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Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth entrepreneurial talent.
They believe that it’s important to support entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in any way they can. They  recognise that supporting businesses isn’t a one-off thing. From providing prize funding of up to £150,000 to a quick catch-up, we’re here for the long haul.
There are three competitions:
Scottish EDGE: For early-stage companies/social enterprises across all sectors, offering funding of up to £100,000 on a split grant/loan basis.
Young EDGE: For companies where all directors are under the age of 30 offering a grant only award of up to £10,000.
Wild Card EDGE: For pre-trading companies, sole-traders and partnerships, offering a grant only award of up to £10,000.For more information and how to apply can be found on the website here.

The Laurencekirk Thursday Group (a peer support mental health group) are having a recruitment drive. 

The group is open to anyone over 18 that feels peer support would help on their journey.  They meet on a Thursday at The Venue (Back of Masonic Hall) in Laurencekirk from 10.30 till 12,30.  If you would like to join the group then why not pop along or contact them on 07572437492 or LaurencekirkThursadyGroup@aol.com

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is here to support communities to engage with, participate in and benefit from the energy transition to net zero emissions.

The new Let’s Do Net Zero Community Buildings Fund under CARES (Community and Renewable Energy Scheme) will help community organisations reduce their building energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Funding is available for many types of self-managed community buildings, including:
village halls
community centres
community hubs
sports facilities
faith buildings. 
Grant funding is available for up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £80,000 and is planned to run until the end of March 2025, subject to funding availability.

For more information and to apply click here

Scottish Business Week is back!
This year’s programme will run virtually from the 3rd – 7th of October, and it will offer inspiration, advice & guidance for business owners and those looking to start up – supported by talks from experts, webinars, masterclasses, networking opportunities, Q&A’s & more.

Make sure to add it to your diary and stay tuned for more information

The latest round of Aberdeenshire Council’s Coastal Communities Challenge Fund (CCCF) programme is now live.
Grants are being targeted at community groups, third sector organisations and small businesses on Aberdeenshire’s coastline and can fund a range of activities with positive economic, social or environmental impacts.
This year’s grants will be targeted towards activities or infrastructure which meet the following priorities: Supporting the development of active travel routes along, to and from the coastline Developing the coastal economy and sustainable tourism Creating or enhancing community, leisure and recreational facilities Safeguarding, restoring or enhancing the coastal environment Grants between £2,500 and £25,000 will be available, and applicants must make a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects. Small business applicants must contribute 50% match funding. All projects must be completed by 31 March 2023.
The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday 28th August.
potential applicants can access the application form and guidance here
For more information, contact coastalcommunities@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) aims to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. It also looks to empower places to invest in local priorities across three priority areas of communities and place; supporting local business; and people and skills.

Aberdeenshire has been allocated over £8m of funding over three years from the programme. An investment plan is being prepared to access the funding, with stakeholder input sought to help shape spending priorities and outcomes. More information can be found here

SCVO Community, Capacity and Resilience Fund.
The fund is provided by Scottish Government and managed by SCVO. The main objective of the fund is to provide up to 2 years funding to community-based voluntary organisations enabling them to: Pilot small innovative and creative projects, increasing capacity to deliver core services tackling poverty and social inequality. Use the funding to scale up pilot projects to attract more risk-averse grant funding to sustain the work going forward. Encouraging applications for up to £8,000 per annum for 2 years. This fund is for community-based organisations with an income of less than £200,000 in their last financial year. Organisations must be based in Scotland and delivering services in Scotland.
Applications Close 26th August 2022 with a decision 5th September 2022

For more information and to apply click here
KDP is here to help in any way we can.  Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.
Mairi, Margo & Lindsey
07903 156864 Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:

Mairi Eddie              Development Officer              developmentofficer@kdp.scot
Margo Titmuss         Funding & Windfarm Officer  windfarms@kdp.scot
Lindsey McDonald   Administrator                         officesupport@kdp.scot
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