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Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) is an innovative approach to delivering sports and cultural activities on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. The organisation provides a wide range of services to communities across the region, promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing. Whether you live, work, or visit Aberdeenshire, LLA offers access to fun and educational activities, from mountain to sea.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cameron. He’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Just send him an email whenever you have a chance.

[email protected]

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Deadline:  Friday 1 March 2024

Are you committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community?

Then don’t miss out on this opportunity!

We are looking for groups that share our community engagement and inclusivity values. We are incredibly excited to hear from those committed to increasing access for people from all backgrounds and needs.

There are two funds available to apply for:

Large Grant

Who can apply:

Organisations, Clubs, Groups, Associations & Societies


Up to £1,000 

To apply, the applicant must be from or partnering with a constituted group. The grant must be paid into a bank account registered in the group’s name (not an individual’s account).

It is recommended, that as part of your funding, you aim to deliver a minimum of three activities that are open to the public.

A maximum of 35% of the total cost can be allocated for fixtures, fittings and repairs.

Small Grant

Who can apply:

Individuals, Practitioners, Volunteers, Self Employed Artists


Up to £500

Are you looking to develop an idea or conduct a pilot project? If so, this is the fund for you.

It is recommended, that as part of your funding, you aim to deliver a minimum of two activities that are open to the public.

Please note that activities and projects must benefit one or more of our five targeted communities; activities outside of these areas will not be deemed eligible
Cuminestown, Fettercairn, New Deer, Rothienorman, and Strathdon.

A Skills Sharing Programme

5 sessions over 5 weeks

FREE to attend – but sign up is essential

(average course value: £450)

Places are limited, so be sure to book early to guarantee your place.

Delivered by NEAT as part of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Positive Action Grant.

 Get ready to unlock your potential and level up your community engagement, project management, and governance skills like never before! Our exclusive programme of 1-hour sessions over five weeks is designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn from specialised professionals and also through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. And the best part? It’s all in a relaxed and interactive online format!

We’re thrilled to offer the first round of opportunities to volunteers and practitioners living in or associated with Cuminestown, Fettercairn, New Deer, Rothienorman or Strathdon. But if there are still places available, we’ll be extending the invitation to NEAT members and to all volunteers and practitioners across Aberdeenshire.

This isn’t just another typical training experience. It’s a platform for you to network and share your experiences with like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic about running community activities. And let’s face it, with the pandemic and cost of living crisis affecting our communities, volunteers are more important than ever in making our communities better places to live, work, and play.

 So, what are you waiting for? Join us and let’s take your skills to the next level in an exciting and engaging way!

We will provide more details soon, but the program will include the following sessions:

From Idea to Reality

Tuesday 12 March 2024 18:30 – 19:30

Have you an idea but you don’t know where to start in making it happen? Learn from an experienced Project Manager on how to get your idea off the ground and build a thriving project of activity, whether as large as a festival, or as small (but just as important) as a Conversation Café.

The Power of Knowledge Sharing: A Session for Learning and Growth

Tuesday 19 March 2024 18:30 – 19:30

Are you curious if others have faced the same challenges as you? Do you want to discover how they overcame certain problems or issues? Are you ready to share your good advice or experiences with others? Join your amazing volunteer peers for an informal blether and be inspired by what they have achieved.

How to Apply For Funding – A Step-by-Step Guide

Tuesday 26 March 18:30 – 19:30

Discovering the key components of a successful funding application, effectively communicating your story, and understanding the dos and don’ts of funding can all lead to building a more sustainable future. Let’s work towards a better tomorrow together.

Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Project

Tuesday 2 April 2024 18:30 – 19:30

Learn all the top tips on how to reach your audience through marketing techniques. Delivered by a professional, this session will make life a lot easier when it comes to spreading the word about your activity and how to engage people.

The Key to Success: Unlocking the Power of Knowledge Sharing

Tuesday 9 April 2024 18:30 – 19:30

Connect and engage with likeminded people in these friendly sessions.  Everyone will have a chance to share their experience, and address their current challenges, ideas and opportunities. We will break out into small breakout groups allowing people to connect with those who are doing similar activities in different parts of Aberdeenshire, enabling peer to peer sharing as well as building your network of helpful contacts in the region.


If you require any additional support to access these sessions via Zoom, please contact Cameron.

Groups and individuals awarded support from the Culture & Heritage Community Fund are required to attend at least three sessions. Attendance can be rotated among group representatives.

CLICK HERE to book your place



On Saturday 9 December 2023, the Cuminestown Arts Group and community members gathered for an amazing Clay Workshop that got everyone into the festive spirit! Led by the incredibly talented Claire Totton, the workshop was a smashing success, as participants created stunning Christmas and festive ornaments that filled everyone with the joy and spirit of the season.

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