Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting (PB) gives local people the opportunity to decide where public money is spent in their communities.

There are two types of PB processes, one which distributes funds to local projects and the other which is known as Mainstream PB and allows the public to vote on how the council spends part of its budget. Where appropriate we work in conjunction with community representatives to arrange, publicise and run events attended by members of the local community, who then vote on which projects or proposals should receive an award.

Further information on Participatory Budgeting can be found in the PB Toolkit, at the PB Scotland website and PB Network website  or via the Community Support Unit.

Moray Council's PB Policy Statement and Framework approved January 2020.   

Access the Council’s online platform for Community Engagement  -  Our Community, Our Choices

UK Shared Prosperity Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding

Moray Council is inviting local organisations in the arts, culture and heritage sectors to apply for revenue grants of up to £20k, funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund grant can only be used for revenue costs attached to project proposals such as, but not limited to, putting on events, performances and activities, running costs, wages and professional fees, or for trips and excursions.

Guidance is available here.

You can apply for up to £20,000 if you are a group of organisations working in partnership. You can apply for up to £10,000 if you are a single organisation.

A simple application form can be completed online from Friday 17 November 2023 until 9am Monday 8th January 2024, and can be found online This application cannot be partially filled in and saved. Please read the guidance first before completing.

If you have any questions about the fund or would like to discuss your project first, please contact

If you are interested in a Q & A session or would be interested in discussing potential partnership opportunities with other organisations you can attend an additional support event from 4-7pm Thursday 7th December 2023 at Chapter House, Elgin, please contact if you would like to attend.

Funding will be distributed through a participatory grant making process, known as Participatory Budgeting, which is a democratic process in which citizens decide directly how to spend part of a public budget.

Arts, Culture and Heritage organisations will be invited to vote for projects they wish to see allocated grants. This will take place at an in-person event on 19 January attended by grant applicants.

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