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Communities urged to apply for Aberdeenshire Area Committee grant funding

By David Porter

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Aberdeenshire Council is inviting community groups to apply for a share of the £61,500 allocated to the Buchan Area Committee Grant Scheme 2022 and the Formartine Area Committee’s top up budget of £81.200.

The fund of £81,200 is available for projects which aim to help and improve local communities in the Formartine Area.

For an application form and further information please visit https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/formartine/

Communities across Buchan can apply for 80 per cent of the total cost of a project with a maximum of £5000 - or £10,000 if the work is deemed a priority by the community.

The £10,000 limit will apply to projects where the work has been identified and prioritised by the community and will help them deliver targets identified in their action plans.

These projects may help groups develop halls or parks, explore asset transfer opportunities, develop community resilience plans, improve the sustainability of their assets through renewable energy or carbon footprint reducing measures, as well as addressing emerging priorities where evidence supports the need.

Funding of up to £5000 will be available for projects which can demonstrate wide community benefit and can enhance a local area.

Funding can be used to support a range of initiatives such as improving the appearance of towns and villages, supporting the health and wellbeing of residents, reducing social isolation and supporting community businesses and social enterprises.

Last year, the scheme successfully helped local communities deliver a wide variety of community projects, including upgrades to local facilities in St Fergus, Strichen, Maud, Hatton and Mintlaw.

The grant scheme also funded feasibility studies for lighting at Fetterangus football pitch and improvements to the pier at Buchanhaven Harbour, while also supporting Peterhead Men’s Shed and Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust to purchase essential items of equipment.

The deadline for applications is May 29 and all organisations are required to submit a copy of their constitution and most recent verified accounts.

For more information or to request an application form contact applications@bdp.scot or telephone 01771 622071.

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