Marr area funding

Find out about grants and funding available for the Marr area:

Marr Area Committee - Large Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Marr Area Committee’s Large Grant Scheme for projects which address community needs in the Marr area.

The deadline for applications passed 2nd May 2024

Marr Area Committee - Small Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £2,000 are available from the Marr Area Committee’s Small Grants Scheme for projects to improve Marr communities.

Apply for the Small Grants Scheme

Applications to this fund are considered on an ongoing basis.

Marr Local Place Plan and Community Action Plan Grants

Grants of up to £500 are available to support community groups in the Marr area to develop Local Place Plans (LPP) or Community Action Plans (CAP).

Apply for an LPP and CAP grant

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

View information about charitable trust funds in Marr:


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 (Ward 15 and 16) or £2,000 (Ward 14).

Applications can only be considered if they meet the purposes detailed in the trust.

Available funds

Our Marr Area Committee accepts applications for Ward 14 Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford (Alford, Huntly and Rhynie).

There are no Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funds available for Ward 15 Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside (Braemar, Ballater, Aboyne, Tarland and Torphins) or Ward 16 Banchory and Mid Deeside.

Fund purposes Total Fund             Revenue      Capital       
The prevention or relief of poverty £42,084.03 £17,664.25 £24,419.78
The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
The advancement of education £44,541.50 £26,878.48 £17,663.02
The advancement of health
The advancement of citizenship or community development
The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
The advancement of public participation in sport
The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended                       
The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

How to apply

You can apply for funding by completing the appropriate application form, available in two formats:

Send completed applications to the Marr Area Office.

What happens next

The Marr 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 funds (estimated annual income from the fund) are available in the Marr area:  

  • Ballater  - £0 (Ward 15 – Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside)
  • Banchory - £180 (Ward 16 - Banchory and Mid Deeside)
  • Huntly - £1,100 (Ward 14 – Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford)

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 Marr 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 Marr Area Office.