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.
23 groups presented at the May event, and 27 at the June event, with 17 groups successful on each occasion.
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a process that enables citizens to deliberate on priorities and decide on the allocation of public money. It started in 1989 in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and has now spread to over 1,500 localities around the globe. 20 out of 32 local authorities in Scotland have piloted a PB process over the past couple of years.
Following on from the success of the Money for Moray pilot scheme, the Working Group applied to the Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund to run a second scheme, and were awarded £40k for a grant scheme tackling social isolation across Moray.