A scheme to help the development and diversification of rural retail outlets in Aberdeenshire, which provide small communities with general store and/or Post Office facilities.
Grant assistance up to £7,500 covering up to 50% of project costs is available.
The scheme also offers:
- Business counselling.
- Specialist consultancy.
- Training advice.
The Rural Shop Support Scheme is provided by Aberdeenshire Council.
The aim of the scheme is to help the development and diversification of rural retail outlets, which provide small communities with general store and/or Post Office facilities.
Applicants should contact the provider direct to discuss any exclusions that may apply.
The scheme is intended to support shopkeepers who make a positive effort to maintain the viability for their business where the shop has sound underlying commercial prospects in Aberdeenshire.
Assistance is focused in most cases, on those shops stocking 'everyday' products where the shop provides, or will provide, the sole permanent source of these products in a rural community. The facility does exist to assist with the provision of other products and services (such as a Post Office) where this is considered either socially necessary or which helps the overall viability of the shop.
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 within the business.
- The proposal must not have a detrimental effect on existing Aberdeenshire businesses.
Aberdeenshire Council will provide up to 50% of the total project costs.
Assistance may be available for the following:
- Improvements and extensions to the shop layout and fixtures.
- Schemes to improve the image of the shop either internally or externally, eg shop fronts, signs, lighting and car parking.
- Promotion of ancillary operations which would help the overall viability of the shop.