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Can you Join the Dots and Connect?

Collaboration for Change (CfC) and partners are delighted to invite you to be part of our first, and totally digital, Participatory Budgeting (PB) process called, Join the Dots.


CfC is a collective of organisations and individual activists who are working alongside each other for the Common Good.  We wish to create open spaces for shared learning, peer support, practical hope and wise collaboration.  Find out more about CfC and our Declaration for the Common Good.

Most of us would welcome some support for what we are doing and to be able to work with others. So…


Do you have an Idea that can help Create Connections?


The theme for this project is 'Creating Connections'.


You could Create Connections by bringing new folk together to work on an idea for the common good and then, together, bid for funds for you to deliver that idea OR You could work on an idea that itself will Create new Connections and bring folk together for the common good.

A bit about PB

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is all about people deciding how to allocate part of a budget. It is a way for citizens to have a direct say in how funds are used to address local needs.

  1. Idea: You think of an idea under the theme of ‘Creating Connections’, turn your idea into a project and apply using the on-line bid form.

  2. Voting: The bids are put on our website and voters browse through them and decide which projects they want to vote for.

  3. Allocation: The projects which receive the most votes get the money to make them happen.


Find out more about Participatory Budgeting and have a look at examples of successful bids from previous PB exercises.  These had different themes but they'll give you an idea of what is possible.

Who can submit a bid?

  • Are you 8 years old and over? If you are aged between 8 and 17 years you will need an adult signature to support your idea.

  • Individuals or groups can submit an idea.

  • Groups do not have to be constituted.

  • A maximum of 2 bids can be submitted from each individual or group.

  • Schools can submit an idea if they are clearly supporting young people in having control of the idea.

  • The money can be used to top-up resources already secured to deliver your idea.

The criteria

  • Does your idea fit with the theme ‘Creating Connections’?

  • Do you support the CfC Declaration for the Common Good.

  • Are you based within the island of Ireland?

  • Can you deliver your idea with £500/€-equivalent, or less?

  • Can you deliver your idea by 30 April 2022?

  • Is your idea safe and legal (remembering COVID restrictions)?

  • Will you share your experience and the outcome of your project at a Celebration Event?

About the Voting Process

  • Voting will open on-line at 24 November 2021.

  • Voting will be open for 2 weeks, closing on 6 December.

  • More information will be shared about the voting process once we're open for voting.

  • Winning ideas will be announced by 8 December, at the latest, via email and on the CfC website.

How to apply

  • The process opens on 23 August 2021.

  • The on-line form and your PITCH must be completed by 12 November.

  • Your pitch will be uploaded to our website for voters to view and help them decide how to use their votes. The pitch, which should be a video no more than 2 minutes long, is a way for you to sell your idea to voters.  The pitch doesn't need to be submitted at the same time as the bid form but you need to have it submitted by 12 November.


If you have any questions or need more information about the pitch, how to apply, or the PB process itself, please:

  • Check our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Contact us at

  • Call us on any of the following numbers: Noeleen on 077-5296-1208; Louise on 077-6683-2512; Roisin on 028-7126-1941; Bridget on 075-1175-1388; Marian on 078-3470-7496.

What happens next

  • Your idea will be checked by the Design Group against the criteria listed above. If we need more information from you to decide if it meets the criteria we will get in touch.


  • Any information you give us will be used during the assessment and life of your project (if successful) to administrate, evaluate and for our own research purposes. We may give copies of all or some of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when checking the bids, administering the programme and monitoring and evaluation.


  • The delivery of all ideas will need to follow the current public health advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which can be found here.


  • The process ends with an online Celebration Event in May 2022.  Even if your bid isn't successful, we'll ask you to come along and share your experience; and if your bid is successful, you can share your experience and the outcome of your project.

The members of the Join the Dots PB Design Group are:

  • Becca Bor, St Columb's Park House; Breige Conway, Northern Area Community Network; Noeleen Diver, PB Works and CfC; Marian Farrell, Zero Waste North West; Wendy Gibbons, Outer North Neighbourhood Partnership; Bridget Meehan, CfC; Cara McLoughlin, St Columb's Park House; Ruth McNeill, Armoy Community Association; Louise O’Kane, Community Places and PB Works; Miriam Turley, Social Farms and Gardens; Roisin Mc Laughlin, North West Community Network