The Community Initiative Grant is The Garioch Partnership’s small grants scheme, originally introduced in 2012/13, and supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch Area Committee.
For 2020/2021, the Garioch Area Committee allocated £5,000.
Applications are reviewed by a Grant Panel, made up of local volunteers, who assess the applications and make recommendations to the Board of The Garioch Partnership.
The scheme is open to any constituted not-for-profit community group or community run organisation in the Garioch area.
While the schemes are primarily aimed at community groups with a turnover of less than £25k per annum, in exceptional circumstances an award may be made to groups with a turnover greater than £25k, if The Garioch Partnership Board feels the award will benefit the Garioch community.
Please note that if you are in receipt of, or have applied for, a grant from the Garioch Area Committee’s Top-up Budget / Area Initiatives Fund in the current financial year, you are not eligible for this grant scheme in the same year.
Only apply for what you need. The maximum award will normally be £750. You will normally be expected to have matched funding in place or be able to demonstrate how the whole project will be funded, unless the grant is for start-up costs for a new group or activity.
You will receive an acknowledgement on receipt, your referee will
then be contacted and the application considered as quickly as possible
by the Grant Panel. Ordinarily you will know the outcome within 30 days.
If your bid is successful, you will be invited to attend the next
Garioch Partnership Forum to receive your award (please note this will
not apply during the Covid-19 period). All grant payments are made by
cheque from The Garioch Partnership.