The Community Fund

Groups or projects can apply for small (up to £500) or large grants (over £500).  To be eligible, the group or project must benefit the community of Udny.  In most cases this will mean being based in Udny but consideration can be given to groups and projects based elsewhere as long as they can provide strong evidence of the community benefit to the area.  We can only fund groups and projects that are charitable as defined in Scots Law.  If a group is not a registered charity then it must be able to show that it operates for the public good and has purposes that meets the Charity Test as set out by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

There are no fixed deadlines for applying and the application will be acknowledged within two weeks.  You can download application forms and guidance notes from this website.

Small Grants

You can apply for a grant of up to £500 using this form if your group or project meets at least one of the criteria below:

Improvement to quality of life for local people

Involvement of a wide section of the local community

Sustainability (duration/permanence) of benefits

Additional social, economic or environmental benefits

Benefits the amenity of the area

Small grant applications are considered at the monthly board meeting, except in the month of June.  The meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month so we ask that you submit your grant application no later than the Friday before.  You can find a schedule of the board meeting dates here.

Large Grants

You can apply for a grant over £500 using this form if your group or project meets one or more of the criteria below:

Community Action     Community events involving music, dance, art and sport.  Creation of a team of volunteers to create, lead and support community activities.

Community Organisations     Village halls, sports clubs, youth organisations, community clubs, church.

Charitable Support     Adoption of a “good cause” out-with the Parish selected by the community to receive no more than 10% of the total income each year.

Environmental Action     Development of footpaths, bridleways and links to the regions extensive network of pathways.  Improvement of the energy efficiency of public and private buildings within the community with energy audits and energy saving investments.  Investigation of other renewable energy projects.

Community Health and Wellbeing     Provision of facilities within Udny to help all ages within the community.

Large grant applications are assessed in a two stage process.  The first stage is an evaluation carried out by a small group of UCTC members. They are called the Project Evaluation Group or PEG for short.  The PEG make a recommendation to the Board who make all final decisions on large grant applications at their monthly board meetings.  Applications should be submitted no later than three weeks before the board meeting to be considered.  Please note that if the grant application is incomplete or more information is required then the process may take longer.