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