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As a Trust Port, our purpose is to create prosperity for generations and the local community is one of our key stakeholders.

Central to this commitment is our supPORT-all community action proramme. We partner with local charities and community group to provide project funding, as well as support with time, resources, or equipment, to help those most in need.  

About supPORT-all

Since 2014, Port of Aberdeen’s supPORT-all programme has awarded £800,000, benefitting more than 210 local initiatives and supporting over 200,000 children and adults across Aberdeen.

supPORT-all is open to all charities and community groups with projects local to the port.

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“The funding from our neighbours at Port of Aberdeen will support two new groups providing meals for OAPs and children in the local community.”

Carole Paterson
Chairperson, Balnagask Community Centre

2024 supPORT-all Programme

Who can apply

Community groups and charities applying to supPORT-all must be based in areas local to the port, or be based in Aberdeen and undertake significant, proven project work in areas local to the port including:

  • Altens
  • Balnagask
  • City Centre
  • Cove
  • Footdee
  • Garthdee 
  • Kincorth
  • Torry
  • Tullos 

Available funding

For 2024, Port of Aberdeen will donate £25,000 through its supPORT-all programme to a minimum of 14 successful applicants. 

Funding will be allocated to charities and community groups in monetary awards ranging from £500 to £7,500.

The supPORT-all programme currently does not accept funding applications for more than £7,500.

This will be bolstered by commitments from Port of Aberdeen to provide time, resources or equipment when appropriate.

What we can't fund

Applications made to supPORT-all should be for a specific project or initiative, with clear aims and measurable impacts.

supPORT-all funding will not be provided for:

  • Salaries or employee training costs
  • Rent or utility costs, including gas, electricity etc.
  • Sponsored events to raise funds for charity
  • Commercial ventures, including business start-ups
  • Individuals
  • General appeals or mailshots

Please note that meeting the funding criteria does not guarantee that funding will be provided.

How applications are assessed

The supPORT-all programme is competitive and each application is considered on its own individual merit. Applications that make the most convincing case for funding are most likely to be awarded funding.

All applications are reviewed, scored and shortlisted by Port of Aberdeen's Engagement Committee which comprises employees from each department across the port from varying levels of seniority.

Successful applicants will be informed week commencing 18 March 2024.

How to apply

The 2024 supPORT-all program is no longer accepting applications. 

Port of Aberdeen also offers a separate fund designated for smaller community projects. To enquire about this funding, please get in touch with details of your funding request.

General conditions of funding

  • The funding can only be used for the purposes outlined in the application.
  • If your application is successful, you will be sent a media pack. Charities and community groups are asked to follow the media pack to help communicate their funding announcement from supPORT-all.
  • Upon successful award of funding, you will be required to provide your banking details to Port of Aberdeen for efficient allocation of funds.
  • After the funding has been awarded Port of Aberdeen may ask your charity group or organisation to:
    • Provide updates on how your charity or community group's initiative is progressing.
    • Provide images and video of your charity or community group's initiative in action.
  • The funding awarded must be spent within 12 months from the date it was approved. If details of your initiative change you must let Port of Aberdeen know as soon as possible.

“I am so excited about the opportunities that Port of Aberdeen's funding opens for us. It will have a massive reach throughout the Foyer enabling so many groups to make huge differences across Aberdeen City whilst developing their own skills, confidence, and community involvement and connections.”

Nick Donelan
Development Coach, Aberdeen Foyer

supPORT-all in action: Big Noise Torry

Since its launch in 2015, Big Noise Torry has worked with over 750 children and young people from the Torry community, using an orchestral setting to teach life skills and experiences.

Funding from Port of Aberdeen will allowed Big Noise Torry to expand the programme to a full symphony orchestra model through the introduction of wind and brass instruments to pupils. The new trumpets, flutes and clarinets will ensure as many young people as possible are benefitting from Big Noise Torry.

Port of Aberdeen also support the management and coordination of school concerts by providing volunteers from its communications department. 

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