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Second round of voting in Money for Moray

Press release   •   Jun 20, 2016 11:40 BST

The second round of voting will take place this weekend for Moray community projects vying for a share of £60,000 of funding.

Moray Council and the Scottish Government have put up a total of £120,000 to be allocated to community groups through a participatory budgeting process entitled Money for Moray.

Participatory budgeting allows the public to make democratic decisions about funding for their local communities.

Because of the number of bids for funding, the group of volunteers running the Money for Moray initiative decided to have two events at which local groups could give a short presentation on their individual projects following which the public would be able to vote for their preferred projects.

Last month 17 community groups from across Moray each received a slice of the £60,000 that was up for grabs at the first of the two events.

The second event, which will follow the format of the first, takes place at the Grant Hall in Rothes on Sunday, June 26 from 1.30pm.

Once again, the public will have the opportunity to hear about each of the projects before casting their vote. The event is open to all Moray residents although only those 14 and over will be eligible to vote.

In fairness to all the community groups making presentations and hoping to be among the successful bidders, members of the public will be expected to remain for the duration of the event.

Transport has been arranged for anyone in need of help getting to the event and bookings can be made by calling Anita Milne at Lhanbryde Community Centre on 01343 843025.

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.