Funding Opportunities: Community groups in the Kincardine and Mearns area are being urged to take advantage of a grant scheme funded by Aberdeenshire Council. The Area Committee Budget has funds available for the financial year 2016/17. With no possibility of carrying forward the funding to the next financial year, community groups are being urged to take advantage of the scheme which will end on 31 March 2017. The funds are aimed at supporting local groups and organisations to address local needs and realise local projects. A maximum of £8,000 is available from the Area Committee Budget, ideally as part of a wider funding package with a maximum contribution normally being 50%.