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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.

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

Community Asset Maintenance Fund

Expressions for Interest Open3rd June 20243rd June 2024
Expressions for Interest Close30th June 202430th June 2024

Closing Date for Applications

Midnight, 9th August 2024

Midnight, 15th September 2024

Decision Dates

Mid September 2024

Mid October 2024

Grant Award Letters Issued*

Mid September 2024*

Mid October 2024**

Projects completion, including claims

28th February 2025

28th February 2025

*Spend should therefore not be planned for before start October 24.
**Spend should therefore not be planned for before start November 24.

Below are the guidance notes for both funds:

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

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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