KDP Christmas Bulletin

By bellmannews / December 23, 2021
Christmas Wishes
The staff and trustees of KDP would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 
There’s no doubt it’s been another difficult year, but yet again our communities have risen to the challenge, supporting those in need and finding new and imaginative ways to continue doing what they do best, whilst complying with Covid regulations.
Whatever 2022 holds, we at KDP are here to help, whether you are looking for funding or governance advice, project planning support, help with community engagement or just want to talk through a new idea. Please get in touch in the New Year and we’ll be delighted to assist you in any way we can.

KDP staff will be on holiday from Wednesday 22nd December, returning on Tuesday 4th January.


BIG Halls Tour – Update
In November we started our “Big Halls Tour” and since then we have visited 16 halls within K&M, with more to follow early in 2022.  Do get in touch if we have not already arranged to visit your hall.
It has been inspiring to hear about the wide range of activities that take place in our wonderful community spaces.
In the New Year we plan to offer training and networking opportunities to those that run local halls and to share some of the challenges and the imaginative ideas that we’ve heard about on our tour.
How many of our local halls can you recognise in the collage?  
This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Scottish Government through the Community Recovery Fund which is administered by CEIS.

Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund – Phase 2
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 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. 


Scotland’s Climate Festival
Scotland’s Climate Festival is inviting community groups to register their events on its website.  The Festival, which is run by Keep Scotland Beautiful and funded by the Scottish Government, is offering to help communities organise and promote their climate events. The event can be of any size and shape (including online). There is also a seed fund available to support you hosting your event, and the chance to work with a range of national agency partners.
St John’s Hill Community Fund
Opening on 1st January 2022, the St John’s Hill Windfarm Community Fund accepts applications from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of: Arbuthnott Catterline, Kinneff & Dunnottar Guidance Notes and an Application Form are available on the KDP website
Closing date – 31st March 2022. 


Visit Mearns – Campaign Video
Our Mearns Tourism Association, operating under the brand “Visit Mearns” secured funding from Visit Scotland to support a marketing campaign to promote the area to visitors over the low season.
Here is the opening film on Youtube from their campaign, called Our Creative Backyard: artisanal harbours. 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, please follow our Facebook page to get the latest information.
Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:
Mairi Eddie             Development Officer               developmentofficer@kdp.scot
Margo Titmuss       Office/Windfarm Admin            officesupport@kdp.scot

All of this information was correct at time of writing. 
Margo & Mairi