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Ten Forres groups awarded up to £4000 each following public voting participatory budgeting scheme Money for Moray


By Garry McCartney

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Moray’s participatory budgeting team will issue the available funding according to the wishes of the public.
Moray’s participatory budgeting team will issue the available funding according to the wishes of the public.

TEN local groups are to receive a share of government funding following a public vote.

The Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities/Investing in Communities Fund gave Money for Moray (M4M) £100,000 for ‘A Fairer Moray for All’, a marketplace event showcasing local projects at Lhanbryde Community Centre in April – public online voting closed on May 13.

The results determined which projects will receive a share of the funding – the successful local projects are Dava Way Association (£4000); Dyke Landward Community Council (£3460); Forres and District Pipe Band (£3920); Forres Community Council and Forres Community Sports Hub (£4000); Forres Friends of Woods and Fields (£685); Forres Pensioner’s Association (£1200); Friends of Blairs Loch (£3500); Moray Firth Credit Union (£4000); and Morayvia (£3500).

A further £50,000 for young people is progressing. Moray Council’s youth team are organising a similar process where young people make the decisions on which youth projects receive funding.

In future, Moray Council will be required to allocate a minimum of one per cent of its budget to be decided by a participatory budgeting process to ensure budgets are allocated to areas and services of high priority.



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