Facilitating engagement and involvement between Formartine communities and statutory agencies.

Supporting community-led projects including those with economic development outcomes

Working across the Formartine Area

Balmedie is a rapidly growing village in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. It lies north of the city of Aberdeen, in the civil parish of Belhelvie. The long and wide beach of clean golden sand is bordered by an extensive dune system that stretches 14 miles (23 km) from Aberdeen to just north of the Ythan Estuary at Newburgh. They support a large array of wildlife. Two watercourses make their way to the sea within the area creating ribbons of wetland vegetation along their course. The area lies within the Sands of Forvie, Site of Special Scientific Interest, the fifth largest sand dune system in Britain.

Collieston is a harbour village, with its safe and picturesque beach, is situated some 20 miles to the north of Aberdeen in the parish of Slains. It was once a thriving fishing village with a lively history of smuggling and contraband. The internationally important Forvie National Nature Reserve (owned and managed by SNH) borders it to the south.

Ellon is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, approximately 16 miles north of Aberdeen, lying on the River Ythan which has one of the few undeveloped river estuaries on the Eastern coast of Scotland. It is in the ancient region of Formartine. Its name is believed to derive from the Gaelic term Eilean, signifying an island, on account of the presence of an island in the River Ythan, which historically offered a convenient fording point. Places of interest within the town include the ruins of Ellon Castle, surrounded by walls known as the Deer Dyke, and the Auld Brig, a category A listed bridge across the Ythan, built in 1793 and still in use as a pedestrian bridge.

Fyvie is a small village in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lies alongside the River Ythan and is on the A947 road. Fyvie is host to Fyvie Castle reputed to be home to some of the ancient Scottish kings. The village's school, with around 200 pupils, serves the surrounding rural area. There is a well known folk song The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie. The local church displays some beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass Windows.

Newburgh is a coastal village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The village dates to 1261 AD, when Lord Sinclair wanted to establish a chapel in the area. Originally built as a school, somewhat later the chapel of Holy Rood was established. Newburgh is on the Ythan Estuary and near the Sands of Forvie. Near the estuary mouth, the presence of tern colonies is notable, since there are several distinct species that utilize the north banks of the Ythan Estuary, and comprise a meaningful percentage of the breeding pairs of terns in the United Kingdom. In the summer terns can be observed feeding in their characteristic diving patterns approximately 600 to 900 meters inland from the estuary. The Forvie Nature Reserve is very near and to the north, where there is said to be the largest eider duck colony in the world. Beside the beach is an eighteen hole golf course with its bird shaped clubhouse.

Oldmeldrum is a village and parish in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, not far from Inverurie in North East Scotland. With a growing population of over 2000, Oldmeldrum falls within Scotland's top 300 centres of population. The A947 road from Aberdeen to Banff runs through the centre of the village. Local industries are agriculture and engineering services connected to the oil industry in Aberdeen. From Oldmeldrum, there are good views of the nearby Bennachie hills. There is also a skatepark that was built in June 2009. Glen Garioch distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland. It was built in 1797, and has a visitors centre.

Turriff is a town and civil parish in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. Turriff is known locally as Turra in the Doric dialect of Scots. The name appears to be Scottish Gaelic in origin, from "torr" meaning a mound or round hill, or "tur" meaning a tower. Turriff was notable as the scene of the very first engagements of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1639–51). Early in 1639, the Marquis of Huntly assembled his forces here, and thereafter went to Kintore in lower Aberdeenshire, eventually marching from there to Aberdeen itself. The Marquis — being informed shortly after his arrival in Aberdeen that a meeting of Covenanters was to be held in Turriff on the fourteenth of February — resolved to disperse them, by occupying the town with 2000 men. The incident was known as the "Raid of Turriff" and was followed a few days later by a minor engagement known as the "Trot of Turriff". More recently, the 1913 “Turra Coo” incident in the parish was the result of a local refusal to pay National Insurance when this was introduced by Lloyd George's government.

We Provide Grants Advice

Grants Assistance Including

This scheme aims to improve the overall appearance and amenity of towns and villages in the Formartine area. Grants of up to £500 are available to local groups for projects that have the backing of the areas community council. No match funding is required, other than any in-kind contribution, but applicants are required to demonstrate that any maintenance or upkeep issues have been addressed so that the project is sustainable.

These are for groups of young people who live in rural areas and want to travel to use town facilities. The grant can fund u to 50% of travel costs up to a maximum of £150 per year. Many youth groups have benefited from this grant scheme and have used it for trips to the theatre, ten pin bowling, camping and other events.