KDP Bulletin

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Aberdeenshire Council Rural Communities Challenge Fund is offering grants between £10,000 and £50,000 towards projects which support one or more of the following priorities:

  • Low carbon community buildings
  • Active and connected communities

There is a very tight timescale for this fund, with a closing date for applications of 5pm on Monday 4th September.  In addition, the funds must be spent by 28th February 2024.
Click for more details.

The James Hutton Institute would like to extend an invitation to members of the community and all interested parties to attend a pre-application event to discuss their HydroGlen project, which will demonstrate how farming and rural communities can switch from fossil fuels to become self-reliant, net-zero carbon energy producers and exporters, generating 100%+ of their electricity, heating and transport fuel energy requirements through renewable energy and green hydrogen production and use.
This face-to-face public exhibition event will be held at the Dickson Memorial Hall, Station Rd, Laurencekirk AB30 1BE on the 4th September 2023 between 2pm and 7pm. This is an open-door, drop-in session, open to all members of the public and interested parties.
View the invitation for more details. 

Business Gateway offers a plethora of free webinars, events and online tutorials to tackle topics from bookkeeping and finance, writing a business plan, e-commerce, social media, marketing on a budget, to video production for digital platforms and more.
Visit their website for the current schedule.

The Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund is open for applications until 30th September 2023.
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 for the Guidance Notes and Application Form
For more information or assistance with completing an application, please contact margo@kdp.scot

The aim of the ‘Platinum Jubilee Coastal Path‘ is to complete a coastal path along the entire coastline of Aberdeenshire as a legacy tribute to her late Majesty.
The Tangleha Artists Collective has been tasked with development of a coastal path from the River North Esk to the southern edge of Aberdeen City limits, at Cove.
In time, it is envisaged that this “Kincardineshire ” section will join up with paths around the City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.
Here are the Platinum Jubilee Coastal Path and MerCHaT Summer Updates. 

LNER’s Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF) supports charities, customers, and the communities of their route.
The core themes the fund supports are mental health, education and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
The maximum amount that can be applied for is £50,000.
Preference will be given to small and medium charities, over larger charities.
New environmental focus area: Biodiversity; Sustainable Travel; Waste Reduction and the Circular Economy
To apply and learn more visit the website

SURF’s annual awards are open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland. The purpose is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.
The 2023 categories are:
Community Led Regeneration
Removing Barriers to Employability
Improving Scotland’s Places
Housing & Regeneration
Creative Regeneration
The closing date is 5pm on Monday 4th September.
For more information and to apply click here.

Join SCVO for Scotland’s biggest celebration of the voluntary sector when The Gathering 2023 takes place at the EICC in Edinburgh, on 7th and 8th November.
More organisations will be taking part in this year’s event than ever before, with a packed programme of 75 workshops, seminars and training sessions over the two days.
Pre-register now to keep up to date with all the news about the Gathering 2023, to be the first to see the programme of activities and to book your free place at events before anyone else!
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.

Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:

Mairi Eddie              Development Officer              mairi@kdp.scot
Margo Titmuss        Funding & Windfarm Officer   margo@kdp.scot