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Details of local funding and training opportunities will also be posted on the News & Events feeds of the Local Areas.

Looking for funding?

It can be tricky finding funding for your community group or organisation but there’s lot of support available in Aberdeenshire to help you access funding opportunities.

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action and the Rural Area Partnerships can help community groups and organisations, social enterprises and other bodies to identify and access funding opportunities.

Funding Databases

Help Guides

Scottish Funders Forum Guide

The Scottish Funders Forum joins together different funders. Find out more about them on the Foundation Scotland website.


Aberdeenshire Council have collated free resources to help communities attract crowdfunding, including information about possible funding sources and useful contacts –

Benchmarking Costs

The Big Lottery Fund produce interesting articles, including a handy guide to help applicants understand ‘Benchmarking Costs‘ and the ‘Success rates‘ of funding applications.

VCSE Strength Checker

The VCSE Strength Checker is a free online tool, produced by the Cabinet Office and Big Lottery Fund, designed to help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to improve and develop their resilience. The Checker will provide the organisation with a personalised report highlighting their key strengths and areas for improvement and signpost organisations to other sources of support.

Upcoming Funding and Training Events

Latest Funding and Training News

South Aberdeenshire Village Halls Conference

April 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Event run jointly by Kincardineshire Development Partnership, Marr Area Partnership and Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.  There will be presentations on renewable energy, redeveloping your hall, LEADER funding, guidance [...]

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Aberdeenshire Specific Funding Opportunities

Local Community Planning Groups

Local Community Planning Groups have a small annual budget, which local groups and organisations can apply to – for more information please contact your Local Community Planning Officers.

Area Committees

The six Local Area Committees have an annual budget (previously known as the Area Top-Up Fund) which community groups and organisations can apply to for funding.

Find out more and download an application form from:

Information leaflet about Marr Area Committee Budget:

LEADER funding

The 2015-2020 LEADER funding programme launched in October 2015. The £5million programme, funded by the Scottish Government and EU, is available to support community-led projects and other development activities across Aberdeenshire.

Funding is allocated by an independent Local Action Group (LAG) comprised of representatives from businesses, public sector and third sector organisations.

The North Aberdeenshire programme will allocate £3.3m of the funding to projects in Banff and Buchan, Buchan and Formartine – to find out more visit

The South Aberdeenshire programme will allocate £2.8m of the funding to projects in Garioch, Marr and Kincardine and Mearns – to find out more visit

Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Integrated Care Fund

The Scottish Government have provided Health and Social Care Partnerships with short-term funding to support the integration of Health and Social Care services across Scotland. Organisations can apply to the Integrated Care Fund for funding to support initiatives that focus on prevention, early intervention and care and support for older people or those with long-term health conditions. For more information and a copy of the application form visit:

More information about Health and Social Care Integration in Aberdeenshire can be found in the NHS Grampian website.

Aberdeenshire Sports Council

Grants from Aberdeenshire Council for teams and sportspeople to increase greater participation in sport and develop more qualified coaches.

More info at the Aberdeenshire Council website.

National Funding Programmes

CashBack for Communities

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland. Since 2008, £75million has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act and committed to the CashBack programme.

For more information visit:

Support for New & Established Businesses

Aberdeenshire Council can help new and established businesses identify and access funding sources.

In addition, Business Gateway‘s regionally-based business advisors provide bespoke support to develop business ideas through workshops, events and intensive programmes.

Looking for training opportunities?

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action maintain a training database online:

Aberdeenshire Council also run training events for Community Councils throughout the year, to find out more contact your Local Area Office.