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Public vote for Moray community projects


By Lorna Thompson


THE public voted today for Moray community projects in a small grants initiative.

The #YOUCHOOSE4 public vote and showcase was held at Moray College UHI.

Members of the public could choose from 50 projects across two broad themes: Be Healthy, and Connecting Communities through CHIME (connectedness, hope and optimism, identity, meaning and empowerment).

A total of £40,000 will be distributed this year – £20,000 per theme – in small grants of between £200 and £2000.

The voting session took a "friendly marketplace" format, where project representatives were able to chat and connect with voters and each other, demonstrating a range of community-led endeavours that aim to keep people healthy and support recovery in Moray.

Community project representatives at the #YOUCHOOSE4 public vote and showcase at Moray College UHI. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Community project representatives at the #YOUCHOOSE4 public vote and showcase at Moray College UHI. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

The #YOUCHOOSE4 online vote will go live from 5pm today. Anyone wishing to vote can register after that time through tsiMORAY’s website. The online vote will remain open until 10pm on December 9.

There will be a celebration event to announce the results on December 13 at The Inkwell, in Elgin.

Elidh Brown, tsiMORAY programme co-ordinator, said: "This year we aim to increase the number of people voting to over 1000.

"We hope to visit other community events throughout Moray during the voting period to support pop-up, in-person and digital voting in localities too, including in Forres, Lhanbryde and Speyside.

"We are particularly delighted this year to have received more than twice the number of applications as last year, reaching further into Moray’s communities than ever before.

"The public vote and showcase and celebration events are a wonderful way for us to celebrate the brilliant people and spirit of community found here in Moray."



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