Local groups benefit

Projects from across Aberdeenshire have benefited in the latest round of grants from the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme.

Aberdeenshire Council Head of Economic Development, and Aberdeenshire LAG chair, Belinda Miller, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire LEADER is once again able to support community projects in the area.

“The successful Round 14 applications demonstrate the inclusive strategy which LEADER delivers. The projects will engage with a wide range of beneficiaries and aid the delivery of rural Aberdeenshire’s strategic priorities of revitalising communities and encouraging a progressive rural economy.”

Included in round 14 was a provisional LEADER award of £13,230 to Action Kintore for the employment of a volunteer co-ordinator and youth worker for “The Bothie” youth centre. The award is conditional on the successful construction of “The Bothie” facility.

Garioch Area Partnership was awarded £7,222 to deliver series of engagement events in rural primary schools. The events will be a platform for community leaders such as elected councillors, community councillors or police officers to be “grilled” by the school children on important issues.

Penny Downes, Development Worker, Garioch Area Partnership, said: “The Garioch Area Partnership is delighted to receive funding from Aberdeenshire LEADER. This funding will enable our Children’s Community Voice project to really kick into action in and around the rural primary schools in the Garioch area. “Children and young people don’t attend community or council meetings, so we are bringing the ‘decision makers’ to the children’s environment, where they are in control. We just can’t wait to get started!”

Kinmuck Community Broadband Extension Project, managed by Caleycom Ltd, will receive £4,750 to continue the highly innovative pilot programme to provide next generation broadband to the area.

Tullynessle Hall Exterior Improvements will receive £3,075 and the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society will receive £4,925 for the Aberdeen Angus 2012 Ruby Anniversary Tour which includes a ‘coffee table’ book to celebrate the breed and its position in the history, heritage and landscape of Aberdeenshire.