Bringing more to Moray

In the latest events as part of tsiMoray’s ‘Canny Wi’ Cash’ initiative, eighteen charities and community groups have benefited from a total of £15,000, which has been distributed through a PB voting process.

Canny Wi’ Cash is a small grants scheme using a participatory budgeting approach. It is facilitated by tsiMORAY and is for groups, clubs, or projects, that provide activities for the 60+ age group, including those involved in intergenerational activities in Moray. Over 2016, a funding pot of £30,000 has been allocated, with small grants up to £1500 available for a wide variety of items and activities.

Video from 1st round of tsiMoray's Canny wi' Cash, 2015/16.

In the second round of PB in April , community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations were invited to apply for between £100 and £1500 to support activities around early intervention or preventative work in adult health. The closing date for applications was the 1st July 2016.

The decision-making events were held in late August.  Unlike conventional PB processes which generally involve wider members of the public, the decision-making was limited to the organisations that had proposed projects. Project proposals were displayed anonymously and participants voted for their favoured proposals.

Martin Robertson, Development Officer for tsiMORAY said: “We were very impressed by the sheer number of high-quality proposals we received from local groups.

“We are delighted to provide a total of £15,000 to support these 18 projects, and I hope this funding helps their plans to become a reality. What is most important though is the community affected by the decisions were able to decide which projects would be most valuable to them.”

One of the groups who have benefited previously is T Time from Cullen, a luncheon and social group for older people. A spokesperson for the group said: “The money provided a Christmas meal to 105 people in our community. They were so grateful for this opportunity. We catered for pensioners, widows and for two care homes who all said this was a real bonus at Christmas.”

This year was the second year in which the initiative has been operating in Moray with a total of £60,000 now awarded to small community-led groups.

Grants were awarded to:

  • The Lampie Hoose where the money will be used to buy a music centre and CDs to facilitate activities for those with early dementia.
  • Moray Coast Table Tennis Club to buy some much needed equipment and to assist in expanding their membership to include children and adults aged from 10 to 80 year olds.
  • Inspirational Colours to pay for venue hire, art and craft supplies, tea and coffee and social activities for those with mental health conditions.
  • Happy Hanovers to purchase games equipment which will allow group members to take part in gentle activities and to promote social inclusion for tenants of sheltered housing.
  • Buckie BALL Group where the money will be used to improve and extend the exercise programme, purchase a hands-free microphone for dance instructors and provide transport for their social outing.
  • Elgin Stroke Friends to pay for a day out to the Boyndie Centre and put on a Christmas party event for members.
  • Moray Retired Person’s Friendship group where the grant will be used to pay for hall hire for a full year’s worth of meetings.
  • Bishopmill BALL Group where the funding will purchase kurling sets, bowls sets, boccia, skittles, adjustable indoor nets and games sets, street bowls and a secure storage unit.
  • Elgin Youth Café to host four tea parties and four cooking programmes aimed specifically at older people.
  • Lossiemouth Bowls Group where the funds will be used to repair, paint and maintain the clubhouse, replace kitchen equipment and purchase new equipment to maintain the green.
  • Speyside Car Share Scheme to help cover the phone costs which facilitate the service and to cover volunteer expenses for the 30+ volunteers required to keep the service running.
  • Castlehill Veg, Getting Incredible where the money will be used to purchase garden tools, raised beds, a storage shed, seeds, netting and canes so that people of all ages and abilities can grow food in public spaces for members of the community to help themselves to.
  • Grant Hall, Rothes to purchase new catering equipment so that community groups can utilise the kitchen as well as the installation of induction loop systems for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
  • Cullen BALL Group to fund a variety of workshops including exercise sessions, talks, craft sessions and more to allow for a of varied programme of activity for older people.
  • NHS Retirement Fellowship Group where the funds will be used to pay for venue hire for 10 month’s worth of meetings and to invite an interesting variety of speakers to the events.
  • Moray Mental Health where the grant will pay for regular bus trips from April through to October to allow accessibility to the group’s drop in sessions and to fund a regular newsletter.
  • Dallas Senior Citizens Network where the grant will pay for a summer outing, Christmas party and two day trips.
  • Portgordon Lunch Club to purchase games equipment which will allow the group of mixed physical ability to take part in regular games to sustain members’ health and wellbeing.

For more information, please contact Martin Robertson, Community Well being Officer, tsiMORAY, by calling 01343 541713 or by emailing

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