produce a short list from the applicants received.

They will be meeting tomorrow and – all being well – we will notify short listed applicants not long afterwards. 

We’re very much hoping that the short listed peeps will use the tools that social media provide to canvas for support amongst the people of Levenshulme ahead of the big vote so expect to hear more from them soon!

In the mean time, we’d just like to thank our independent assessors who represent The Kindling Trust, UnLtd, Heaton Moor Market and the North Manchester Regeneration team of MCC. “

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