Funding criteria

The Foundation does not support political causes, parties or organisations or charities with a religious focus.

Emerging Markets

Each year the Foundation will select an emerging market and focus its investment in that area. The emerging markets allocation will be focused on a small number of long term partnerships (average duration of three years). All charities must meet the following criteria to be considered for an emerging market grant:

  • UK registered
  • Small to medium in size or, if a larger charity, must have an identifiable project that Aberdeen can support
  • Clear focus on the promotion of education and providing wider opportunities for underprivileged young people

Local Communities

All charities applying for local community grants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered charity
  • Clear connection to a community local to one of Aberdeen's offices
  • The investment should be capable of having a clear and meaningful impact, for example:
    - Small charities where the contribution amount is significant relative to the charity’s size
    - Larger charities with identifiable project opportunities that Aberdeen could put its name to
    - Projects which include the opportunity for Aberdeen employee involvement through volunteering
    - Local organisations where Aberdeen can have a visible impact
  • A governance structure in place to allow Aberdeen to monitor the impact of the investment.