KDP Bulletin

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

We have been very busy with our AGM, Annual Report, Windfarm Community Funds and lots of other exciting projects; so the Bulletin has taken a back seat for a few weeks. HOWEVER, we are back with a bumper funding special.

Hopefully there will be something of interest for everyone.

The Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund opened for applications on 1st July for 3 months.
Applications to the fund can be made from not-for-profit groups and organisations, based in the following Community Council areas:

  • Crathes, Drumoak and Durris
  • Newtonhill, Muchalls and Cammachmore
  • North Kincardine Rural
  • Portlethen and District
  • Stonehaven and District

This year, there is £37,676.93 available in the Fund.
Click here for the Guidance Notes and Application Form will be available on the KDP website from 1st July. 
Closing date is Saturday 30th September 20232.
For more information or assistance completing an application, please contact Margo at margo@kdp.scot

The next round of the Just Transition Participatory Budgeting Fund is open.
Grassroots community organisations can apply for up to £50,000 of capital funding for green projects in Aberdeenshire, that address climate change and improve sustainability as we work towards net-zero. Once the proposals are in, these projects will then be put to a public vote where voters will decide which projects they believe will offer the greatest contribution towards a carbon-neutral Aberdeenshire.
NESCAN are available to help groups with their applications, please contact rose@nescan.org.
AVA will also be running webinars, as follows:

  • Tuesday 11th July, 12-1pm
  • Wednesday 2nd August, 6.30-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 16th August, 12-1pm

Register here
Applications close Monday 4th September 2023 .
For more information about the Fund visit the website, and to learn more about Participatory Budgeting read this 60 Second Guide.

The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere. It fund supports services/projects in the following qualifying categories:

  • Sport: encouraging and increasing public participation in sport (activities which involve physical skill and exertion)
  • Recreational facilities: the provision or organisation of recreational facilities (buildings, pitches or similar) with the aim of improving the conditions of life for the people for whom the facilities are primarily intended. This is only in relation to facilities which are primarily intended for people who need them due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • Animal welfare: for the advancement of animal welfare
  • Health: the advancement of health, including prevention or relief of sickness, disease or human suffering
  • Culture: supporting the heritage – tangible or otherwise – of Scotland, through projects that encourage participation in and preservation of Scotland’s distinctive culture.

Thursday 31st August 2023 at 5pm
Find out more here.  

Shine Bright funding enables charities across the UK to purchase items and resources to protect and support the children they serve through the cost of living crisis.
Charities are asked to provide details of how funding can assist, and which items would be purchased through an award. Grants are available up to £1,500 per successful application.
Please click here to learn of the grant criteria and to apply.

Paths for All has a range of grant funds for projects which contribute to their goal of creating a happier, healthier, greener Scotland where everyone can be active every day.
These Funds are open now.
Learn more about the funding that is available here.

The Coop Local Community Fund support projects that help make communities fairer for everyone. You can apply if you are a not-for profit group, wanting to fund a specific project that benefits your local community.
More information and details of how to apply on the Coop website

While the Tullo and Twinshiels Community Benefit Fund does not normally support running costs it has been agreed with Eneco that, given the current financial climate, community halls within the benefit area can make an application of up to £1,000 to help with fuel bills. Halls can only apply once and this concession will apply to the next three rounds of funding ending on – 30th September 2023, 31st March 2024 and 30th September 2024.
This applies to halls that are open to bookings from all groups in the community.
Applications should be made using the application form which can be found on the website.

An Innovation Fund has been developed by the Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Strategic Partnership.
This funding can be used to support community groups, partners and community led projects to develop new ways of working or try something new that addresses poverty and inequalities across Aberdeenshire.
The funding will be used to contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:
Improve the lives of disadvantaged people across Aberdeenshire.
Address poverty holistically
Enabling children to live poverty free in adult life
Improve the wellbeing of people living in poverty
Reduce the inequalities for marginalised groups
There are 2 levels of funding available –
Level 1 Innovation is up to £5,000.
Level 2 Innovation is up to £10,000.
Here are the Application Form and Guidance Notes.
The closing date for this round of funding is the 28th July 2023.

The National Lottery Community Fund have shared their new 2023 – 2030 strategy ‘It starts with community’. They’re focusing efforts where there is greatest need with an ambition to ‘create resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable, funding activities and organisations that strengthen society and improve lives across the UK’.
Changes include:
Awards for All maximum grant increasing to £20,000
New £15 million UK-wide fund to support more connected communities, opening in July 2023.
Investing £35 million in the Climate Action Fund
Find out more about the strategy on the Community Fund website.

The 2023 Resilient Communities Fund is now open to applications in the North of Scotland network area.
£157,000 will be available to eligible communities, councils, and charities in grants ranging from £1,000 to £10,000.
The deadline for applications to the fund is 5 pm on Monday 31 July, and applicants are asked to consider the criteria for funding, which seeks to support projects falling under these two categories: 

  • Resilience for emergency events – To enhance community facilities, services, and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency such as extended power loss. 
  • Vulnerability – To protect the welfare of vulnerable community members, particularly during significant emergency events such as extended power loss, through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness. 

Find out more at the SSEN website.

KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.