Public invited to have their say on anti-drug community funding bids

Decision day approaches on community funding round.
Decision day approaches on community funding round.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO have a say on which groups and organisation in Moray should receive grants of up to £1500 is being offered this week.

The Communities Drugs and Alcohol Initiative operated by tsiMoray launched the first in a cycle of Participatory Budgeting opportunities in September.

That has resulted in around 18 local groups and organisations applying – and they will put their case to the public at ‘The Big Vote’ held at The Inkwell in Elgin on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm.

tsiMoray’s Elidh Myrvang Brown said: “The event provides people with the opportunity to find out more about an interesting and diverse range of project ideas and be offered the chance to vote for their favourites.

“tsiMORAY sought a meaningful number of applications from groups and organisations in Moray that focus on preventing and reducing harm caused directly or indirectly by misuse of drugs and alcohol.

“The aim was to encourage the development of proposals that positively address barriers or challenges, and that have the potential to build happier, healthier, safer, stronger, more equitable and resilient communities in Moray.

“We offered to support the development of ideas into proposals through fun and creative group workshops, or through one-to one appointments. Ongoing we will continue to work with groups to tailor the assistance or support we deliver to best suit them, as far as is practicable.”

The final sifting of applications is being carried out by a stakeholder group ensuring that each meet the minimum criteria – each group will then state their case on Wednesday and a vote taken.

For more information contact Elidh Myrvang Brown on elidh@tsimoray.org.uk or call 01343 541713.

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