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Council seeks bids for EU challenge funds

Press release   •   Aug 31, 2016 10:21 BST

Moray Council is inviting bids for two separate challenge funds supported by finance from the EU.

One of the funds will take forward projects in the Moray area for an employability strategy, while the other will fund a poverty and social inclusion strategy.

The council has been provisionally allocated over £3million of European Social Fund money by the Scottish Government for the employability strategy and over £500,000 for the poverty and social inclusion strategy.

Both projects will run until the end of 2018.

Any European funding received via Moray Council would cover only 50% of eligible costs and organisations submitting bids will be required to explain clearly where they intend sourcing the other 50%.

Match funding cannot come from private funds or other European funding.

Applications for both funds need to be submitted by September 30 and further information is available by e-mailing

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.