09 July 2024

Aberdeenshire partnership launches 2024-25 Rural Communities Challenge Fund

The Aberdeenshire Local Action Group’s Rural Communities Challenge Fund 2024-25 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 benefiting rural communities in the region.   

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

Funding will be targeted towards capital expenditure which can be delivered before February 28, 2025, and supports one or more of the following priorities:

•    Low Carbon Community Buildings
•    Active and Connected Communities

Grants of between £10,000 and £49,999 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 Challenge Fund projects and programme, 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.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Alan Turner, added: “Once again we are delighted to welcome applications to the Rural Communities Challenge Fund which provides a tremendous opportunity for local groups, charities and initiatives to take forward projects in our communities. I would again encourage any organisations looking to secure grants to find out more on our website and to discuss their plans with our Economic Development service.”

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, August 11 and the application form and guidance can be found at 

Further information and support is available by contacting