The Community of Upper Donside has a new charitable trust.
The upper Donside Charitable Trust has been set up to offer small grants to groups and individuals from Lumsden to Corgarff.
The purposes of the Trust are the advancement of education, the advancement of citizenship or community development, the provision of recreational facilities, the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
Applications for the first round of grants were advertised in October 2011 and the grants have recently been awarded.
The Chairman of the Trust, Fred Gordon, said: “There was a very encouraging response from a diverse range of groups within the local community. We were delighted to be able to offer small grants to quite a number. Applications for the next round will be available soon.”
Amongst the successful groups were local bowling clubs, Scottish dancing group, community hall associations, Strathdon School and the Silver Circle.
Janet Wilson, of the Silver Circle, said: “This grant is very welcome, as it will allow us to continue providing our hospital transport service for the community and the work of the day centre at the Lonach Hall.
The first AGM of the Trust will be held in Strathdon Church Hall at 2pm on Sunday, April 22.
All are welcome and applications for the next round of