KDP Bulletin

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

The Tree Council is inviting applications through the Branching Out Fund.
Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £250 and £2,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.
The funding will cover the cost of trees, hedges and orchards; reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports, as well as peat-free compost and/or soil improvers.
The closing date for applications is 3rd December 2023.

The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund was developed to enable community groups to respond to local mental health and wellbeing challenges.  In April 2023, a further £15 million funding for Year 3 of the fund was announced. 
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults is now open with £635,114.29 available for distribution to groups and organisations across Aberdeenshire, by the 31st March 2024.
AVA will be running three support webinars for the fund on:

  • 4th October, 12-1pm
  • 18th October, 6.30-7.30pm
  • 1st November, 12-1pm

You can register to attend one or more of them here
To learn more, visit the AVA website.

Stonehaven Older People’s Forum are hosting a social event to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons this Friday, 6th October 2023. It is aimed at two major groups:
those attending the social event for the company and interaction.
any groups or services that feel they would benefit from new members or participants.
This is a networking event to showcase clubs, activities or services that may interest the Over 50’s.

The Essentia Foundation provides financial support to charities and community groups to help achieve the following objectives:
Improved health and social welfare of children and young people up to the age of 25 years old.
Increased opportunities for training, enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities, and supporting young people up to the age of 25 years old to move towards employment.
This round of funding is aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland.
Grants of up to £3,000.00 are available for a period of 12 months.
The fund will open on 23rd October and closes on 30th November.
Visit the website for more information.

Colm McBriarty of Age Scotland runs the newly-established Scottish Dementia Friendly Communities Network.
They currently have over 100 Scottish groups in the network, but only one from Aberdeenshire! They want to connect with many more so they can include more variety, voices and experiences from the area.
Colm is interested in any group or organisation that is working with people affected by dementia in some way (as lived experience or as caring partners).
More information on the Network can be found here.
Please get in touch with Colm directly if you’d like to learn more about the network and how to join. His email is colm.mcbriarty@agescotland.org.uk

The Opportunities for Young People Fund is now open for applications. Funds will close when the budget has been fully committed.
The Fund is for existing community groups, with a track record in youth work provision, to draw down match funding from other sources to maintain current programmes and to develop new activities.
Community based organisations can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £10,000. Funds will be allocated through the Youth and Communities Team with input from Young People.
Awarded funds must be spent by 31st March 2024
For more information, detailed criteria, eligibility and to apply please visit the funding page Opportunities for Young People Fund – Aberdeenshire Council

AVA are hosting an online session on Addiction and the Road to Recovery to bring a voice to those third sector groups and organisations that work tirelessly to offer support to individuals/families affected by addiction, and to breakdown the stigma surrounding addiction. 
They will be joined by Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol, Turning Point Scotland, Alcohol & Drugs Action and Gamcare. You will also hear from those with lived experience about their journeys within recovery and beyond.
Wednesday 11th October 11:45am-1:15pm
Register here

The Robertson Trust offer both revenue and capital funding for registered charities and constituted community groups that help people and communities in Scotland who are living with poverty and trauma.
Wee Grants – For constituted community groups and charities with an annual income of less than £25,000
Small Grants – For registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £100,000
Large Grants – For registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million
Community Vehicle Grants – For registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million
There are no set closing dates for the Funds, so you are welcome to apply anytime.

Making Ready Meals in Community Groups from the Real Farming Trust will provide an introduction to offering ready meals, such as freezer meals for pantries, community cafes or take-away ready meals.
They will cover issues including labelling, nutrition, freezing, packaging, health and safety, sourcing free or cheap ingredients, allergens and special diets.
The main speaker will be Rachael Forster who looks after food safety and compliance for Tamar Grow Local CIC’s enterprises and has been involved in developing a number of food and growing based community projects in the Tamar Valley.
They will share the Ready Meal toolkit during the session, and will also provide some time to network with other groups.
18 October 2023 at 10am on Zoom.
More information and registration on Zoom.


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