Aberdeenshire Council launches Rural Communities Challenge Fund 2023/24

From Aberdeenshire Council

The Aberdeenshire Local Action Group’s Rural Communities Challenge Fund 2023-24 is now live and open for applications.

The scheme delivers funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural Community Led Local Development programme.

Applications are being invited from community groups, public sector organisations, charities and co-operatives throughout Aberdeenshire (excluding the Cairngorms area) and can fund specific activities aimed at benefitting rural communities in the region.

Submissions will be assessed and approved by the Aberdeenshire Local Action Group (LAG), a cross-sector partnership which represents rural communities throughout Aberdeenshire.

Funding will be targeted towards capital expenditure which can be delivered before February 28, 2024, and supports one or more of the following priorities:

  • Low Carbon Community Buildings
  • Active and Connected Communities

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 will be available, and a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects by applicants is desirable but not essential.

LAG Chair Gina Ford said: “Following the success of last year’s Rural Community Led Vision we are delighted to announce the launch of this new round of funding for our rural communities.

“With the high cost of energy continuing to be a worry for everyone we hope to support even more projects that will have a positive impact across Aberdeenshire.”

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Gillian Owen said: “The Communities Challenge Fund is an excellent opportunity for groups and organisations who have projects in mind to take them forward over the coming months.

“Our team is ready to provide further information and support to help groups make their applications and I would encourage all those interested to get in touch.”

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Monday, September 4, and the application form and guidance can be found at Rural Communities Challenge Fund – Aberdeenshire Council.

Further information and support is available by contacting externalfunding@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

The full weblink to the applications page is https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-support/funding/rural-communities-challenge-fund/