AVA subscribes to the Grantfinder program - a comprehensive database of funders from across the UK and Europe. Community groups operating across Aberdeenshire are welcome to use the fundingprogram to search for funding opportunities. You can contact our Funding Officer, Donna Speed on: 03718 110008 or email: to arrange an appointment to use the service or download the Grantfinder form here and email it to Donna.

AVA distributes a newsletter every month containing up-to-date funding information - read our newsletters here.

You can also use our Community Toolkit to search for funding on our website - you must be an AVA member to use this service.

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Millions of LEADER Grant Funding still available as inspiring Aberdeenshire project selected for National Showcase
An inspiring LEADER-funded project from Aberdeenshire has been chosen to be a showcase for Community Led Local Development in Scotland. Social Enterprise Boyndie Trust on the Banffshire Coast is featured in a case-study and short film, published on the Scottish Rural Development Website. Projects are urged to come forward to access the fund, as millions are still available in North East Scotland.
The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group have been allocated £3.3m of LEADER funding from the Scottish Government and the EU. The group, NALAG for short, can use this to provide grant support to inspiring and innovative projects in Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine. Launched in November 2015, the programme is underspent and looking for projects to come forward. Information on the North Aberdeenshire LEADER programme can be found at, or contact, 01467 534465.  The Boyndie Trust case study can be found at

Your Voice Your Choice - Improving Health, Wellbeing, Environment and your Community. 

Your Voice Your Choice is a project that will involve local people. Residents will decide for themselves what projects are needed to improve health, wellbeing, environment and community in their area, and may be involved in delivering these. This is known as participatory budgeting - which always involves members of the public voting on how to spend a public budget. Funding is available to fund local initiatives - this money has been provided by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Aberdeenshire Council. Organisations can apply for different amounts of money depending on which area they are in - use the contacts below to find out more. The money will be used to fund projects and services that will improve health, wellbeing, environment and your community. Online digital voting will be open and you can vote in person on the ‘Big Vote’ days. Attendees will listen to short presentations from each group applying for money, you must be able to stay and listen to all the presentations. Then residents will vote for the ones they like the most. Those with the most votes will be funded.

  • Fraserburgh Event: The Big Vote is on Saturday 17th of June at: Fraserburgh Academy, Dennyduff Road, Fraserburgh AB43 9NA
    Email: for an application form. For more information, contact: Caroline Smith, Community Planning Officer at: Tel: 01261 813 305 or M: 07785 331 152. **The deadline for applying is Friday 28th April 2017**
  • South Mearns Coastal Strip event: The Big Vote is on Saturday 24th June at Bervie Primary School
    Email Ed Garrett at: or call 01569 668055 or 07410987124. **The deadline for applying is Friday 26th May 2017**
  • Peterhead event: The Big Vote is on Saturday 24th June at Peterhead Academy.
    Email Aileen Grant at: or call: 07585 603 055. **The deadline for applying is 22nd June 2017** 
  • Turriff event: The Big Vote is on 24th June 2017. Email Lindsay Adam on or call: 07964 034 263. **The deadline for applications is 7th May 2017**
  • Garioch event: Contact Dawn on or Tel. 07514 449 127. **The deadline for applications has passed**

For an application form and more information on events and applications, visit the Your Voice Your Choice website at:

Growing A Greener Britain: Small Grants Programme
This fund wants to help communities to grow a greener Britain by supporting them to transform green spaces. We know that there are many people across the UK who have fantastic, creative and innovative ideas that could help to improve their local spaces. This small grant fund is designed to help turn these ideas into reality! Any constituted community group is invited to apply. Please remember that due to limited funding projects of a value of up to £1,000 can only be supported and that not every project can be rewarded. For more information, visit:

Funding for a 'Fairer Scotland'
£29 million worth of funding for community and third sector projects is available to help support the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, published in October 2016.  £12 million of the funding comes from the European Social Fund
The Scottish Government will direct £18.9 million into a new 'Aspiring Communities Fund' which offers funding opportunities for third sector organisations and community projects working to find long lasting local solutions to poverty. A further £9.7 million will be dedicated to the 'Growing the Social Economy Programme', which will enable third sector organisations to try new ideas and approaches by collaborating with research organisations or supporting people to improve their skills. Full information about the funds can be found here:

Shared Care Creative Breaks Funding
The Scottish Government has made the Short Breaks Fund available to help support and sustain Scottish carers, including young carers and kinship carers, through enabling better access to short breaks or respite care. View the funding available in your area at:

Buchan Area Committee Small Grant Scheme
Applications are now being sought for grants from the Aberdeenshire Council Buchan Area Committee budget grant scheme. Small projects grants of up to £4,000 can be applied for where the work has been identified and prioritised by the community through a robust community consultation process.  £36,000 will be set aside for one or two larger capital projects which contribute to social or physical regeneration within the Buchan area. For eligibility, groups should be constituted and be able to provide financial records. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31st May. Buchan Development Partnership can provide guidance for potential projects and it is strongly recommended that groups discuss their project with them before applying - contact or phone 01771 613666.

Cairngorms National Park travel grant scheme is now open

The scheme is open to all schools in Scotland and voluntary groups who experience disadvantage, to make educational trips to the Cairngorms National Park. Grants of up to £200 or 75% of travel costs are available to cover the costs of transport, which is known to be a key barrier to these groups visiting the Park. Priority will be given to applications from schools and groups from areas of social deprivation, those who have not visited the Park before and groups who support people with disabilities, young people, ethnic minorities and those who experience economic disadvantage or health inequality. To find out more and download an application form, please visit


Great Places scheme
Recently launched in Scotland, the Great Place Scheme has been designed by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and partners to ensure intelligent investment in place-based regeneration. It offers funding for greater collaboration between cultural, community and civic organisations in tackling issues such as poverty and inequality, employment, education and health. Placing heritage at the heart of joined-up thinking, the scheme responds to specific Scottish needs including:

  • “The Great Place Scheme is a challenge to local leaders to work together to put culture right at the centre of their local plans.” Ros Kerslake, HLF Chief Executive
  • Creating new dynamic networks and partnerships to maximise community benefit
  • Devising new ways to include both the built and natural heritage in the provision of local education and health services
  • Addressing inequality, involving young people and providing opportunities for training
  • Researching and demonstrating the contribution made by heritage to the local economy
  • Exploring and piloting new ways to finance cultural organisations.
  • Building on initiatives and partnerships already in place

Expressions of interest must be submitted by June 8th. More here:


Social Investment Scotland: Growth & Replication Challenge 
The growth & replication challenge is a competitive opportunity that combines bespoke business support worth up to £10,000 with tailored financial backing. They’re looking for established charities or social enterprises who have developed strategies for growth or replication, are looking for investment between £100k and £1m and need help to make that happen in 2017. For more information, visit:

North Marr Participatory Budgeting Fund
Marr Community Planning Group (MCPG) invites expressions of interest for projects based in North Marr between the communities of Corgarff and Gartly. The project must meet at least one of the priorities from the Marr Community Plan 2016-2019 and one of the nine National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes. Funding that covers the whole area will be available for £28,000; however, if a project covers either the Alford network (from Corgarff to Lumsden) or the Huntly network (from Lumsden to Gartly) then £14,000 will be available for each area. If your expression of interest is successful you will be invited to submit a full project proposal by 31st May. If you would like more information about the concept of Participatory Budgeting, guidance about the fund and an expression of interest form, contact Roisin Daly at:

Let’s play with MyParkScotland

We want our parks to be alive with the sound of play!  With all the talk of an increasingly inactive society, there is no better place to play - no matter what your age - than in parks and green spaces across Scotland. On 21st March, MyParkScotland launched the second crowdfund campaign theme for 2017: the focus is on projects promoting and enhancing outdoor play in your park. Eight projects are currently part of the Let’s Play theme and they are looking for your support to help them fund their playful projects. They include bike trails, playpark improvements, outdoor gym and new play areas. If your group has a project that might suit the MyPark Scotland theme - have a look at their website to find out more and submit a proposal. Visit:

Road Safety Trust accepting applications for May Deadline
The Road Safety Trust, an independent charitable trust, works to support projects and research that will make the UK’s roads safer for all road users and reduce the numbers of people killed or injured on UK roads. The Trust provides funding to public and professional UK organisations, including charities and university departments, for projects that are innovative and will enhance the knowledge and practice of the road safety community. Grants of up to £100,000 are available over a period of up to three years to support projects that are innovative and will enhance the knowledge and practice of the road safety community. Applicants should be able to give a clear indication of their project’s benefit to road safety. The deadline for applications is 26th May 2017. Visit the website at:

Charities offer libraries funding opportunity
The Carnegie UK Trust and Wellcome have teamed up to launch Engaging Libraries which wants to help public libraries which have projects promoting health and wellbeing and creative public engagement. They are looking to support 10 UK libraries for one year with projects that seek to engage people on issues like understanding how the brain works, exploring how to cope with a long-term illness, or sharing experiences of IVF treatment through engaging. Activities might include exhibitions, film screenings, performances or the development of digital tools. Applications will be open from 2nd May until 23rd August 2017. Library staff interested in applying are invited to a workshop where they can receive further information and support to develop ideas. In Scotland, the workshop will be held in Dunfermline on 18th May 2017. More information can be found on the Carnegie UK Trust website at:

Scottish & Southern Energy Networks Resilient Communities Fund – North of Scotland: £285,000 of funding available in 2017The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities working in our north of Scotland network area. The fund will support projects that: 

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.
  • Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

To discuss a potential application, or for general information and advice about the fund, please contact the Community Funds Manager: Lindsay Dougan on 0141 224 7729 or email: Deadline: 15th June 2017.

Marr Area Committee Large Project Grant Scheme
This scheme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community organisations for projects which aim to help improve local communities in the Marr Area. The closing date for applications is 29th May and further information and applications forms are attached or available at An alternative grant scheme for community projects seeking smaller amounts of funding (up to £4,000) is also available. For any enquiries on either fund please contact the Marr Area Office by email or phone 019755 20400.