Take 500

Do you have an idea that you feel would have a positive impact on your community?

Do you think this idea could be turned into a project and brought to life?

If so, look no further than the ‘Tak£500’ Participatory Budgeting (PB) fund.


Tak£500 is a Participatory Budgeting process which means that local people get to decide how public funds are used to address needs in their area.  Community Planning Partners have pooled their resources to fund community projects.

Communities can apply for up to £500 for a project they think will benefit their area – and best of all, it is the local residents who decide which projects should go ahead!


You can apply for up to £500 to pay for things such as online activities, equipment, events, tutors, venue hire and other innovative ideas.*

All ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis.



With the people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active


Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance – even a short 10-minute walk can improve mental alertness and wellbeing.

Take Notice


Of the world around you, how you are feeling, what matters to you and reflect on your experiences.

Keep Learning


Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun.



Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group.


The fund is open to everyone from

  • Both constituted groups and non-constituted groups can apply for funding.
  • There must be a minimum of three people per group
  • Children and young people aged eight and above can also form a group and apply for funding. If you are under 18 you will need an Adult Sponsor to support your application and to help develop and deliver your idea. (More details on this below).
  • If your group is not constituted, you will need to be sponsored by a constituted group or organisation. (You can read more about Group Sponsors below)

The Tak£500 working group of community planning partners will review your ideas against the following criteria

  • Safe
  • Legal
  • Feasible within budget and timeframe
  • Will benefit people in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough
  • In line with one or more of the Take 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Unfortunately, there are things we can’t fund such as personal payments, alcohol, political activities and things you are already funded to deliver. If you are unsure please contact us.

All applications and programmes need to follow current public health advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which can be found here https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus



Applications open on Tuesday 29 September 2020 for four weeks and will close at midnight on Tuesday 27 October 2020.  To complete an application click the APPLY NOW link below or by submitting a word version to

You can attend one of our online information sessions which will be held via zoom each Tuesday in October as listed below

  • Tuesday 06 October at 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 October at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 20 October at 7.30pm

To register to attend a session please contact us.  Telephone support is also available by contacting a member of the Tak£500 working group, details outlined below.

Applicants need to ensure that they demonstrate through the application process that their project fits within the themes and eligibility criteria.

Projects must be submitted by the application deadline, those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Download application form and guidance note


Your idea will be checked by the PB Working Group to make sure that it meets the criteria – (safe, legal, feasible within budget and timeframe, Will benefit people in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, In line with one or more of the Take 5 Ways to Wellbeing).

If you meet the simple criteria shown above you will then move onto round two where you will be asked to submit a short video to showcase your project bid. Videos must be submitted by Friday 20 November 2020. Online public voting opening 23 November for 1 week. More information on this stage will be released in the coming weeks.


Successful projects have to be delivered by 31 March 2021 and you will also be required to attend a community celebration event in April 2021. At this event, you will be asked to deliver a two-minute presentation on how your project has benefitted your community. Please note, attendance at the celebration event is a condition of the funding. (This celebration event is dependent on the COVID-19 situation and alternative arrangements will be put in place if necessary).


If you have any questions about applying for funding, would like more information or some help with your application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting a member of the PB working Group.

Elaine Devlin ABC Council 077 7179 4988
Lynette Cooke ABC Council 028 3831 2529
Chris Leech CVSP/Craigavon Area Foodbank 078 6660 5027
Debbie Smith Southern Health & Social Care Trust  028 3756 3951
Tracey Powell Southern Health & Social Care Trust  028 3756 4495
Michelle Hazlett Northern Ireland Housing Executive  077 7183 7356
Stephen Fields CVSP/West Armagh Consortium 077 5994 9314
Derek Brown BPA/Social Enterprise 079 6834 3325
Michelle Markey ABC Council 028 4066 0644
Marion Graham Triangle Housing 078 9462 1807
Clive Bowles Portadown Rugby Football Club 028 3833 0295
Laura O’Hagan ABC Council 078 5605 7091
Edel Cunningham CVSP/Volunteer Now 079 5591 4206
Gilbert Lee CVSP/Banbridge Twinning Association 079 7020 0415
Sinead Taylor Southern Health & Social Care Trust 028 3756 2261
Claire McAuley Sport NI
Jacqueline Masterson Southern Health and Social Care Trust 028 3756 4494


Adult Sponsors

If you are under 18 years old, we ask you to nominate an Adult Sponsor – someone who can help you develop and deliver your idea and overcome any problems you may encounter. Your sponsor could be a family member, friend, teacher or youth worker.

If you agree to be an Adult Sponsor you are agreeing to support the young person’s application and give them any help and advice they may need to make their idea a success.

We are here to help throughout the funding period should you or the young person you are sponsoring need any help, advice or support.

Group Sponsors

If your group is not constituted, we ask you to name a constituted group or organisation who will sponsor your project, as funds cannot be paid into a personal bank account.

If you agree to become a local sponsor you are agreeing to receive funds on their behalf and pass them to the successful group to enable them to deliver on their project.