Financial assistance available to businesses and social enterprises in Aberdeenshire for business development projects.
Grants can provide up to 50% of eligible costs or up to a maximum amount of £15,000 whichever is the lower.
Aberdeenshire Council provides the Development Grants through its Support for Aberdeenshire Business (SAB) programme.
The aim of the Grant is to strengthen Aberdeenshire's economy by encouraging the expansion of local businesses and to secure and expand its employment base.
Applicants should contact the funding provider direct to discuss any exclusions that may apply to the scheme.
Any business or organisation located in, or relocating to, the Aberdeenshire Council area is eligible to approach the Council for information, advice, and assistance under the Support for Aberdeenshire Business scheme. The services are open to enterprises of any size in any sector.
Businesses must demonstrate that they are meeting certain criteria before a project will be considered for SAB funding.
- The proposal will have to bring additional economic benefit to Aberdeenshire.
- The proposal must demonstrate viability.
- The proposal must have the potential to increase employment in the Aberdeenshire area.
- The proposal must prove there is a need for top-up finance over and above what is available on the open market or within the business.
- The proposal must not have a detrimental effect on existing Aberdeenshire businesses.
This grant may provide up to 50% of eligible project costs.
Eligible projects can include:
- Non statutory training.
- Research and development, including product development.
- Market development.
- Implementation of a recognised quality system.
- Exhibition grant for first time exhibiting at a particular exhibition/trade show outwith North East Scotland, for costs of renting, setting up and running a stand.
Maximum grant award of £10,000 applies to the following development grants:
- Feasibility studies for business co-operatives, community trusts and social enterprises.
- Establishment of business co-operatives, community trusts and social enterprises.