Kincardine and Mearns area funding

Find out about grants and funding available in the Kincardine and Mearns area:

Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee funding

The area committee has a small budget which can be used to 'top up' other funding sources in cases where otherwise there would be inadequate funding to allow something to happen.

The use of the budget has to be within guidelines agreed by the council. It also needs to be in line with themes agreed by the area committee. These are listed inside the application form.

To apply for the funding, complete Kincardine and Mearns budget application form (PDF 206KB).

Kincardine Education Trust

The Kincardineshire Educational Trust is available for people who live in the former County of Kincardine. You can check the former Kincardineshire boundaries on the National Library of Scotland website.

The Trust awards grants to individuals, schools and organisations to help with the cost of school trips, further education and funding for sports clubs and facilities.

The Trust has limited resources and in the interest of fairness, all applications received are means tested.

Apply for funding for sports clubs and facilities

To apply for funding, please complete the application form available in two formats:

Please send completed application forms to the Kincardine and Mearns Area Office.

Apply for funding for educational travel

To apply for funding, please complete the application form available in two formats:

Please send completed application forms to the Kincardine and Mearns Area Office.

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 Kincardine and Mearns area that can be used for purposes set out by the trust.

View information about charitable trust funds in Kincardine and Mearns:


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 £1,000. 

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

Available funds

Our Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee accepts applications for the local council wards:

Ward 19 - Mearns (Fettercairn Gourdon, Inverbervie, Johnshaven, Laurencekirk and St Cyrus)
Fund purposes Total Fund              Available for grant funding Retained as capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £84,623.18 £84,623.18 £2,567.19
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

How to apply

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

Send completed applications to the Kincardine and Mearns area office.

What happens next

The Kincardine and Mearns 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 Kincardine and Mearns area: 

  • Inverbervie - £290 (Ward 19 - Mearns)
  • Laurencekirk - £190 (Ward 19 - Mearns)
  • Stonehaven - £530 (Ward 18 – Stonehaven and Lower Deeside)

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 Kincardine and Mearns Area 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 Kincardine and Mearns Area Office.