University distributes £7,000 to local community groups

The University of Aberdeen 2021/22 Local Community Fund was developed to help fund community projects, to support local recovery from the pandemic and increase our engagement and connections with local communities as part of our long-term strategy, Aberdeen 2040.

Supporting the delivery of the priorities highlighted in Community Planning Aberdeen’s Aberdeen City Central Locality Plan, the 2021/22 Fund welcomed applications for funding of between £100 and £1,000 from local community groups and not-for-profit organisations for projects to benefit residents in one or more of the following neighbourhoods – Tillydrone; Old Aberdeen; Seaton; Woodside; Stockethill; Ashgrove; George Street; Froghall, Powis & Sunnybank. 

Community skills classes, out of school activity sessions for young people and educational play equipment for parent and toddler groups are just some of the projects set to benefit from the 2021/22 funds which are to be distributed to the following recipients:

  • Fersands and Fountain Community Project - Parent and Toddler Group 
  • Printfield Community Project - Little Learners 
  • STAR (Seaton Taking Action for Regeneration) Community Flat - Cookery Class Resources 
  • Tillydrone Community Flat - Community Event 
  • Aberdeen City First responders  
  • Aberdeen Foyer - Foyer Futures Youth Club 
  • Aberdeen North foodbank, King’s Community Foundation 
  • Alcohol and Drugs Action 
  • Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers  
  • Children 1st - Aberdeen Outdoor Oasis 
  • Children 1st - Family Wellbeing Activities 
  • Cornhill Community Association  
  • Friends of Jacob’s Ladder and Riverside Walkway 
  • Friends of Westburn and Victoria Park 
  • Royal Northern Countryside Initiative - Farm to Fork 
  • Russell Anderson Foundation 
  • St Stephens Parish Church Get Connected  
  • Sunnybank Community Centre 
  • The Living Well Project  

“We are delighted to be distributing these funds to such a fantastic range of local projects and initiatives.  Being an institution that is ‘open to all’ means many things but one key aspect is being an active part of the communities on our doorstep by building partnerships with individuals, communities and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. As a Civic University, we are fully committed to making a difference in terms of positive social change and look forward to working more closely with these, and other groups in the community going forward.” 

Professor Pete Edwards, Vice-Principal Regional Engagement & Regional Recovery 

The 2021/22 Fund was launched in August 2021 and is now closed to applications.

For more information about the Community fund, please email communityfund@abdn.ac.uk