APPLICATION FORMS FOR the next stage of the Money for Moray scheme have now been made available for community voluntary groups to try their luck at funding the favourite projects.
Such groups can apply for up to £4000 for any project that offer new or additional measures that would tackle social isolation in any part of the region.
Social isolation is defined as being when an individual experiences a lack or absence of contact such as with family or friends, community involvement or access to services.
A total of £40,000, funded from the Scottish Government’s Community Choices fund, is available under the scheme this year.
As in 2016, groups who meet the criteria will be required to make a short presentation on their proposed project, at a public event in late March at which the public will be invited to attend and vote for their favourite projects.
Money for Moray is a participatory budgeting scheme pioneered in the region last year – it is now being used across Scotland in around two-thirds of local authority areas, as a means of communities making democratic decisions about funding for themselves.
The Money for Moray Working Group ran a successful participatory budgeting scheme in 2016, culminating in two public events in May and June that allocated £120,000 of funds to 34 projects that will benefit the local economy of rural areas in Moray.