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Community groups benefit from first Money for Moray session

Press Release   •   May 31, 2016 10:12 BST

Seventeen community groups from across Moray each received a share of £60,000 at a very successful Money for Moray event on Saturday.

It was the first of two events at which members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for which local projects they would like to see benefit from funding from Moray Council and the Scottish Government.

The council and the government have put up a total of £120,000 to be allocated to community groups through a participatory budgeting process.

Twenty-three groups each gave a short presentation at the Grant Hall in Rothes attended by around 120 people who were then asked to vote for their preferred projects.

Among those making presentations were two youth groups and a baby and toddler group – with the youngest participant only 16 months old.

Participatory budgeting is being used in around two-thirds of Scottish local authority areas as a means of enabling communities to make democratic decisions about funding for their areas.

Moray is the first area in Scotland to run a participatory budgeting process led by an entirely voluntary working group made up of 15 members who have committed more than 900 hours of their time to the project.

The second Money for Moray event, at which a further £60,000 will be up for grabs, will take place at the Grant Hall on Sunday, June 26 from 1.30pm when members of the public will again be able to vote provided they are resident in Moray and aged 14 or over.

Saturday’s successful applications were announced by Councillor John Cowe, who chairs Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure services committee.

He said: “I was delighted at how the first Money for Moray event went. The age groups ranged from youngsters to the not so young, all supporting exciting opportunities for their local area and new vibrancy to their communities.

“We now look forward to the second round on June 26 and I would urge the public to come along, witness the presentations and support your local communities in their efforts to fund local projects.”

Working group spokesman Alastair Kennedy said: “There was a buzz in the hall from start to finish, with participants hoping their presentation would be enough to influence the voting public.

“Many applicants had obviously put a lot of thought and effort into their presentations which was appreciated by the audience. The working group sincerely hopes that those who were unsuccessful find funding elsewhere as there were no poor applications – they were all worthwhile projects.”

The successful community projects were:

GROUP

PROJECT

AMOUNT AWARDED

Burghead Headland Trust

Car parking for less able visitors

£4700

Milne’s Area Forum

Kingston to Elgin bus project

£5000

Speyside Dirt Track

Flirt the Dirt- to build a BMX/MTB dirt track

£2300

Moray Beekeepers’ Association

Moray ‘Busybees’ Honey Co-operative

£4633

Lampie Hoose, Portgordon

Christmas market and Christmas lights

£1655

Burghead Food Growing Club

Vegetable growing plots

£1500

Findochty Community Council

Findochty 300 year celebration

£5000

Milne’s Youth Groups

It’s a Young Persons Knockout inflatable equipment

£5000

Hopeman Memorial Hall

Kitchen refurbishment

£5000

Lossiemouth Community Development Trust

East Beach bridge restoration project

£3810

Grant Hall

Screen, projector and lighting

£5000

Dyke & District Hall

Cooking up the community project

£2802

Buckie Area Forum

Hielan Line Walk

£300

Keith & Dufftown Railway Association

Replace windows at Dufftown Station

£5000

Aberlour Baby & Toddler Group

Baby friendly Aberlour

£300

Morayvia

Education and heritage theatre

£5000

James A. Mackie Memorial Trust

Research into effects of plastic on coastal fish and crustaceans

£3000


Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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