A north-east community group is hoping to convince local councillors that a life-saving defibrillator will prove value for money.
Banff and Buchan’s area committee meets on Tuesday and will discuss a range of projects that community councils from across the region want funded.
One such scheme is New Aberdour’s bid to buy a defibrillator to be stored “in a central location”.
The group wants £400 to achieve its goal. The funding would also provide training for members of the community council to be able to safely use the machine.
The machine would be bought from the British Heart Foundation.
In a report from Ritchie Johnson, the local authority’s director of communities, councillors will be told that they have about £3,500 left in funding to support all of the community councils in their wards.
“The aim of the Banff and Buchan Community Council Project Grant is to support and empower community councils to raise funds for schemes, projects and other purposes within their stated objectives,” he said.
Earlier this year, a Peterhead man was saved when a defibrillator was used after he collapsed outside a local football club.
And the St Andrew’s First Aid charity said that, for every minute that passes after a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival is decreased by around 10%.
A spokesman for the charity added: “Certainly, we’re seeing a number of instances of people whose life has been saved by having access to a defibrillator.”
Two other community councils are also bidding for a slice of the money.
King Edward want £736 to improve drainage at a playing field at Crudie, and £340 more to buy a projector and screen to give presentations at meetings.
Alvah, meanwhile, want £750 to purchase flower tubs.