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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Aberdeenshire Rural Communities Challenge Fund


The Aberdeenshire Local Action Group’s Rural Communities Challenge Fund 2024-25 has been launched and is now live and open for applications. The programme delivers funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural Community Led Local Development programme.

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

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

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

  1. Low Carbon Community Buildings
  2. Active and Connected Communities

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Geographical areas funded: Aberdeenshire

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Who can apply

  • Public sector organisations
  • Co-operatives
  • Charities registered in Scotland
  • Constituted community groups or not-for-profit groups

When to apply

Applications close on 11 August 2024.

Next deadline: 11 Aug 2024

How to apply

Access the appliation form an guidance on the Fund website. Applicants are encouraged to contact the team for more information and support.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Community development & regeneration Community facilities Environment Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities

Beneficiaries funded: Children Rural communities Older people Local communities Young people

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