Tackling Covid-19 in the New Year

By bellmannews / January 6, 2021
cartoon of 2021 being unveiled with 'we got hope' as caption

From Kincardine Development Partnership, KDP –

Happy New Year – this traditional statement to welcome the new year may seem a little feeble as we start 2021 in a state of national lockdown once more.  However, at KDP we remain hopeful, and are ready to help our remarkable communities to tackle the challenges which face us.  The last 9 months have taught us a great deal, and we use this knowledge now to work with you to make Kincardine & Mearns a great place to live and work.
We would like to kick off this first Bulletin of the year with a reminder of some of the many forms of support that are available to tackle the impact of Covid-19.
The Scottish Government 
The Scottish Government website provides an in-depth breakdown of what we can and cannot do.
Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub 
The Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub is a great source of advice. You can find information on how to ask for support; mental health & emotional wellbeing; the Test & Protect programme; benefits & financial advice; volunteer opportunities; and much more.
Aberdeenshire Psychological Resilience Hub
The Psychological Resilience Hub is for anyone who is struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting their psychological wellbeing.
For more information visit their website.

Homeworking Checklist
NHS Grampian has produced a checklist for those working from home during the current pandemic.  Find it here
COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund
If a business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, it may be eligible for this grant funding. 
Click here for more details on eligibility and timeframes.
Adapt and Thrive Programme 
The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 therefore building back better to thrive in the future. The programme will help organisations to make the necessary changes to operate sustainably so they can continue to have a positive impact on people and communities. Adapt and Thrive offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and loans. 
The programme is now open for applications and will run until March 2021.
To apply click here

Aberdeenshire Council – Community Resilience Fund
The Community Resilience Fund is for community or resilience groups seeking funding to support people in the community who are staying at home, self-isolating, vulnerable, and unable to access basic necessities such as food and medicines, as a result of the restrictions due to COVID-19.  
For further information visit the website.
If approved, the funds will be awarded within 2 working days of the application being made.
Aberdeenshire Council – Community Food Fund
Aberdeenshire Council has made funds available to support local projects tackling food security in north-east communities. 
Applications to this fund will be assessed by the local Area Manager’s office and funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If approved, funds will be awarded within 20 working days of the application being made.  
For information on the criteria and to submit an application, click here.
#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund
The #ShiftThePowerCoronavirus Response Fund has reopened.
It helps grassroots organisations in Scotland to support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities. This includes coping with the impacts of the Coronavirus.
The Fund is delivered by the Corra Foundation and will provide grants of up to £10,000. It is open to charities and voluntary organisations with an income of less than £250,000.
The work to be supported needs to fit with one of the following four strategic themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters.
The fund will operate on a rolling basis and will close once all funds have been allocated.
All the details can be found here.

KDP is here to help in any way we can.  Please let us know how we can support you or your organisation.  We will continue to share information and guidance in our bulletins, however, due to the speed of change and quantity of information, the most current details will be found on our Facebook page (@kincardineshiredevelopmentpartnership).
Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:
Jacky Niven              Development Officer                       jniven@kdp.scot
Margo Titmuss         Office/Windfarm Admin                  officesupport@kdp.scot

All of this information was correct at time of writing. 
Jacky and Margo