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More Money for Moray as fund returns

By Alan Beresford

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THE Money for Moray team are back with a funding pot totalling £150,000 to support community groups and projects.

The Money for Moray fund is open for applications.
The Money for Moray fund is open for applications.

These funds, which have been provided by the Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities/Investing in Communities Fund, will be distributed using a process called participatory budgeting. This involves members of the public voting for the projects and groups they wish to see granted funds.

There will be a three-way split in the way the cash is handed out, with a third going to the west of Moray, another third to east of the region and the remainder for Moray's young people.

The young people’s project will be launched later this year.

This year's funding tranche has been entitled A Fairer Moray for All, with the main themes being Health and Wellbeing, Poverty, Growing a Diverse and Sustainable Economy, and Accessibility. Groups which are improving the lives of people, particularly vulnerable and young people, are encouraged to apply for a share of the funds to tackle food insecurity, fuel poverty, transport difficulties, literacy and employability.

The fund is now open for applications, the closing deadline being November 5, 2021. Application forms can be submitted on the M4M website moneyformoray.org which has more information.

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.

Online voting will take place in Feb and Mar 2022, and Marketplace events to showcase the projects will take place in Moray West and East in Feb. Results from the voting determine which projects receive funding.

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