KDP Bulletin

By Mairi Eddie & Margo Titmuss

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin

NESCAN Hub seed funding has returned for 2023. Small grants of £500 are available for community groups, organisations and individuals within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to set up projects aiming to mitigate or adapt to climate change, increase biodiversity and work towards a fairer, healthier, more sustainable future.
For more information and to apply, please visit the NESCAN Hub website.

Nominations have opened for the 2023 Scotland Loves Local Awards.  Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) are hosting the event that recognises the amazing work taking place to transform communities across the country.
And YOU are being urged to make your voice heard about the people and organisations who you feel deserve a chance to shine in the spotlight for the work they do.
The award categories are:

  • Climate and NetZero Town Award
  • Creative Town Award
  • Digital Town Award
  • Enterprising Communities Award
  • Streets and Spaces Award
  • Town Centre Living Award
  • Place Leader Award
  • High Street Hero

Nominations can be made here, where full category criteria can also be found. The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday, September 4th 2023, and winners will be announced at a celebration being held in November.

Brand for Growth 2023
Brand for Growth offers charities and social enterprises the opportunity to invest in their brand in a changing world. Successful applicants will embark on a bespoke rebranding exercise to align and strengthen the organisation for a bright future. This comprises consultancy, design and rollout phases resulting in a revitalised brand outlook, revised visual identity and a starter pack of brand resources.  The programme is for social enterprises in Scotland with high growth and impact potential who can demonstrate that they would benefit significantly from a high level branding exercise they may otherwise struggle to resource. 
Applications open 11th July 2023 – 25th August 2023
Learn more and apply on the BOLD website

SSEN Transmission has recently set out plans for its first ever Community Benefit Fund, which will see the company working with communities across the north of Scotland to channel funds into vital local projects.
SSEN Transmission is seeking to engage with all stakeholders, organisations and members of the community with an interest or possible interest in the establishment of a Community Benefit Fund. Your response will help to develop a Fund that responds to community needs and provides tangible benefits to communities across the north of Scotland.
Participate in the consultation here

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.
Find out more on the Family Fund Services website.

With Us, For Us provides an opportunity for people living with trauma and/or who have been given a diagnosis of personality disorder to share their experiences of services and their ideas for change.
Read on for lots of learning and free resources to help make lived experience a key driver for your project, service or organisation.

Tesco Stronger Starts is a £5m grant programme to boost school funds. Funding will be focused on providing nutritious food and activities/resources to boost physical health and mental wellbeing in children and young people.
Groups and projects that support young children with a stronger start in life to apply are encouraged to apply. The main focus is on schools, including nursery, primary and secondary, however all groups connected to schools and other groups supporting young children will be considered such as PTAs, parent councils, brownies, beavers and sports clubs. A wide range of projects fit the bill – improving school playgrounds, growing and food projects, outdoor play and purchasing kit for healthy activities.
The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people. It provides grants of up to £1500 to local projects from across the whole of Scotland.

All the resources you need to take part in Challenge Poverty Week are available from the Poverty Alliance website, including a new general toolkit.
2- 8 October 2023
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.