Money for Moray comprises of 15 members and the group runs very much on a consensus basis with no single member having authority over any other. Instead of running like a normal “board” the group uses facilitation as the means to organising and making their events work and work well.
At the start of the process, when PB was practically unheard of in Moray, they received invaluable support from Moray Council`s Community Support Unit but after a couple of early events the group decided to go it alone. They have also worked with Participatory Budgeting Scotland (PB Scotland) and the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) to gain the knowledge and skills to set up a PB exercise.
Membership of the Money for Moray team comprises representatives from Community Councils, Area Forums and the Moray Federation of Community Halls and Associations (MFCHA). The team operates on an entirely voluntary and independent basis and its members are drawn from all parts of Moray and is the only Participatory Budgeting (PB) working group in Scotland made up entirely of volunteers.
The Money for Moray team was initially asked to deliver, via the PB process, £120,000 of funding - £60,000 was received from the Scottish Government and this was match funded by Moray Council.
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 held in the Grant Hall at Rothes. The public then voted for their favourite 10 projects. A total of 23 groups presented at the May event, and 27 at the June event, with 17 groups being successful on each occasion.
Following on from the success of the pilot scheme, the Money for Moray team applied in 2017 to the Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund to run a second scheme, and secured £40,000 funding to be allocated to projects which tacked social isolation across Moray.
This round of funding resulted in 18 groups presenting to more than 150 people who attended the public voting event. Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government & Housing, was in attendance and outlined the Scottish Government's commitments to PB up till now and emphasised that community-led events such as the Money for Moray event will continue to be a focus in the future.
Moray Council then allocated a further £55,000 to the Money for Moray team. Approximately 130 members of the public voted which resulted in 19 community groups receiving funding for projects which would help boost the local economy of Moray.
On March 18th 2018, the Money for Moray team delivered a further £60,000 of funding – this time applications were being sought for projects that would deliver an improvement to the Health and Wellbeing of the people of Moray, irrespective of which age group they belong to.
The event was hugely successful with applications totalling around £186,000 being submitted and standing room only available at a packed Grant Hall at Rothes.
A full list of successful projects can be found it the press release below.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Following the most recent PB exercise the members will now go back to searching for further funding they can leverage into Moray to be disseminated through PB.
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Released October 3rd 2023
Just Transition - Time to Vote
The **Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund** is a unique opportunity for the residents of Moray to have a say in the allocation of funds for projects that will contribute towards a net-zero Moray.
The fund has allocated **£450,000** for the Moray region, and the public can vote for the top 10 projects that they believe will bring the most benefit to their communities.
The voting process is simple and can be done online by entering a valid postcode and selecting the top 10 projects in order of preference.
The voting will close at **1700hrs Friday 13th October 2023**.
By participating in this process, you can help shape the future of Moray and contribute towards a sustainable and equitable community.
So, don't miss this opportunity to make a difference and vote for the projects that matter to you!