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Winners of £350k TSI Moray public vote grants announced

By Lewis McBlane

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SUCCESSFUL Moray bids for a slice of £350,000 have been announced.

Moray School Bank have received a huge boost from the grant scheme..Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Moray School Bank have received a huge boost from the grant scheme..Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Bids were submitted to the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund and the Community Wellbeing Participatory Grant Making (PGM) schemes earlier this year.

TSI Moray, which administers the funds, gave the public the chance to decide which local groups would receive cash.

Announcing that the results had been determined, a TSI Moray spokeperson said: "Congratulations to all of the above, and heartfelt commiserations to all the individuals and groups whose very worthwhile projects will not be offered funding on this occasion.

"Every project attracted in excess of 430 votes, with 3,459 people overall taking part in voting.

"Money for Moray and tsiMORAY are very grateful for the efforts of every person and group who applied, and everyone who voted, as well as all those who took part in shaping the process, as this is a brilliant result for people in Moray and for the development of participatory democracy.

"We hope every individual and group taking part can feel proud that their project and ideas have received support, whether or not they receive an award offer on this occasion.

"We also hope we can continue to work together to develop connections made, to the benefit of the development of their project idea, of their group, of their local community, and of the people of Moray."

The largest grants have been awarded as part of the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund, with £333,333 awarded in total to projects across Moray.

The Forres Area Community Trust received the biggest cash boost, with the group awarded £50,000 to make improvements to Forres Town Hall including better insulation.

Elgin Street Pastors have been awarded £45,986 to help provide a safezone vehicle to support their town centre services.

The Moray School Bank has been given £42,000, which will secure some electric transport for the organisation.

Moray Waste Busters will benefit from a new van with their slice of the funding, which comes to £41,040.

Lossiemouth-based Outfit Moray have been awarded £37,800 to bolster the delivery of their Bike Revolution.

Training, refurbishment and reuse charity ReBOOT will receive £30,000 to renew their company vehicle.

Wild Things, an outdoor education charity based near Forres, is set to secure an improved Wild Things Minibus with their £30,000 boost.

£20,000 was also awarded as part of the Community Wellbeing PGM scheme, supporting projects which improve healthy living and accessibility.

Projects supported include Keith Kerb's bid to protect the future of Keith Skatepark, Keith and Dufftown Railways push for an access ramp and the Hopeman Community Heritage Garden's edible raised beds and wildlife pond plan.

See below all the other successful grant bids:

Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund

REAP – £25,507 for inclusion of person with disabilities

1st Elgin Scouts – £9161 for an electric lawnmower

Friends of Biblical Garden – £9000 for a greener friendly environmental garden

Elgin & District Men’s Shed – £6343 for a tools upgrade

Transition Town Forres – £4584 for Forres community composting

Zero Carbon Moray – £1900 for energy fairs across Moray

Community Wellbeing PGM

Finechty Mens Shed – £2000 to provide a disabled toilet at the community workshop

Forres Area Community Trust – £2000 for a Menopause Moments pilot

Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC – £1999 for Tools for Recovery

The Fishermen’s Hall Trust – £1728 for MensKave

Moray Loves Nature – £1600

The Loft Youth Project – £1590 for Easter Holidays activities

Assistance Dogs Scotland CIC – £1440 for an ADSCiC assistance dog training package

Wild Things! – £1425 for Sanquhar Wood after school club

Findochty Town Hall – £985 for a power failure changeover switch

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