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 hereYou can also use our Community Toolkit to search for funding on our website - it's a great tool for searching for funding.

Watch the Institute of Fundraising videos at the bottom of this page and visit their website for an Introduction to Fundraising

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Volunteering Support Fund closes 14th July 2017The fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

One Family Community Awards offers up to £25k. Deadline 19th July 2017. Categories are Active Living, Community Groups, Health, Disability and Social Care, Lifelong Learning.‚Äč 

The Social Innovation Fund enables social economy organisations to work in collaboration with research institutions, the public and private sector to develop, test and scale up new ideas and solutions to tackle poverty and disadvantage.  The closing date is 21st July 2017.  

Community Choices Fund is a new fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.  PB is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how public funds can be used to address local needs. Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.  Deadline 21st July 2017. 

Grassroots Giving 2017
Small local groups across the UK who are not registered charities can apply to the Skipton Building Society for £500. 162 winners will be chosen by the public. Applications should show a real commitment to the local community, be volunteer orientated, and used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members. Successful applicants will offer ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact.’ Deadline is 31stJuly 2017. For more information, visit:

UnLtd offers competitive awards programmes and support for social entrepeneurs at various stages of their journey.  The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash.  Deadline is 3rd August 2017.

O2 Think Big are excited to be able to offer up to £500 for your social action project all aimed at innovation and creating something new.  If you’re aged 15-24 you could be in with the chance of receiving up to £500 funding for your big idea that thinks outside the box!  If you have a creative and unique project idea, then we want to help you get it off the ground.  Deadline 6th August 2017. 

The Environment Now Fund offers up to £10,000 to those aged between 17 and 24 with an idea to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or increasing recycling.

Climate Challenge Fund The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. Community-led organisations are invited to apply for CCF funding, with grants of up to £150,000 available per organisation, per year for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020.  Expression of interest deadline is 28th August 2017.  Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available and are considered on a monthly basis. Visit:

Big Lottery Early Action System Change award of up to £1million.  Tackling the root cause of inequality by helping local organisations collaborate to make the shift towards early action.  Deadline 2nd October 2017

The Rowing Foundation grants
The Foundation prioritises participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment, such as boats, sculls, ergos, oars and essential safety equipment. The deadline for applications is 6th November 2017. Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available. To find out more visit the website at:

Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities
Persimmon Healthy Communities supports sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland. From May to December 2017 they are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under. In January 2018 30 businesses will choose one entry to go forward into a national competition. The national prize is a massive £200,000 for you, your club or team. There are also two runners-up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

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 

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. Open all year round.  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:

Jo Walters £1,000 Maths Grants area available to fund ideas to inspire your students, raise attainment and promote a love of Maths. 

Cairngorms National Park travel grant

The scheme is now 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

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:

St James's Place Foundation offers up to £10,000 funding for UK registered charities supporting Young People with Special Needs, Supporting Disadvantaged Young People, Supporting People with Cancer There are no deadlines

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: