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Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Led Vision Fund
The Community Led Vision Fund program is now live and open for applications.

Applications are being invited from public sector organisations, small to medium-size enterprises, charities, community groups and cooperatives throughout Aberdeenshire (excluding the Cairngorms area).
Grants will be targeted towards activities or infrastructure which can be delivered before March 2023 and support one or more of the following priorities:
Capacity building to unlock projects (for instance feasibility, pre-construction work or options appraisals)
Quick win capital work for community spaces (for instance improving interiors in newly re-opened community buildings or energy efficiency measures)
Green public spaces (planting or restoring green spaces, outdoor play, recreation or similar projects)
Opportunities for young people (creating or improving spaces or purchasing equipment for example)
Grants between £5,000 and £50,000 will be available. A minimum of 10% match funding contribution to projects by applicants is desirable but not essential.

Great British Beach Clean
The first of the public Great British Beach Clean events in Scotland, happening across 16th – 25th September, are now live on the website. Join up for some of the busiest beach cleans of the year and help us collect vital data.

Marine Conservation Society are partnering up with Paws on Plastic for the Stonehaven Beach clean on 24th Sept

A selection of locations so far:
• 17th September East Haven, Angus
• 18th September Aberdeen North
• 24th September Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Search your postcode below and use the event link to register your place here.

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 Children, Young People, Families and Adult Learning Third Sector Fund is being made available by Scottish Government to provide core funding to organisations that improve outcomes for children, young people, families and adult learners through the following policy priorities:
Child Poverty
Mental and Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing
Equalities and Wellbeing
Family Support
The Promise
Applications must be received by 3pm on 5 September. Decision will be announced in December will funding starting in April 2023.

Blether Benches for World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide accounted for 753 deaths in Scotland in 2021

Pillar is asking groups and organisation across K&M to get behind their “Blether Bench Campaign” to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday 10th September.

This year’s theme is “Creating Hope Through Action”. We know that small talk can save lives so we’re inviting community groups/clubs/organisations across the Kincardine and Mearns get involved in creating a sense of connection and hope in the local community by adopting a local bench and turning it into a “Blether Bench”. Groups can create a conversation starter by using their bench to promote the group’s activities or simply use your bench to stop and offer a friendly hello and a smile to the folk that pass by.

For more information or to adopt a bench, please contact the Pillar team on 01569 767222

Climate Action Fund
This funding aims to help communities across the UK to address climate change.

They are looking for projects that focus on the link between nature and climate. They want to fund projects that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action. They expect these projects to bring other important social and economic benefits. Like the creation of strong, resilient and healthy communities or the development of ‘green’ skills and jobs.

They’re interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:
show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change.
They will accept applications from either:
local partnerships
UK-wide partnerships which are delivered across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Involving Volunteers Award

The Involving Volunteers Award is a straightforward quality initiative to support, recognise and reward groups and organisations that are great at involving volunteers. We all know the huge benefits of volunteering on our mental health and well-being and this award helps support organisations to provide the best environment possible to allow great volunteering practice to flourish.

If you would like to find out more about Involving Volunteers Award please email enquiries@avashire.org.uk

Tackling Poverty and Inequalities group now have two new funding opportunities available.

The first is to go towards any projects or services that align with the principals of TP&I and move us towards creating a fairer Aberdeenshire for all members of our community.

The second is the “Flexible Wellbeing Fund”, which will go directly to individuals and families who are struggling financially during these difficult times.