Capacity grants - connecting communities fund

This funding is open to all Aberdeenshire organisations, constituted groups, partnerships and charities who are not for profit wishing to undertake a community project. The group must work with the community to make a difference in relation to the key priorities:   

  • reducing childhood obesity and inactivity
  • intergenerational work and supporting our older citizens
  • celebrating Doric, traditional music and north east culture 

The funding is aimed at programmes to address these priorities as well as the provision of non fixed infrastructure items. Non fixed infrastructure includes, equipment or moveable items which can be used to deliver on the stated priorities. The funding will only cover the cost of the equipment it will not cover any ongoing maintenance.   

Funding can be used to train staff to allow them to coach or work with groups to attain the above three key priorities.

How much is available

A total fund of £120,000 is available in year one, 2017/18. With awards of £2,000, £5,000 and £10,000.

In each round, 50 percent of this fund (£60,000) will be allocated to the four regeneration towns in the north of Aberdeenshire, namely Banff, Fraserburgh, Macduff, and Peterhead. 

You will need to contribute towards the total cost of the project: 

  • If £5,000 is awarded, your organisation will need to provide a 25 percent contribution
  • If £10,000 is awarded, your organisation will need to provide a 50 percent contribution

These percentage contributions need to come from other sources, which could be existing funds or other external sources. 

When is the funding available

There are four rounds of funding, each one will close on the last working day of the following months:

Closing Date


Amount Allocated

Percentage Allocation

31st March 2017

Round 1



31st May 2017

Round 2



31st August 2017

Round 3



31st October 2017

Round 4



Any applications received after the closing dates will go forward into the next round of funding, if they are still valid in terms of the date an event is due to take place. 

Applications received after 31 October 2017 will not be considered.

If the full allocation of funding is not spent in any round, the funds will be carried over to the next round, this may mean that some allocation rounds are greater than those shown above, however the overall amount of funding, £120,000, will remain the same for the financial year period 2017/18. 


General conditions

Regardless of the fund you are applying for, you must comply with the general conditions.

Specific conditions

When applying for the connecting communities fund, you must also comply with the following conditions:

  • groups with leases for premises which belong to Aberdeenshire Council will not be eligible to apply for this fund
  • you will be responsible for any ongoing maintenance on equipment
  • if you do not own the premises, you must have permission to store and use the equipment at a named site
  • if the owner of the equipment authorises third party use, the owner must agree the terms and conditions of use with the third party 
  • you must advise what you will do with the equipment if the project or organisation ceases to exist
  • where the applicant needs to provide a percentage of the funding, the applicant needs to evidence that this funding is already awarded or guaranteed to be awarded
  • your funding must be awarded prior to the activity taking place

In the event of over-subscription to this funding, those projects which most closely match the criteria for the funding will be selected. 

Grant agreement

If your application is successful, you will be required to sign a grant agreement.

The detailed terms and conditions which apply to the grant you are being offered are set out in both the grant agreement and within the general and specific conditions shown on this webpage. Please note that grant agreement represents a legally binding agreement between the grant recipient and Aberdeenshire Council and you may wish to seek independent legal advice on its terms prior to signing.

Funding will be paid to you on receipt of the signed grant agreement (pdf 192KB), this should be submitted in order to process payment.

Before you apply

It takes between four to six weeks to process your application and funding can only be used for activities that have not started yet, so please send your application in plenty of time. 

How to apply

If your application is successful, you will be required to sign a grant agreement.

To apply in paper download and complete the connecting communities fund application form (pdf 118KB).

Please ensure that all questions are fully answered as this will delay your application.

Please send your completed application form and documents to the business development team

Additional documents 

You must also provide the following documents with your application:

  • a copy of your constitution or memorandum and articles, if you hold these
  • your latest independently audited accounts
  • a copy of your latest bank statement
  • evidence of other guaranteed funding if your application is for £5,000 or £10,000
  • copies of documentation to evidence the costs for costs relating to your project as outlined in part 4 funding breakdown of the application form

Application process

The application process is detailed on the capacity grants general guidance page.  

Contact details

If you require further information, guidance or assistance with this, please contact the business development team

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