A major funding award has helped boost business at a north-east community enterprise.
There has been “little action” over hundreds of millions of pounds of Scottish Government funding for the north-east promised almost two years ago, according to an Aberdeen MP.
A lifeline has been thrown to the threatened Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) after a final decision on whether to continue council funding was deferred.
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Councillors will finally decide on funding a threatened military museum next week.
Staff raffle tickets are being sold at the city council HQ in an attempt to close a funding black hole of nearly £7million for the Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp.
Celebrity backers of the threatened Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) have argued that withdrawing funding for the event would be a “very sad day” for the city.
Heritage projects worth £200,000 have been lined up to secure the future of buildings and features across the north east.
Councillors who “trashed” the city’s reputation by announcing plans to scrap funding for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) should abandon their “non-starter” City of Culture bid, the chairman of Aberdeen Festivals has warned.
Moray Leisure Centre is facing closure amid fears that running costs are “spiralling out of control” at a time when visitor numbers are dropping.
Peterhead residents are being asked to share their opinions on how they believe new funding could benefit its sport, cultural and community facilities.
Groups and schools across the north-east have been awarded a share of more than £25,000 from the National Lottery.
Fresh allegations of funding announcements made in the month leading up to tomorrow's general election have been made by the Scottish Conservatives.
The Scottish Government has admitted to an error of judgement over funding announcements during purdah.
Moray community groups are looking towards a bright future after learning about a new £3.5million funding scheme aimed at improving the area.
The announcements of millions of pounds for fishing and crofting during purdah has been criticised by north-east MSP Ross Thomson.
NHS Grampian's recruitment crisis has led to increasing use of locum surgeons, and left the health board millions out of pocket.
An Aberdeen University academic has been awarded £2million to lead a study into the use of soil in combating global warming.
Aberdeen City Council has urged groups and volunteer organisations to apply for cash from a £1,000 funding pot.
Education Secretary John Swinney yesterday announced £3million of funding to train hundreds of new teachers.
A charity which helps needy families eat more healthily faces a bleak future after being cut adrift by NHS Grampian.
An Aberdeen museum which tells the 200-year history of “the finest regiment in the world” is to lose its Ministry of Defence funding.
Moray College has been left £500,000 out of pocket because of a lopsided funding system which has funnelled the cash into other campuses.
Angry Aberdeen council leaders have claimed new figures show the city is in line for a funding cut of more than £40million from the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has underfunded north and north-east health boards by more than £20million this year.
Lochaber residents have helped Highland Council award grants totalling £30,000 to 27 local clubs, groups and projects.
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded a total of more than £200,000 to a trio of geoscience companies for projects aimed at boosting offshore exploration.
Moray education chiefs are proceeding with plans to build a new high school without a swimming pool or community centre, because of a funding wrangle with the Scottish Government.
Funding to cover up to 80% of the cost of north-east community projects is expected to be approved tomorrow.
Mystery benefactors have swooped in to save Elgin Museum from the brink of bankruptcy. Late last year, Moray Council sparked fury across the region by denying the venue a "sink or swim" appeal for a one-off grant of £44,500. The Moray Society, which runs the attraction, was left "hugely disappointed" by the funding blow - which left the operation facing an uncertain future. But yesterday, members revealed that the council's decision "angered" three local supporters so greatly that they banded together to amount the £44,500 themselves. Society president Grenville Johnston was blown away when he learned of the staggering donation. He said: "I was overwhelmed, this is such a generous gesture. "We have had three supporters step up to say they want to help, and that has been so heartening." Mr Johnston said he received a letter which outlined the benefactors' reasons for choosing to back the venture. He added: "They told me that they felt Elgin Museum represented a very important part of tourism in Moray. "The letter highlighted our archive, and our volunteers' knowledge of the area's history. "The benefactors said they were very anxious indeed to help that continue." Vice-chairwoman Janet Trythall added: "These people were so angry with the council's decision that they wrote a cheque." However, management at the cash-strapped attraction said the donation offered the venue a reprieve, and would not alone guarantee its future. They will use the cash to implement a string of improvements across the next three years to secure its long-term viability. Members had asked that the council split the sum into annual tranches of £18,500, £15,000 and £11,000. But, during a meeting of the authority's economic development and infrastructures services committee in December, members voted seven to six in favour of rejecting the request. Fochabers Lhanbryde councillor Douglas Ross had appealed for his fellow committee members to grant Elgin Museum's funding request. But he was removed from the group ahead of the crucial vote and had to watch from the sidelines as the application was dismissed. Last night, Mr Ross said: "It was clearly very disappointing when the council decided not to financially support the museum, despite a very strong case for doing so. "I'm absolutely delighted to hear of this extremely generous donation, which will ensure the Moray Society's great work can continue." Elgin Museum was established in an A-listed building on the town’s High Street in 1843, and the venue is now the oldest of its kind in Scotland. It exhibits an array of treasures native to the region and from further afield, including more than 900 fossils, Roman coins, Pictish symbol stones found near Craigellachie and artwork by John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Moray MSP Richard Lochhead visited the venue yesterday as part of a national drive to highlight Scotland's historic collections. Mr Lochhead said: "In these times of financial constraints, it was a pity that Moray Council felt unable to support the museum. "But this very generous donation from a local supporter has helped save the day. "Going forward, I hope the council is able to identify funds required to support the venue over the coming years. "Elgin Museum is a hugely valuable asset for the local community, allowing us to remain connected to our history and heritage. "We're lucky to have this beautiful building which tells lots of amazing stories about Moray's past - and that is priceless." Mr Lochhead said it was also important to recognise the multitude of backers who had pledged the enterprise donations during its time of need.
A Moray charity will begin a healthy eating holiday club to ensure the area's poorest children don't go hungry while school is out.
The Scottish Government will plough millions of pounds into creating a new high school in Lossiemouth.