ACVO Launches £100K Community Anchor Fund for Aberdeen 3rd Sector Organisations

Today ACVO – Aberdeen’s 3rd Sector Interface – announced the launch of a £100,000 Community Anchor Fund to support local organisations in their COVID-19 response to the ongoing global pandemic.


The fund has been created with thanks to support from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund.


The Community Anchor Fund will disburse awards between £600 and £4,000 to constituted groups, registered charities and community interest companies who are currently supporting work related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the social distancing measures between March and November 2020.


Maggie Hepburn, Chief Executive of ACVO, said on the fund’s launch:


“ Throughout this pandemic, we have seen time and time again, 3rd Sector Organisations rising to the challenge.  The ACVO Community Anchor Fund will help support those organisations which have stepped up their response in their local communities to the current COVID-19 pandemic and I would encourage them to apply to this fund.”


“This support could come in the form of funding staff costs and volunteer expenses to provide advice, support and information remotely, the purchase of PPE or volunteer training.  The list is endless.”


ACVO is one of three organisations in Aberdeen who are distributing funds through the Supporting Communities Fund alongside SHMU and Inchgarth Community Centre.  SHMU will offer £25,000 of small grants to communities with a particular focus on the regeneration areas of Aberdeen.  In the South of the City, Inchgarth will offer £71,369 to provide direct support to individuals. The three Community Anchors have agreed to work cooperatively throughout the process.


Commenting on the role of SHMU as a Community Anchor, Murray Dawson, Chief Executive of SHMU said;


“As one of Aberdeen’s community anchor organisations, we are absolutely delighted to have secured funding through the Supporting Communities Fund alongside ACVO and Inchgarth Community Centre.”


“These are extraordinary times that require innovative and creative solutions – the SGSCF has enabled our three organisations to distribute much needed funding to some of the most vulnerable residents across the city, supporting community led responses that will provide much needed support to those most in need.  This award will help all three organisations make a real difference.”


Paul O’Connor MBE, Chair and Manager of Inchgarth Community Centre added:


“Inchgarth Community Centre is delighted with the funding from the supporting communities fund, which when added to the funding secured from several other sources, means we have been able to support most communities in Aberdeen South in a significant and meaningful way” 


“The collaboration between Inchgarth, SHMU and ACVO means that many citizens and organisations of Aberdeen are obtaining support during their time of need” 


Funding for the ACVO fund will be awarded based on the themes of remote service delivery; food, shopping and prescription services; family and home support and volunteer support.  For further information and to apply please visit .

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Notes to editors


  • ACVO is Aberdeen’s 3rd Sector Interface. More information can be found at
  • Applications are now open and will remain open until Wednesday 27th May for the ACVO Community Anchor Fund only.  Application packs can be found at
  • Maggie Hepburn is available for media enquiries.  Please contact Martyn Walker, ACVO Communications Officer to arrange.
  • More information on the support from SHMU can be found at
  • More information on the support from Inchgarth Community Centre can be found at