Parents and supporters will be able to win funds for their favourite schools' treasured projects under a new scheme being launched by the Royal Borough.

The Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme will see £100,000 made available each year, split across three terms. Schools can apply for up to £6,000 per round and the various projects put forward will go to a public vote online to decide which ones get the grant.

The scheme will operate as a pilot for the first year, before being reviewed. Its premise is similar to the successful Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting Scheme that has given £179,100 funding to community schemes in the five years since it has been introduced.

The first round of the new school scheme started last week. There are currently 12 school projects nominated for the first round and residents and schools can vote for their favourite ones until Friday, July 1.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for education, said: “Our schools are vital to everyone in the borough, whether or not they have children.”

Deputy lead member - school improvement, Cllr Ed Wilson said: “We want residents to have a say on where this funding should go as they are best placed to know which projects in their community could really do with a boost.”

For more information see www.rbwm.gov.uk or [www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200125/budgets_spending_and_performance/1119/schools_participatory_budget] Schools that would like to nominate a project for a future round should email: Andrew.Scott@rbwm.gov.uk