Eight projects have been awarded £73,000 in funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s 2021-22 Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) programme.
Grants were awarded to organisations along the region’s coast by the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG).
The funding programme distributes revenues generated by Crown Estate Scotland, from which Aberdeenshire Council receives an annual allocation.
In a highly competitive application round – assessed and approved by NESFLAG, a cross-sector partnership comprising representatives from Aberdeenshire’s coastal and fishing sectors – the successful projects were selected for their positive economic, social or environmental impact on coastal communities.
The successful projects are:
• Improvements to Banff Sailing Club’s clubhouse, and new equipment for sailing activities
• Beach wheelchairs for disabled access to St Cyrus beach nature reserve
• A new heating system for Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club’s clubhouse at Stonehaven Harbour
• A new quadbike for farm and coastal tours at ‘Down on the Farm’ near Rosehearty
• Security improvements and a defibrillator at Balmedie Beach football pavilion
• New goalposts and games equipment at Sandend Hall and playing field
• Educational events material for East Grampian Coastal Partnership
• New access point and redevelopment of community facilities at the Apex Centre in Peterhead
Aberdeenshire Council has recently received confirmation of a further allocation from Crown Estate Scotland and a new application round will be launched later this year.
Chair of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle said: “I was hugely impressed with the projects which received funding last year and once again this latest round of funding is supporting a variety of great local projects which will continue to develop Aberdeenshire’s coastal communities. It is particular inspiring to hear of such innovative projects being supported such as beach wheelchairs for disabled access down at St Cyrus and a quadbike for farm and coastal tours at Rosehearty.”
Vice-chair Cllr John Cox added: “The much-needed investment being made in our local sailing clubs, football pavilions and playing fields clearly demonstrates the wealth of opportunity our coastal communities have through this funding programme. I look forward to seeing these projects develop this year and would once again encourage local groups to start considering making bids to our 2022-23 funding programme.”
Jamie Wilkinson, Programme Co-ordinator, said: “Following the success of last year’s programme, the 2021-22 CCCF has proved to be equally popular. Despite relatively short timescales we received a high number of applications, and the approved projects will deliver a range of positive social, environmental and economic outcomes. We encourage any eligible groups to get in touch ahead of the forthcoming application window which we hope to open in the coming months.”
Further details about NESFLAG can be found at www.nesflag.org.uk
Project Details for Stonehaven and District:
East Grampian Coastal Partnership – Education and Outreach Development Project
CCCF Award: £4,616
EGCP Ltd is a local Coastal Partnership that aims to support coastal communities within the area between Fraserburgh and St Cyrus. The funding will be used to support and deploy educational and outreach resources and equipment for EGCP for use in schools, community groups and volunteers. Equipment purchased will include event materials such as pop-up banners and A-frame signs, plus binoculars and telescopes for wildlife watching.
Mike Skitmore, of EGCP, said: “This funding will provide EGCP with a fantastic opportunity to both develop and promote a number of our proposed community educational and outreach activities relating to the preservation and conservation of the Aberdeenshire coast. As a direct result we will be able to engage with more people and to deploy more volunteers in some exciting new projects.”
Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club – ASYC Clubhouse Enhancement
CCCF Award: £9,687
Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club have been awarded £9,687 to upgrade the clubhouse at Stonehaven Harbour. Improvements include new doors and windows, as well as new radiators throughout the building. The enhancements will enable the clubhouse to be used throughout the winter months as a base for the club’s activities and a community and social venue.
Hamish McLullich of Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club said: “Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club is delighted to receive NESFLAG funding for windows replacement and heating installation. This will help maintain the condition and appearance of the clubhouse, and move towards a facility available for year-round use.”