Have your say in which community groups should win cash as voting for North Ayrshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting scheme has opened.

Residents of Irvine, Kilwinning, the Three Towns and the Garnock Valley can vote in two categories, ‘Localities’ and ‘Arts & Culture’, with voting open until noon on March 12.

213 groups are in contention for their share of £109,777 - as provided by the council and Health and Social Care Partnership.

Councillor Alan Hill, Cabinet Member for Islands and Communities, said: “In the last PB funding round, those who took the time to vote helped make the dreams come true for almost 133 community projects who had their share of a £149,903 Participatory Budgeting windfall.

“And this year, we are ready to hopefully receive more votes than ever before as we have received a staggering 213 applications from eligible groups looking for their chance to secure their share.

“Our residents know better than anyone else which projects will be the most beneficial to them in their local communities, so it is only fair that they have the final say on how this money is spent.

“Participatory Budgeting really is an inspirational example of community empowerment in action, and it has already made such a massive difference to many local projects over the last few years.”

Those up for the ‘Localities’ category can receive up to £1,000 while groups up for the ‘Arts and Culture’ category can be awarded up to £400.

‘Localities’ nominees all focus on improving local life and wellbeing, connecting communities, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, tackling climate challenge, and highlighting healthy and active communities.

Arran locals are not required to vote due to a low level of applicants from the island meaning all successful bids will be funded.

Members of the public can vote in person at North Ayrshire libraries and the Harbour Arts Centre or can cast their votes online here: www.northayrshire.communitychoices.scot/budgets/1.