Released April 4 2018
The Money for Moray Participatory Budgeting Group members are still reeling after their fifth and most recent Participatory Budgeting (PB) event completely filled the Grant Hall in Rothes with some people left standing. Over 300 people from across Moray packed the hall to see 36 groups giving short presentations in the hope of persuading the audience to vote for their project. There was £60,000 from the Scottish Government`s Community Choices Fund up for grabs following the group`s successful application to the fund.
The group had catered for up to 200 which is a normal turnout. Having such a large turnout created a few problems with parking and timing, with the event over-running slightly because of the huge number of votes to be counted.
After the votes were cast the audience were treated to a fantastic buffet provided by Sandy Henderson, Charlestown Cuisine. A free raffle then helped fill the time required to count almost 3,000 votes with 10 votes spread across each ballot paper.
The outcome of the count was 24 successful applicants (see image). Following the event one winning applicant, the Elgin Street Pastors said:
"Please do pass our grateful thanks to the members of Money for Moray for all the work they did in the lead up to and at the event at the Grant Hall in Rothes." and
"Thank you all so much for the donation of £696.00 towards the work of the School Pastor Initiative of Elgin Street Pastors. I know my colleague Rosemary Young, the school pastor co-ordinator, was very surprised but also highly delighted at receiving the cheque having heard from other worthwhile projects that didn't receive anything."
Gordon Methven - Co-ordinator, Elgin Street Pastors
The theme of the exercise was “Health and wellbeing for all ages” and, very appropriately, the cheques and certificates were handed to the successful groups by Laura Sutherland, Acting Health & Wellbeing Lead from the Moray Health and Social Care Partnership.
Afterwards Laura, who had thoroughly enjoyed the event said "It was a real privilege to be part of such a successful community event which had a focus on supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities across Moray. Those applying for funding were extremely enthusiastic and creative in their approach. The success of the event was down to all those who participated and the hard work and commitment of the Money for Moray volunteers."
A spokesman for the group said the members were delighted at the most recent response to PB which shows the system is creating lots of interest. The group are looking to the future of PB in Moray and how the PB system might become integral to mainstream budgets in Moray. The group has been invited to organise a development day with Community Planning`s Community Engagement Group, the Community Planning Partners and officers involved with delivering Community Planning in Moray.
Released March 13 2018
The Money for Moray team is holding their fifth public participatory budgeting event on Sunday 18th March in the Grant Hall, Rothes. On this occasion 37 community groups will be bidding for a share of £60,000 of Scottish Government Community Choices funding. The theme for this round of funding is Health and Wellbeing, and the groups presenting on the day include sports clubs, senior citizens organisations, activities for children, young people and families, and community associations wishing to provide emergency medical equipment for their local areas, amongst others. The groups come from across Moray, and the public are encouraged to come along to vote for the 10 projects that they feel will help improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Moray.
The World Health Organisation’s definition of health and wellbeing is: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Doors open at 1.00 p.m. for registration and the event will start at 1.30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided whilst the votes that have been cast are being counted, and the successful applicants will be handed their cheques at the end of the event.
Participatory budgeting is now being used across Scotland as a means of communities making democratic decisions about funding for their areas. Some of the benefits of using this model include an increase in participation in democracy and volunteering and a stronger community engagement process between communities and statutory agencies.
Released January 15 2018
The latest round of funding available is now open for applications. Click HERE » for the online application form
Released January 9 2018
Released December 18 2017
The fourth very successful Money for Moray event on Sunday 3rd December saw 19 community groups from across Moray receive a share of £55,000. The fund was allocated through a participatory budgeting process; attendees and members of the public voted by ballot paper for the 10 groups of the 21 presenting they felt should receive funding for projects in their community that would benefit the local economy.
Each group gave a two minute presentation followed by two minutes of questions from the audience. The organisations presenting represented a diverse range of community based activities and services.
One hundred and thirty people attended the event. A full list of the successful groups is below. The event also gave groups an opportunity to hear what other community groups are doing in rural Moray and share ideas and knowledge.
Councillor John Cowe, Chair of Economic Development and Infrastructure announced the winners at the end of the event.
Participatory budgeting is now being used across Scotland, as a way for communities to make democratic decisions about funding for their areas. Some of the benefits of using this model include an increase in participation in democracy and volunteering and a stronger community engagement process between communities and local government.
Moray was the first area in Scotland to run a participatory budgeting process led by an entirely voluntary Working Group made up of 15 very committed volunteers.
A further round of Money for Moray funding will be released early in the new year, this time the theme will be Health and Wellbeing for All Ages.
Further information will be available shortly...
Released October 21 2017
Apply now for the latest round of PB funding click HERE » for the latest application form.
Released October 4 2017
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 team – 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.
Released April 20, 2017
MONEY FOR MORAY- LOCAL PROJECTS AIM TO TACKLE SOCIAL ISOLATION - RESULTS
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.”
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.
Forms and further information are available here;
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.
MONEY FOR MORAY- NEW FUND ANNOUNCED
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.