Groups urged to consider a little Money for Moray boost

Money for Nothing returns in the new year.

COMMUNITY CAUSES ARE being offered another chance to boost their projects with the team behind the participatory funding scheme ‘Money for Moray’ announcing a new £40,000 funding round.

Earlier this year the scheme proved to be a smash-hit success with dozens of Moray groups receiving grants – now those who missed out the first time or have new projects in line have an opportunity to claim a maximum of £4000 for their cause.

Money for Moray is funded through the Scottish Government’s Community Choices scheme, and is designed for projects that voluntary community groups put forward to tackle social isolation in Moray.

Ideas for projects could include those that tackle some of the causes of social isolation, including lack of access to services, accessible transport issues, loneliness and low income levels.

Groups will be able to apply once for up to £4000 and application forms will be available from January 5 – applications will close on February 10. Applicant groups who meet the criteria will be asked to make a short presentation to the public at an event to be held in late March 2017.

Alastair Kennedy of the Money for Moray Working Group encouraged groups across Moray to apply: “Here is an opportunity to progress what may as yet be an idea and take it to fruition, to help relieve the awful effects of social isolation which are found across Scotland.

“That idea, if firmed up and taken to application stage, may at least make a difference to Moray folk who find themselves in this unenviable position. What`s to lose by applying?”

Further details on the scheme, including how to apply, will be available in early January.