The Co-op Local Community Fund is our way of giving back to our members and their communities.

Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them.

You can now apply to be one of these causes for the next round of funding, running from April to September 2017.

We’re looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. We’ll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

  • benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes
  • have the greatest possible benefit to their community
  • make maximum use of the amount of funding available


Aberdeen City PB

December 15, 2016

U Decide is a new development linked to Locality Planning, to generate ideas and allocate funding in Aberdeen.  This approach is called Participatory Budgeting (PB) which directly involves local people in making decisions about how public money is spent in their community.PB was first introduced in Brazil in 1989 and its tools and principles are now used in many places across the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.PB aims to engage residents, community groups and representatives from all parts of the community to discuss priorities, make spending proposals that will benefit the community or solve a particular issue, and then to vote on them.

Source: Aberdeen City PB

AB+ News | AGM

May 11, 2016

Our AGM is set for Monday 16th May at ACT Aberdeen, King Street – starting at 6.30pm(refreshments available from 6pm) – and we are looking for new committee members!  Come to the meeting, see what we are about, and get on board.  If you are interested in standing for the committee please drop an email  to Stewart Aiken at
The AGM will be followed by a Who, What, When, Where & Why? Networking Event (7pm start)with a guest presentation from Marc Cole – City Centre Director, Aberdeen City Council.  Part of Marc’s role is to manage the delivery of the city centre development work – come along to hear what he has to say and get networking…
We are looking for people to present at the Who, What, When, Where and Why? events, presentations can take any format and must be no more than 5 minutes long -Come and tell us…..WHO you are…..WHAT you do…..WHEN & WHERE you are doing it…..and WHY you are presenting….are you looking for help, support, partners or all of the above…


Dates for your Diary
Monday 30th May – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema from 6pm
Tuesday 31st MayGreen Tease Event (click for more info)
Mayfest programme and bookings – (click for link)

Join us for a celebration of culture in Aberdeen. Featuring:     Write a letter to Aberdeen, its people and its culture. What do you love about Aberdeen? Share your Aberdeen Story.   20 guests from across Aberdeen building a picture of a vibrant city. Discover a snapshot of Aberdeen’s arts and culture. Each speaker will have 3 minutes and 3 slides to present what ‘culture’ means to them.     Ever wanted to try out something different in the city, gaining a new appreciation for local culture? Grab a card and let it be your guide to new experiences.   Local Food provided by Parx Café Drinks provided by Six Degrees North and a Music Workshop provided by the Red Note Ensemble Event Programme   6:00pm | Doors Open // Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise // Drinks supplied by Six Degrees North 6:15pm | Music Workshop with the Red Note Ensemble 7:00pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 1) 7:30pm | Break // Canapés supplied by Parx Café 7:45pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 2) 8:15pm | Music provided by the Red Note Ensemble 8:25pm | Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise 8:55pm | Doors Close // Words of Thanks   Speakers:   Ada Chrys-Chikere (Nigerian Women Association) Charley Buchan (Fitlike Records) Suk-Jun Kim (SonADA) Lesley Anne Rose (Aberdeen Performing Arts) Shane Strachan (local writer) Christine Rew (Manager of Museum and Galleries) Jen Clarke (Doctoral Candidate in Social Anthropology at Aberdeen University) Jon Reid (blogger for Mood of Collapse) Katie Buchan (Best Girl Athlete) Ken Skeldon (Head of Public Engagement with Research) Richard Tinto (Tinto Architecture; Culture Aberdeen’s Citizens Circle) Simon Gall (Musician) Peter Reid (Professor of Information Management) Stewart Aitken (Aberdeen Youth International Festival) Hayley Durward (Citymoves Dance) Chris O’Neil (Head of Gray’s School of Art) Helen Lynch (writer and musician) Hilal Bugali (PhD student)

Source: Taste of Culture in Aberdeen | Culture Aberdeen Tickets, Aberdeen | Eventbrite

Update on ABpositive AGM and Networking Night

Wednesday 20th May

at The Suttie Arts Space – (within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary),  Forresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN.

Enter through the main hospital  entrance and as you pass the Aroma Café you’ll see signs pointing along the glazed corridor to the Pink Zone.

The Arts Space is on the right before you get to the Zone.

AGM from 6.30pm – 7.00pm

ABpositive’s AGM is the opportunity for members to hear about what has been happening over the past year and the plans going forward. We have one nomination so far for the board and we need at least two more so we have as wide a representation of the cultural community as possible. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for the board (3 spaces available) please email the chair of ABpositive Stewart Aitken

Who, What, When, Where & Why Netwoking night

Registration is straight after the AGM at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start finishing about 9.00pm

We have a full house of presenters waiting in the wings to share their thoughts, ideas, work and also opportunities for collaboration so please come along and hear some interesting presentations.

Everything from literature to events, exhibitions to art therapy as well as how to get involved in shaping the future direction of ABpositive. Presenters include Alison Chandler (ACVO) Iain Halkett (Aberdeen Artists), Freda Morrison (Pushing out the Boat) Jen Shaw (Uni of Aberdeen), Artists Stephanie Vandem, Rachel Grant and Anita Bell on their different exhibitions and work along with contributions Yvonne Billimore (Scottish Sculpture Studio) and also Deveron Arts, ABpositive and Suttie Arts Space.

However if you have something burning to say and share we could probably squeeze one or two more people in so please let us know if you’d like to. Otherwise please support the presenters and come and enjoy the chance to chat, see the exhibition in the Arts Space. This event is hosted in partnership with the team from Grampian Health Arts Trust (GHAT) and there will be a chance to view the Aberdeen Artists exhibition in the gallery.

If you fancy presenting or coming along to the event then please RSVP to: as soon as possible so we can have enough refreshments available.

Both events that follows is for anyone interested in culture in the North East and ABpositive welcomes new members all year round – it is free to join our mailing list and to attend our events.

via ABpositive AGM and Who, What, When, Where and Why Networking Night.

Come and help create the summer meadow in the Gardens – we are going to seed bomb it! We invite flower fans of all ages to join us in creating a summer colour explosion by catapulting seed mixture on the grassy slopes. Meet us on the lower ground level by the granite stairs, Saturday 16 May at 09:30 🙂

via Seed Bomb UTG!.

Super Shop Pop-Up Event

April 25, 2015

Pop-up shops from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Super Raffle in aid of Northsound Cash For Kids.


FREE entry

10:30 – 16:00 at Skene House Rosemount



Featuring pop-up shops from



Teasel & Tweed

Scott Mackie Art

xoxo Florist

aubeebop jewellery



Deeside Brewery Ltd

Secret Malts of Aberdeen

The Store

By Heidi

Cambus O’May Cheese

Collecting The World

For more information: 01224 645971

via Super Shop Pop-Up Event › VisitAberdeen.

‘Mark Making’, the art show at Union Square is previewing on the evening of Friday 8th May between 6 – 8pm .

If you wish to attend the preview please RSVP to:

The show will then be open to the public from Saturday 9th May until Sunday 30th May.

Open Thursday to Sunday each week from:

12 noon until 4pm

via ‘Mark Making’ Macmillan Aberdeen Art Show.

Brand new Extreme Art School programme @ Transition Extreme starting April 2015 – 15 to 21 year olds


Transition Extreme are really excited to announced the new programme the Extreme Art School Aberdeen.   This programme is designed for young people aged 15 – 21years who are not in education, training or employment and have an interest in the arts. The programme will support and provide young people with strong art and design skills and embed lasting passion for creativity within participants. The programme offers the opportunity for young people to work under the guidance of professional artists & designers, work collaboratively on projects, and exhibit their work.

The Extreme Art School is a 10 weeks, full time programme, running Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:30pm.

Please find attached to this news article deatils on the course content along with the application form.

Please return your completed application form no later than 5pm on Friday 3rd of April 2015.

Forms can be:

 Completed electronically and sent by email to

 Mailed to Linzi Harrow, Transition Extreme Sports Ltd, Links Rd, Queens Links, Aberdeen, AB24 5NN’

 Handed in at Transition Extreme reception marked ‘FAO Linzi Harrow.

If you have any queries at all regarding the Extreme Art School programme, or the application form, please contact Linzi Harrow at Transition Extreme by email ( or by phone (01224 626 279)

via TX Extreme ART school programme | Aberdeen Guarantees.

ACC Cultural Awards 2015

March 20, 2015

Cultural Awards

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city. Whether it’s the intrinsic value of creating or the social, educational and economic benefits of cultural activity and events, its fundamental role in our everyday lives is clear and recognised. In order to support the development of, and access to, high quality arts and culture activity, the Council, in addition to its core funding, have three main funding programmes available; Project Grants, Creative Spaces Grants and Artists Bursaries. So if you are an arts organisation, community group or an artist in any art-form, please read the summaries below to find out if there is a suitable funding programme for you.

* Project Funding 2015 – 2nd Application Window Opens March 23rd *


This Project Grants programme is open to proposals from arts organisations or community groups for any type of arts and culture project. Be it a community arts workshop, a heritage trail, a networking event or a visual arts exhibition, all proposals will be considered provided the core criteria is met. Funding of up to £10,000 is available and the next application window will open on March 23rd with a deadline of 9am on April 27th 2015. Applicants  to this application window will be notified of the outcome on June 5th.  To find out more, please download the guidelines and application form below.

Cultural Awards Application Form (2015)

Cultural Awards Project Funding Guidelines (2015)

Available Support for Applicants


if you are interested in applying for funding and have any questions or require support in regards to the application process, criteria or event to develop your project, there is support available. You may contact us via email or telephone at anytime, while a series of one to one advice sessions for the second application window will be announced soon.

Made In Aberdeen – supporting individuals

The ‘Made in Aberdeen’ programme supports and profiles individual artists based in Aberdeen. The aim of this programme is to demonstrate confidence in the city’s creative individuals, to nurture and support our talent and find new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience.

The Made in Aberdeen includes the following support initiatives:

Artists’ Bursaries

Artists’ Commissions

Emerging Talent Prize

Made In Aberdeen Films

For more information on the Made In Aberdeen initiative and associated funding programmes please click on the link below.

Made in Aberdeen home page

Existing Award Recipients

All current award recipients can download copies of the reporting templates below.

Cultural Awards 2015 – Progress Report Template

Cultural Awards 2015 – Final Report Template


Culture & Sport Branding Guidelines

Aberdeen City Council Logo

Vibrant Aberdeen Logo


We are happy to offer any support that is required to develop and submit your application so if you have any questions or would like to meet with a member of the Cultural Awards Team please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email –

Telephone – (01224) 522 341

via Cultural Awards.