Buchan area funding

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

Brighter Buchan: greening and growing micro-grants

Existing or emerging community groups in Buchan are encouraged to apply for a micro-grant of up to £200 to help them deliver their greening and growing ideas in their communities.

Greening and growing projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Planting around your neighbourhood or your local village to make a difference for the people who stay there
  • Planting wildflowers in green areas around your neighbourhood
  • Family gardening event to bring your community together outdoors and learn new skills

There two streams available within the Brighter Buchan grant:

  • Buchan-wide
  • Peterhead

Only one Brighter Buchan grant can be applied for per project. You can apply for either a Buchan-wide or Peterhead grant but not both. 

Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.


Applications for the Buchan-wide micro-grants are administered by Buchan Development Partnership, Grieves House, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw.

To apply email info@bdp.scot for guidance notes and to get a short application form.


Please view the Brighter Buchan Peterhead guidance (PDF 96KB) before applying.

To apply please complete the form (available in two formats) and email it to the Buchan Area Office:

View the Brighter Buchan Peterhead privacy notice (PDF 132KB) to find out what we do with your information.

Reporting about your project

It is a condition of both Brighter Buchan grants that you provide a short report on what you do with your award. This could be written, including photographs, or in the form of a short video.

The deadline for reports is 29th February 2024.

Buchan Area Committee Grant Scheme 2022

The closing date for the first round of applications has now past. A second round of applications is expected this financial year. Please contact the Buchan Development Partnership for more information. 

A total of £61,500 has been made available to benefit a wide range of community projects throughout Buchan. Constituted groups with a bank account can apply for 80% of the total cost of a project with a maximum award of £5,000, or £10,000 if the work has been deemed a priority in your Community Action Plan.

To discuss your project or to find out more get in touch with Buchan Development Partnership on 01771 622071 or applications@bdp.scot.

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 Buchan area that can be used for purposes set out by the trust.

View information about charitable trust funds in 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 £1000. 

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 Buchan Area Committee accepts applications for some of the local council wards:

There are no designated Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funds for Ward 6 - Peterhead South and Cruden.

Ward 4 - Central Buchan (Fetterangus, Longside, Maud, Mintlaw, New Deer, New Pitsligo, Strichen and Stuartfield)
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue Capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £2,195.21 £2,195.21 £0.00
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Ward 5 - Peterhead North and Rattray (Crimond, St Combs, St Fergus and Peterhead)
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue Capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £665.56 £665.56 £0.00
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 Buchan Area Office.

What happens next

The 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 fund (estimated annual income from the fund) is available in the Buchan area:  

  • Peterhead  - £2,370 (Ward 5 - Peterhead North and Rattray and Ward 6 - Peterhead South and Cruden)

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:

Please send completed application forms to the Buchan 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 Buchan Area Office.