Moray communities urged to pitch their ideas for up to £50k

Bids for funding from £5000 to £50,000 are invited
Bids for funding from £5000 to £50,000 are invited

NOT FOR PROFIT groups in Moray are being invited to apply for Health Lottery funding of between £5000 and £50,000 for projects that last up to two years.

The good news for groups and organisations in the region came on Tuesday from the People’s Health Trust, who launched their Active Communities funding for Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands and Islands.

Using funds raised through the Health Lottery, the Trust is now looking to invest in project that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods – funding will be made available to not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

Proposed projects can be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

The Trust is looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. They expect applications from small groups of people on an estate or in a few streets or villages who have great ideas from communities of interest.

Groups will have something in common and wish to come together to address a project that is important to them – ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.
John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities.

“Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women or a computer skills support group run for and by older people. It can be support for local people to become community organisers or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, April 13. To apply for funding, groups are invited to visit