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More community groups benefit from Money for Moray

Press release   •   Jun 28, 2016 11:26 BST

A further 17 community groups from across Moray secured funding for a variety of local projects in the second round of voting in the Money for Moray programme on Sunday.

They each got a share of the £60,000 that was up for grabs at the event in the Grant Hall at Rothes.

Moray Council and the Scottish Government had put up a total of £120,000 in a participatory budgeting initiative which allowed the public to vote on which projects they considered to be the most deserving.

Because of the number of bids from community groups, it was decided to hold two separate events with £60,000 of funding available at each.

The first event last month also saw 17 groups walk away with a slice of the available funding.

Sunday saw almost 170 people in attendance, with 160 voting papers returned – around double the number from May’s event.

Money for Moray was the first participatory budgeting exercise in Scotland to be led by a working group of volunteers drawn from community councils, area forums and the Moray Federation of Community Halls and Associations.

In all the working group members committed over 900 hours to the project.

Groups whose bids were successful on Sunday were:

J’s Pad, Dufftown – Play areas for all disabilities - £5000

Dufftown and District Pipe Band – Pipe band expansion - £2205

Speyside Youth Ltd – Social enterprise fund - £5000

Speymouth Hall Association – Upgrading hall infrastructure - £4308

Arc Sessions – Folk music nights in Fochabers - £2500

Dufftown and District RBL Club Ltd – Gas supply installation - £3669

Portgordon Village Hall – Barometer Café - £4974

Burghead Coastal Rowing Club – Rowing equipment - £493

Aberlour Community Association – Refurbishment of former station building - £2500

Hopeman Amateur Dramatic Society – Transform: The Big Reveal - £3500

Inchberry and District Community Association – Picnic tables replacement - £5000

Craigellachie Village Council – Refurbish tennis pavilion - £5000

Hopeman Floral – Reinstate East Road rose bed - £450

Kinloss Village Floral Club – Nature trail - £4872

Moray Handy Person Service – Expansion of toenail trimming service - £5000

Fochabers Village Association – Public Institute regeneration - £5000

Findochty Water Sports Club – St Ayles skiff community rowing - £820

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 92,500 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.