Buchan area funding

View grants and funding available in the Buchan area:

Greening Peterhead micro-grants

Peterhead has seen increasing interest from local community groups in supporting greening and growing in different neighbourhoods across the town. Existing or emerging community groups in Peterhead are encouraged to apply for a micro-grant of up to £200 to help them deliver their ideas in their neighbourhoods.

These micro-grants are available in Peterhead only. Areas other than Peterhead will continue to be included in the Brighter Buchan Villages Initiative.

How to apply

Please view the Greening Peterhead micro-grants guidance notes (pdf 92KB), and complete the application form available in two formats:

Please submit completed forms to the email address or postal address found in the guidance notes.

Applications will be decided on a first come first served basis.

We are keen to support new groups to develop. Contact the area manager's team if you want to discuss your project or application:

Buchan area manager's team
Email: buchan@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01467 537259

Coastal Communities Fund grants for Buchan 

Coastal communities and community or third sector led projects, within 1 mile of the Buchan coastline, can apply for the Coastal Communities Fund – Buchan.

This will provide funding of between £500 and £10,000 for projects with a tangible link to the coast or the sea.

You can download the Coastal Communities Fund application form (pdf 550KB) and Coastal Communities guidance (pdf 25KB) or contact the Buchan Area Office for further information.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Buchan Development Partnership prior to submitting their application form.

The deadline for applications is 30th October 2020.

Please send completed applications by email to applications@bdp.scot.

Please note that successful applicants will be notified by 4th December 2020 and will be required to provide a short report on the project by no later than 30th June 2021.

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

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 Available for grant funding Retained as capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £2,129.38 £2,129.38 £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 Available for grant funding Retained as capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £638.32 £174.12 £464.20
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.