Who are we
The Formartine Rural Partnership is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SCO49617 providing support to communities and groups across the Formartine area.
We are one of six rural partnerships in Aberdeenshire and are part of the Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships Federation. We have a Board made up of trustees and representatives from the Community Councils in our area. Find out more about our Board of Trustees.
We work with local groups on environmental issues such as the removal of invasive species. We have a Service Level Agreement with Aberdeenshire Council to support community groups with governance, funding and developmental issues, and to support communities in developing their community action plans (DTAS website).
We manage the Formartine in Bloom and Formartine Beginning to Blossom annual gardening competitions and administer the following funding schemes:
• Town & Village Enhancement Grants (TVEG)
• Formartine Rural Partnership Small Grants
• Formartine in Blossom Grants
We work with communities from Blackdog to Turriff and inland to Hillbrae.
Our area includes the Community Councils for: Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford, Belhelvie, Collieston and Slains, Ellon, Foveran, Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter, Meldrum, Bourtie and Daviot, Methlick, Tarves, Turriff and District, Udny and Ythan
How we are funded
We are funded through the Formartine Partnership Limited and Aberdeenshire Council.
The Formartine Partnership Limited (registered company SC 301273) gifts funds to the Formartine Rural Partnership (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SC049617). These funds are distributed to the communities through our small grants scheme.
Funding also comes from Aberdeenshire Council’s Economic Development Service and the Formartine Area Manager. We manage funding schemes and provide advice through a Service Level Agreement (SLA). The Council funds our Town and Village enhancement scheme (TVEG) and the Formartine Beginning to Blossom competition grants.
Find out more about our funding schemes, how our schemes are run, who is can apply, the funds available and how to apply.
We aim to advance citizenship and community development, and environmental protection and improvement in the Formartine area.
We do this by (activities listed in our constitution):
• supporting projects and activities that improve or maintain the local physical environment, for example the removal of invasive species
• consulting with communities to identify where we can provide public benefit, through funding or professional or technical assistance, for the social, economic, betterment of individuals, groups, and communities within Formartine, for example working on community action plans
• the provision of recreational facilities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended, for example the construction and improvement of local footpaths
• a grant scheme for the charitable distribution of funds for public benefit within Formartine
• contributing to and assisting where our area-wide capability and involvement can assist activities in ways that individual communities may find difficult, or the activities are too local, or small scale, to meet, or to be worth the complications of, seeking funding from wider reaching funding bodies