Banff and Buchan area funding

Find out about grants and funding available in the Banff and Buchan area:

Food Growing and Green Spaces Initiative Fund

The aim of the Banff and Buchan Area Food Growing and Green Spaces Initiative Fund is to use the area committee budget to create food growing spaces, address communities' needs and encourage interest and development of these spaces. The initiative supports a Field to Fork approach and enhances our natural environment.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Up to 100% funding of the project can be offered.

The fund can be used for:

  • Creating or improving existing food growing spaces at properties such as sheltered housing and schools
  • Allowing people access to fresh air, exercise, and social interaction
  • Acknowledging benefits to their health and wellbeing

Who can apply

The fund is open to community groups or organisations who wish to provide a growing space within their community. Applications may come from groups or organisations representing wide audiences for example care homes, very sheltered housing, schools and well-being groups.


What will not be considered:

  • Applications which are solely or substantially for individual benefit
  • Funding for core activities such as staffing and overheads

Fund eligibility:

  • The food growing or green spaces project must be located within the Banff and Buchan area
  • Projects can be led by public or third sector parties or constituted groups or organisations
  • Any food growing project must aim to make sure that food is consumed by community members as close as possible to the point of production, therefore reducing food mileage (that is in school kitchens and care homes or supplied directly to families in need, or, indirectly via food larders and similar outlets)
  • The project groups must aim to make sure that there is a genuine community focus, encouraging and welcoming people of all ages to learn and work together to improve their skills and knowledge of food growing or biodiversity
  • Projects must progress with a focus on sustainability nurturing the project for the long term, and taking every opportunity to embrace recycling, composting and related opportunities such as seed and plant exchanges and networks
  • Projects must contribute to at least one of the council's priorities: Health and Wellbeing, Resilient Communities, Economy and Enterprise
  • Groups must be able to give an assurance that they will be able to complete their projects and have receipts submitted no later than 14th March 2024
  • The use of the budget or project must not commit the council to recurring expenditure or maintenance


Payment will be made:

  • On the award of funding with receipt or invoices provided as proof of spend
  • By BACS transfer to a group or organisation’s bank account

How to apply

When applying constituted groups or organisations are required to submit a copy of:

  • Most recent, independently examined set of accounts, including their current bank balance and any funds which have been ring fenced for other projects
  • Constitution or Memorandum and Articles

To apply please complete the application form (available in two formats) and email it to with all required copies of documents:

View the Food Growing and Green Spaces Initiative funding privacy notice (PDF 66KB) to find out what we do with your information. 


Please phone 01467 530700 if you need further information.

Area Initiative Fund 2023-24: third tranche

Deadline for applications passed on 13th October 2023. All eligible applications will be considered by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee on 7th November 2023.

Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding

Aberdeenshire Charities Trust (ACT2) administers charitable funds in Aberdeenshire and is a registered charity (SC045539). There are designated funds available to the council wards in the Banff and Buchan area that can be used for purposes set out by the trust.

View information about charitable trust funds in Banff and Buchan:


Individuals that live in any of the areas specified in the trust or who can demonstrate that they have a reasonable connection to these areas can apply for funding. The maximum grant available to individuals is £500.

In addition, companies, associations and other organisations who provide services, projects or facilities in the areas may apply for grants of up to £2,000 in Wards 1 and 2, and £1,000 in Ward 3.

Applications can only be considered if they meet the purposes detailed in the trust.

Available funds

View funds available as at 31st December 2022.

Our Banff and Buchan Area Committee accepts applications for the local council wards:

Ward 1 - Banff and District (Aberchirder, Banff, Portsoy and Whitehills)
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue     Capital      
The prevention or relief of poverty £55,688.56 £20,253.30 £35,435.26
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Ward 2 - Troup (Gardenstown, Macduff, Rosehearty and Sandhaven)
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue Capital      
The prevention or relief of poverty £43,364.49 £9,351.74 £34,012.75
Relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
The advancement of public participation in sport  £1,298.75 £1,198.75 £100.00
Ward 3 - Fraserburgh and District (Cairnbulg, Fraserburgh and Inverallochy) 
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue Capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £2,846.27 £465.96 £2,380.31
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
The advancement of education £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
The advancement of health
The advancement of citizenship or community development
The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
The advancement of public participation in sport
The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended
The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

How to apply

You can apply for funding by completing the appropriate application form, available in two formats:

Send completed applications to the Banff and Buchan Area Office.

What happens next

The Banff and Buchan Area Committee will review your Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding application. Find out about how we deal with your application.

Common Good Fund applications

Common Good Funds are generally made up of property (including land, buildings, investments and movable items) that belonged to the previous burghs of Scotland.

The responsibility for administering these funds now rests with the local authorities throughout Scotland. The council is responsible for administering 17 Common Good Funds. The following funds (estimated annual income from the fund) are available in the Banff and Buchan area:  

  • Aberchirder  - £20 (Ward 1 – Banff and District)
  • Banff - £19,400 (Ward 1 – Banff and District)
  • Fraserburgh - £330 (Ward 3 – Fraserburgh and District)
  • Macduff - £610 (Ward 2 – Troup)
  • Portsoy - £40 (Ward 1 – Banff and District)
  • Rosehearty - £20 (Ward 2 – Troup)

These figures are based on the annual income for 2016/2017.  Amounts available in each fund may vary from year to year.

These Common Good Funds, although, held by the council are legally distinct from the council’s other fund. Any money held within these funds, including the income from any assets which make up these funds, are to be used solely for the overall benefit of the people who reside in the area covered by the applicable fund.

Applications are processed in terms of the council’s Common Good Policy (PDF 60KB).

How to apply

You can apply by completing the appropriate application form.  Please make sure you read the guidance in the application pack before completing the form. The pack also includes a model application for information:

Send completed application forms to the Banff and Buchan Area Manager's Office.

What happens next

Your application will be checked and processed and you will be advised if your application is successful or not.


If you have any questions please contact the Banff and Buchan Area Office.