Participatory budgeting 2021/22 programme

Do you have a community project that can help to improve wellbeing in Newport?

Does your project help people recover from the wide-ranging effects of Covid-19?

Our latest participatory budgeting programme is now open for applications.

The council has allocated £250,000 from our Covid-19 recovery fund to community groups to develop community-based covid recovery projects.

This will be combined with a further £165,000 which has been made available by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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Applications will open on Friday 3 December, and close on Wednesday 12 January at 17:00. 

Projects can bid for a maximum of £15,000, and must address one or more of the key themes:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Reducing isolation
  • Building social networks
  • Creating safe spaces
  • Reducing stigma

Community Cohesion

  • Getting along together
  • Building a shared sense of identity
  • Integration – building social bonds and bridges

Information and access

  • Advocacy
  • Accessibility
  • Signposting

Back to life

  • Building confidence
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Increasing trust

Building resilience

  • Employment and skills
  • Building healthy behaviours and lifestyles

How to apply

Applications have now closed. 


For more information or to be kept updated please contact us on: or 01633 235207

Project principles

Building social capital and community wealth – projects should strengthen social ties and networks, building community resilience and promoting trust and co-operation

Social action – projects should bring people together to improve lives and solve problems that are important to their communities

Evidence and outcome based – projects should evidence they are needed, based on the key themes identified, and have clear and measurable outcomes

Preventative and long-term – projects should focus on approaches which prevent a problem from getting worse, and address the root causes of problems

Collaboration – projects should involve communities and encourage partnership and joint ways of working

Equality and inclusion – projects should be inclusive, accessible and aim to address identified inequalities of outcome

Additionality – projects should not duplicate existing Covid-19 support provision, but seek to fill gaps

Newport City Council is working in partnership with Mutual Gain, who are specialists in co-production, and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on this programme.