Money for Moray is a Working Group of 17 volunteers from across Community Councils, Area Forums and Village Halls and Associations in Moray, who came together in early 2016 to design and deliver a pilot participatory budgeting grant scheme delivered in May and June 2016.
£60k of Moray Council Economic Development funding was match funded by £60k of Scottish Government funds. Community and voluntary groups in rural areas of Moray were invited to apply for between £200 and £5000 for projects that would benefit their local economy.
Groups that submitted applications which met the criteria were then invited to do a two minute presentation on their project at one of two public events in the Grant Hall, Rothes, in May and June, at which the public would vote for their favourite ten.
Money for Moray is delighted to announce that they have received £55,000 from Moray Council’s Economic Development Section for a further round of Participatory Budgeting (PB). PB is an initiative which lets the wider community decide which community group projects will help boost the local economy of Moray. This enterprise is being delivered by the Money for Moray Group – a group of volunteer community representatives from across Moray and follows on from three other successful PB events.
Any local new or existing community or voluntary group/ organisation can apply for funding from £200 to £4000 by completing a short application form. Groups with projects based in the towns of Elgin, Keith, Lossiemouth, Forres or Buckie are ineligible to apply. However, if a group is based in one of these towns and the project is outwith the town area they may apply for this funding.
Projects must deliver economic benefit to the local community, support the local economy and help to make Moray a better place for everyone.
A successful applicant from a previous round of PB funding said “When you are a hardworking community group with a very small income, it is a real privilege to see your application for much needed funding judged on the day by real people. Participatory Budgeting is such a good system. The money released to The Lampie Hoose through Money for Moray has made a huge difference to what we have been able to achieve.” Kay Griffin, The Lampie Hoose, Portgordon.
Application forms will be available on this website from 21 October 2017 with a closing date of 03 November 2017.
Hard copies can be obtained by telephoning 01343 843025 (leave a message).
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Anita (01343 842289), Alastair (01343 547352), or Linda (01542 850383).
A public event where those in attendance will vote on which applicants should receive a share of the £55,000 will be held in early December – so watch this space!
Released June 28 2017
With £40,000 available to fund projects, Money for Moray invited community and voluntary groups to put forward projects that tackled social isolation; 13 projects were successful in receiving funding.
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Released April 20, 2017
MONEY FOR MORAY- LOCAL PROJECTS AIM TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISOLATION - RESULTS
The Lampie Hoose Portgordon - £1,090
Keith & District Med's Shed - £4,000
Moray Womens Aid - £4,000
Dyke Parish Church - £4,000
Moray Reach Out - £4,000
Cathay Residents Association - £3,850
Findochty Church Restoration Appeal - £4,000
Friendly Access - £4,000
Moray Parent & Carers Support Group - £3115.29
Garmouth & Kingston Over 50's Club - £389
Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC - £4,000
Inspirational Colours - £2,224
Keith & Dufftown Railway Association - £1,311.71
You can read the full, official press release Here»
or you can paste this link into your browser - https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/3/30/money-and-much-more-or-moray
Released March 9, 2017
MONEY FOR MORAY- LOCAL PROJECTS AIM TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISOLATION
Around 20 groups from across Moray will take part in a public voting event on Saturday 25th March, to compete for their share of a £40,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund.
58 groups applied to the scheme, which closed to applicants on 10th February, for projects totalling over £117,000. Applicants that met the criteria will take turns to make a two minute presentation at the Grant Hall in Rothes on the 25th, with those attending at the open event voting for which projects should receive a share. Successful groups on the day will receive their cheques from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Social isolation occurs when an individual experiences a lack or absence of contact such as with family or friends, community involvement or access to services. Applicants were invited to submit ideas for sustainable projects that offered new or additional activities to tackle social isolation.
Alastair Kennedy of the Money for Moray group said “This event will help those applicants who are successful to take their ideas for alleviating social isolation a step forward. This is done in the knowledge that their success is due to the majority of attendees voting for their individual application - which is real democracy at work.”
Please Note: the application process closed Friday 10th February 2017 at 5pm
Released January 23, 2017
MONEY FOR MORAY- REMINDER OF CLOSING DATE
Applications for the latest Money for Moray grant scheme, which aims to tackle the causes of social isolation, must be submitted before Friday 10th February 2017 at 5pm.
Help with completing the application form is also available from members of the Money for Moray group; please get in touch if we can assist you.
Applicant groups who meet the criteria will be asked to make a short presentation on their proposed project at a public event which will be held at the end of March.
Members of the public will be invited to attend and vote for the projects they feel should receive a share of the £40,000 Scottish Government Community Choices fund.
Money for Moray will be offering advice sessions on presentation skills before the event, and are happy to speak to individual groups if they have concerns about this part of the process.
Released January 5, 2017
MONEY FOR MORAY- OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
The Money for Moray group is pleased to announce that application forms for the 2017 scheme are now available.
Community voluntary groups can apply for up to £4,000 for projects which offer new or additional measures to tackle social isolation in any area of Moray.
Social isolation occurs when an individual experiences a lack or absence of contact such as with family or friends, community involvement or access to services.
A total of £40,000, funded from the Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund, is available. Groups who meet the criteria will be required to make a short presentation on their proposed project, at a public event in late March at which the public will be invited to attend and vote for their favourite projects.
The closing date for application is 5pm on Friday 10th February 2017.
Community groups in Moray are set to get a cash boost next year. Following on from the success of the first Money for Moray participatory budgeting project earlier in 2016, the Money for Moray Working Group are pleased to announce a new funding stream that will open for applications early in the New Year.
£40,000 in total will be available, funded through the Scottish Government’s Community Choices scheme, for projects that voluntary community groups put forward to tackle social isolation in Moray. Ideas for projects could include those that tackle some of the causes of social isolation, including lack of access to services, accessible transport issues, loneliness and low income levels.
Groups will be able to apply once for a maximum of £4,000 and application forms will be available from 5th January 2017, with applications closing on 10th February. Applicant groups who meet the criteria will be asked to make a short presentation to the public at an event to be held in late March 2017.
Alastair Kennedy of the Money for Moray Working Group encouraged groups across Moray to apply: “Here is an opportunity to progress what may as yet be an idea and take it to fruition, to help relieve the awful effects of social isolation which are found across Scotland. That idea, if firmed up and taken to application stage, may at least make a difference to Moray folk who find themselves in this unenviable position. What`s to lose by applying?”
Further details on the scheme, including how to apply, will be available in early January 2017.