Garioch area funding

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

Funding from Garioch Area Committee Budget and /or local common Good Funds can only be accessed once in any 3-year period.

Area Initiatives Fund

This fund has now closed, thank you to all that applied. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of November 2023.

For any queries contact the Garioch Area Office at

Small Grants Fund

Grants of up to £500 are available from the Garioch Area Small Grants Fund for projects which aim to help improve the local community in the Garioch Area.

How to apply

Please read the guidance and criteria notes (PDF 230KB) before completing the Garioch Small Grants Fund application form (PDF 1MB).

Applications are invited from constituted groups with the aim to deliver projects within the Garioch area in line with the following themes:

  • improving the appearance and maintenance of towns and villages
  • healthier communities
  • stronger and empowered communities
  • connected communities

Applications to this fund will be considered on receipt of application.

Please note that if you are in receipt of or have applied for the Area Initiatives Fund in the current financial year, you are not eligible for this grant scheme in the same year.

For further information email the Garioch Area Office at

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

View information about charitable trust funds in Garioch:


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

View funds available as at 31st December 2022.

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

There are no designated Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funds for Ward 10 - West Garioch (Insch and Kemnay) and Ward 13 - Westhill and District.

Ward 11 - Inverurie and District
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue       Capital      
The prevention or relief of poverty £90,764.18 £21,493.84 £69,270.34
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Ward 12 - East Garioch (Blackburn, Kintore and Newmachar)
Fund purposes Total Fund Revenue Capital
The prevention or relief of poverty £5,801.18 £1,627.26 £4,173.92
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 Garioch Area Office.

What happens next

The Garioch Area Committee will review your Aberdeenshire Charities Trust 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 Garioch area:  

  • Inverurie  - £580
  • Kintore - £230 

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 Garioch 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 Garioch Area Office.