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Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund

The Ayrshire Rural and Islands Ambition (ARIA) Fund is part of the Scottish Government's Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme.  It is led by the ARIA Local Action Group (LAG), a group of representatives from the local area so its decision making is bottom up. It is administered by South Ayrshire Council.

There were three funds for 23-24:

All have closed, please see dates below. ARIA will still be in operation though for 24-25 so please keep abreast of this webpage for updates. 

ARIA Case Studies

ARIA has helped numerous organisations deliver projects for rural & islands Ayrshire.  Please see case studies below.

Old Pinwherry Cosy School Space

Pinmore & Pinwherry Community Development Trust (PPCDT)

Little Peru Green Start

Little Peru Ltd

Onsite Compost Project

Woodside Arran CIC

Eligible Area

Rural Ayrshire & the islands of Arran & Cumbrae, defined in the eligible area map. Potential applicants should use the finder tool in the top right of the map to check for project eligibility. Organisations do not have to fall in the eligible area if their project does.

Indicative Key Dates


Main Fund & Communities into Action Fund

Community Asset Maintenance Fund

Closing Date for Applications

Midnight, Fri 18th Aug 23

Midnight, 29th Sept 23

Decision Dates

Late Sept 23

Early-mid Nov 23

Grant Award Letters Issued*

Late Sept 23*

Early-mid Nov 23*

Projects completion, including claims

28th Feb 24

*Spend should therefore not be planned for before start Oct 23.

ARIA Fund Foundation Documents

ARIA Fund LAG Meetings

The ARIA Fund LAG meets on a regular basis.  The minutes for the meetings are available below.

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