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tsiMORAY is working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a Pilot Participatory Grant Making (PGM) programme for the local communities in Moray.


Over 70 members of the local community have helped to shape this Fund so far, by sharing their ideas and feedback through our stakeholder events and surveys.


With a total of £20,000 to be distributed the Fund is live from the week beginning Monday 24th October.


Applications are invited for projects from between £200 and £2,000 with a focus on improving ‘Community Wellbeing’.


Through this PGM process community members will have a vote in deciding what projects are funded, so we look forward to as many people as possible becoming involved.

If you require further information please contact



Monday 24 October 2022 - FUND OPEN

Monday 21 November (10am) - FUND CLOSES

Further information about the Fund will be available through online Briefing Sessions on these dates:

Monday 31st October (10am – 11am) - REGISTER ONLINE

Wednesday 2nd November (7pm – 8pm) - REGISTER ONLINE

We will also be running in person drop in events as part of our Funding Roadshow across Moray from 27 Oct - 17 Nov, where you'll be able to find out more info. All events will run from 3pm - 8pm and are drop-in events (no booking needed).

27 October - Boyd Room, Fishermens Hall, Buckie

1 November - Youth Area, Forres House Community Centre, Forres

3 November - Aberlour Tearooms, Aberlour

8 November - Small Hall, Longmore Community Hall, Keith

10 November - Discovery Centre, Tomintoul

17 November - Elgin Town Hall, Elgin (after Meet the Funders event)



Full Guidance can be downloaded HERE - key information can be viewed below. Please read the guidance carefully before submitting your application.  


The online Application Form can be accessed HERE. You can also apply to the fund via a hard copy Word document. If you require this please contact


tsiMORAY is working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a Pilot Participatory Grant Making (PGM) Fund for and with local communities in Moray. PGM is all about bringing grant-making power back into our local communities. PGM invites local people to take part in deciding who and what to fund. Starting in June 2022, we invited members of the local communities within Moray to be part of this Pilot PGM journey. Since then, over 70 members of the local community have helped to shape this Fund, by sharing their ideas and making decisions through a mix of events and surveys. Together, local community members have decided on the purpose of the grant, how much you can apply for, who can apply and how successful projects will be chosen.

Who can apply

To apply and progress through to the public vote, you/your organisation must fall into one of the following categories: A third sector organisation (such as a charity, community group, voluntary or not-forprofit organisation). A business, so long as you are a small or medium sized enterprise who can demonstrate evidence of strong links or previous work with the local community. A school and/or a nursery, but you must show that the grant will be for additionality and NOT fill a funding gap. An unconstituted community group, but you must have a community group or third sector organisation to act as your guarantor. An individual or sole trader, but you must have a community group or third sector organisation to act as your guarantor. Please note that if you are successful, funds will be transferred to the guarantor to hold and not to a personal bank account.

What can the money be used for?

We invite projects that contribute to wellbeing in your local community. Through the application, we will invite you to tell us how your project will contribute to wellbeing in your local community, but what does that mean? It may be helpful to think of 'Community Wellbeing' as an umbrella term with lots of different branches. It may include: Lifelong learning Looking after each other Caring for the environment Money confidence Feeling safe Local democracy Our stakeholders decided purposefully to keep the definition of community wellbeing broad and holistic to encourage a wide range of projects.

How much can be applied for?

We invite applications for projects costing between £200 and £2,000. There is a total of £20,000 to be distributed through participatory grant making (PGM) in the form of small grants to projects with a focus on improving community wellbeing.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted using the online form available on tsiMORAY’s website below and supported by the required documentation as applicable. Incomplete application forms can be saved and accessed again later for applicants wishing to spread the process over more than one session. Please see the ‘what information we need’ section, below, for details about the information and documents you will be asked to provide. Support may be available from tsiMORAY for groups unable to complete the online form. Please contact us at below for further information.

How and when will decisions be made?

21 November 2022 (10am) - Closing date for applications. 23 November - Assess eligibility of applications (in person). This is an opportunity for stakeholders to meet and deliberate, using a strength and consent-based process. The event will run from 2pm - 4.30pm, location TBC. 29 November - Marketplace and voting event. Online voting opens. 16 December - Online voting closes. 22 December - Voting results announced. Week commencing 9 January - Grants will be distributed to successful applicants.

Support and further information

The funding is intended to benefit the people and communities of Moray. The assumption is that most applications will come from established constituted community groups and organisations, including social enterprises, set up on a non-profit-distributing basis. We welcome applications from unconstituted groups. If you do not have access to a bank account, please contact us before applying and we will be able to advise/assist with this.

All applicants are welcome to contact us by email to to discuss their project before applying.


Applications should be completed and submitted online by the closing date of 10.00am on Monday 21 November 2022.


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