Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News




Moray community groups are set to benefit from new Scottish Government funding to tackle poverty, inequality and rural disadvantage.

Around 250 community groups, social enterprises and charities across Scotland will receive a share of £11.5 million in 2019-20 through the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund.

Projects in Moray, such as Moray Food Plus, Forres Area Community Trust, Lossiemouth Community Development Trust, and Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust , will be supported with the new funding.   

Local groups that will benefit from the money operate in areas as diverse as Forres, Lossiemouth and Speyside.

Further funding each year, over the next two years, will allow recipient groups to create longer-term plans and this, in turn, will help Moray’s most disadvantaged residents. 

Local SNP MSP Richard Lochhead said:

“It is incumbent upon all of us to challenge inequality wherever it rears its head. 

“This new fund will promote community-led solutions to try and get the best possible outcomes for Moray’s most vulnerable people. 

“The flexible, multi-year structure of the funding is geared towards sustainability.  It will give these initiatives confidence that they will have resources they need to succeed.

“It is the tireless dedication and compassion of all the local volunteers that allows these projects to exist.  I am confident that this funding will allow these projects to flourish.” 

The complete list of organisations in Moray set to benefit from funding is as follows:

  • Moray Food Plus
  • Ekopia Resource Exchange – Findhorn


  • Forres Area Community Trust
  • Lossiemouth Community Development Trust
  • Step by Step Moray
  • Joint Community Councils of Moray
  • Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust

The new Investing in Communities Fund forms part of the Scottish Government’s wider Empowering Communities Programme.

The fund offers availability of multiyear awards, which means funding is available over three financial years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 with projects able to apply for funding for more than one year. This allows for longer term planning to develop and support communities to design and deliver local community-led solutions to tackle poverty and inequalities.

The full list of successful projects will be made available on the Scottish Government’s Empowering Communities Fund webpage.