New Development Officer for KDP

By bellmannews / November 25, 2021
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Good News
The KDP Board is delighted to announce that Mairi Eddie has joined KDP as our Development Officer.  With several years’ experience as a Trustee on the KDP Board, she already has a wide knowledge of the organisation and the groups that we help.
Mairi is a Member of Benholm and Johnshaven Community Council and helped to set up and run the Johnshaven Community Larder at the start of lockdown. 
Through these roles she has been involved with many community projects, funding applications, event planning, etc. Prior to moving to the Mearns, she worked in local media before starting her own small retail business.
It is fair to say that Mairi understands, first-hand, the challenges faced by community groups and is looking forward to offering them the support they need.

The BIG Halls Tour
KDP is delighted to launch a new initiative to enhance the support we offer to village halls and community spaces. This is possible thanks to Scottish Government funding through the Community Recovery Fund and is administered by CEIS.
Halls are at the centre of so many vital community activities and we are kicking off this project with a “BIG HALLS TOUR”. Over the next few weeks, we aim to visit as many of the halls in K&M as we possibly can, and we’ll be sharing our progress on our Facebook page
In the new year we plan to offer training and networking opportunities for those running local halls, providing some inspiring marketing tips, and sharing some of the imaginative ideas we hear of on our tour.
If you would like us to visit your community space, get in touch with Margo at


Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund
Community, voluntary, and third sector organisations in Aberdeenshire can apply for up to £50,000 to deliver initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing. 
This Scottish Government Fund has been established in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic to provide grants to small, grassroots community groups and organisations to develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities and across Scotland, with improved awareness of how we can all stay well and help ourselves and others.  
The Fund will be distributed by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action who will act as lead partners to community groups and organisations within Aberdeenshire.
Applications will be accepted in two phases: 
Phase 1: 17th November – 7th December 2021 
Phase 2: 5th January – 15th March 2022* 
*or until all money has been allocated, whichever is sooner. 
Visit the AVA website for more information, guidelines, application form and how to access support with applications if you need it. 

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#PurpleLightUp offers the chance for: Employers to showcase the economic contribution of disabled employees to economies across the world and their dedication to driving the disability inclusion agenda. Network / employee resource group leaders to demonstrate the return on employer investment into well-resourced, well-led networks; sharing their organisation’s strategic plans for the year ahead or celebrating their successes over the past year. Allies and Champions from every continent to share how they will contribute to the build of a better working world. If you would like to get involved in this campaign, or would like to know more please contact Dawn Tuckwood –


Chance to Flourish
Funded through the Scottish Children’s Lottery, Chance to Flourish supports projects and activities in Scotland, with the aspiration of alleviating the impact of poverty or financial hardship, social exclusion, relative/multiple deprivation and disability or illness to young people.
Projects or activities will work with the most vulnerable families with preschool children at a demonstrably high risk of being negatively impacted by poverty.
For guidance and to apply visit the website

Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network

Find the MCHLN Autumn Newsletter here

Creative Lives Survey – Spaces
Access to community spaces is a burning issue, post-pandemic. Creative Lives (formerly Voluntary Arts) has launched a survey which aims to gather info on voluntary creative groups’ experience of finding and using spaces. The survey can be found here.

The Platinum Jubilee Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched The Platinum Jubilee Fund, which will support 70 projects across the UK to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th (Platinum) Jubilee.
Applications need to fit one or more of these areas of focus: Across Generations Community Renewal  Our Shared Natural World  Grants will be between £30,000 to £50,000 and projects will have up to 2 years to deliver their activities.
More information can be found at the National Lottery Community Fund website.
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 15 December 2021 (unless 700 applications are received sooner). 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:
Margo Titmuss         Office/Windfarm Admin        

All of this information was correct at time of writing. 
07903 156864