Applications are now open for grants from a £104,000 North-east cash pot.
The Banff and Buchan Area Initiative Fund, which is backed by Aberdeenshire Council, offers grants to organisations that aim to enhance and strengthen their community.
Area manager for Banff and Buchan at Aberdeenshire Council, Margaret Cardno, said: “It’s a fund which is open to communities across Banff and Buchan.
“We work in partnership with the communities to help them achieve their own ambitions.”
The scheme offers grants of up to £10,000 to such organisations and will fund a maximum of 80% of their total goal.
Ms Cardno said: “The money given is used for local priorities, so that can be anything from the environment to health and wellbeing.
“It’s quite a broad fund so it can be transport, connectivity or safety in the larger towns.
“We’re completely open-minded about the organisations that apply.
“The only eligibility is that they have to be constituted and be able to provide financial records.”
The scheme has been in operation for five years, but in the past two years, Aberdeenshire Council has doubled the grant amount available from the original £52,000 to the current £104,000.
Ms Cardno added: “There has been so much positive work by the community in Banff and Buchan to improve the region, so we wanted to encourage and promote this.
“Banff and Buchan is such a fantastic community, delivering really good on the ground developments to the area.”
She is encouraging as many groups as possible with diverse aims to apply for this year’s round of funding.
Ms Cardno said: “We’ve had a lot of interest already and it’s a great opportunity for them.
“We want to build up more and greater engagement in the community so they can be empowered to keep making their own decisions.”