Grants announced for community organisations 


THE Belmont Cinema, major restorations to His Majesty’s Theatre, a taekwondo group, and a community radio station are among a raft of local organisations which are to benefit from grants approved today. 

Aberdeen City Council’s Finance and Resources Committee agreed the monies for projects around the city including The Belmont Community Cinema Project, Aberdeen Performing Arts, Granite City Taekwondo, and SHMU. 

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Committee Convener Councillor Alex McLellan said: “I am pleased that funding has been awarded to a number of partners and third sector organisations. 

 “These grant applications will make a positive impact on our city, and I look forward to seeing each project progress.” 

Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “These grants will make a positive difference for organisations and people across Aberdeen. I look forward to seeing the progress on all of these projects in the coming months.” 

A report to committee said the grants awarded included: 

·         £91,078.58 to Aberdeen Performing Arts for the repointing and exterior restorations at His Majesty’s Theatre project; 

·         £85,000 for Phase 2 of the Denis Law Trail, subject to final business case;  

·         £75,000 to Belmont Community Cinema for the Belmont Community Cinema project; 

·         £14,391.60 to Cairncry Community Centre for the Community Café Refurbishment project; 

·         £100,000 to Granite City Taekwondo for the Tillydrone Community Centre Upgrades project, on the condition it receives permissions from ACC by 1 July 2024;  

·         £99,945 to SHMU for the Redevelopment of Station House project on the condition of confirmation of match funding; 

·         £161,970 to ABZWorks for the Startup Accelerator Programme Project in partnership with Robert Gordon’s University;  

·         £133,887 to ABZWorks for the Sparking Change: Aberdeen Project in partnership with Aberdeen University. 

The report to committee said allocation of grant funding is from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). The UKSPF money was allocated to the City Council by the UK Government in 2022 for an initial three years and includes a “multiply” element of funding is ringfenced for activity to enhance adult numeracy skills provision. The core UKSPF element can be used across three priority areas – community and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. 

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