Latest KDP Bulletin – and Why We Need Community Projects Identified in Local Place Plan

By Jane Cruickshank / November 13, 2023
Apricot begonias tumbling from the fountain with the new garden area behind

ANYONE who has already completed the Local Place Plan questionnaire, will have seen a section asking which community-led projects they would support.

This is an important aspect of the consultation. If enough people take part and give their backing to the proposals, it is a big step towards enabling community action.

Underpinning any project would be a funding application – which would be all the more robust as community support could be demonstrated. And there are many funding sources to approach.

Finding sources of funding

Kincarding Development Partnership was one of the first organisations to ‘buy into’ the concept of The Bellman – sharing Stonehaven’s news – and have regularly emailed us their bulletins for us to publish. I thank them for their support.

It is greatly due to these excellent updates, that I have become aware of just how much money is available to community groups and initiatives – money that could be improving Stonehaven’s amenities.

Each bulletin brings a fresh list of funding opportunities. So this latest KDP update gives just a flavour of what sort of project could benefit – and what kind of award could be achieved. Please have a look below.

More Input is needed

Meanwhile, the first public consultation session for Stonehaven’s Local Place Plan takes place in the Town Hall on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Members of Stonehaven and District Community Council who are leading the consultation will be present along with other volunteers, myself included.

Laptops and I-pads will be available For those who would like help to complete the online questionnaire

Feature image: the north pends community garden, a community-led project

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin

Stronger Starts is a £5m grant programme to boost school funds focusing on providing nutritious food and activities/resources to boost physical health and mental wellbeing in children and young people.
All groups and projects that support young children with a stronger start in life are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £1500. Projects could include improving school playgrounds, growing and food projects, outdoor play and purchasing kits for healthy activities. This is an ongoing fund, and you can learn more here

As part of The Press and Journal’s 275th anniversary celebrations, The P&J 275 Community Fund was launched earlier this year, aiming to support the charities transforming communities across the north and north-east of Scotland.
The Press and Journal asked readers to nominate charities they believed should benefit from the fund – which includes a minimum donation of £10,000 each – in 2024. From now until November 15th, readers can learn about each of the charities online and in a special pull-out newspaper supplement, and vote for who they think should be announced as official Charity Partners of the fund.
Click here to see a list of the ‘Large’ nominees and here for the ‘Small & Medium’ nominees, and cast your vote.

The Wolfson Foundation main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment.
They fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability, heritage, humanities & the arts.
The fund opens on 20th November and closes on 5th January 2024.
To find out more visit the website.

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards celebrate projects and people that work to improve places and communities in Scotland. They are funded by the Scottish Government.
The My Place Awards have two categories: Community-led Projects: recognises recent community-led built environment projects, including new buildings, historic buildings or monuments that have been reused or refurbished, designed public realm schemes such as street-works or parks, and designed landscapes such as gardens or public green spaces. Community Champions: celebrates individuals in communities across Scotland who have made a significant contribution to their local area through achieving positive change in the built environment, whether through built heritage, public spaces or access to these by communities. Winners of the Awards are celebrated at a ceremony attended by major stakeholders in the built environment and heritage sectors, as well as representatives from local and national government.
 Entries to the My Place Awards 2024 can be made via the My Place Scotland website. The deadline for entries is 14 January 2024.

Music for All are delighted to be able to offer financial awards as well as donations of instruments in the categories below: Working with children (0-4 years old) Groups working with those in financial hardship Choral groups Electric guitars Ukulele group bundle offer Behringer multipurpose headphones Please read the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully before applying.
Applications for these awards categories should be made by 8am Monday 18 December 2023.
To learn more click here

Young Scot want to find out more about what it’s like being a young person (aged 11-25 years) in Scotland.
The Big Survey asks young people for their thoughts on what is important to them now and for the future. From politics to health and climate change, the questions also ask what concerns young people, how they manage their money and what they think about technology, phone usage and AI.
Young Scot will use the results to better understand what life is like for young people and to help develop services that meet their needs.
Fill in the survey here
Aberdeenshire Council is carrying out a Budget Engagement Survey between now and the 17th of November 2023 and want to know what is important to you.
They are seeking views from a wide range of groups and individuals across Aberdeenshire, on four main questions: Which services are most important to you right now? Which services do you think will be most important to you in future? Where do you think we should make changes? Which services would you like to have a greater say on? Click here to complete the survey. It should only take about 5 minutes.

The Ian Findlay Path Fund will support path management projects that improve the accessibility and resilience of existing paths between homes, community services, active travel routes and public transport facilities or connections.
The fund will support path management projects that: Demonstrate that they will make it easier for people to choose active travel and public transport to reduce dependency on car usage Improve accessibility and resilience of existing paths between homes, community facilities, active travel routes and public transport facilities Remove barriers to make existing paths more accessible to more people Link paths to community destinations such as homes and public transport connections Improve and create routes to aid the development of 20-minute neighbourhoods Contact to start initial discussions.

Do you want to learn more about Shared Ownership?  If so, join Local Energy Scotland on Thursday 16 November at 12pm to hear how shared ownership works and the support available from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) that could help you explore opportunities in your area.
They will have their Shared Ownership Manager and Specialist on hand to answer any questions you have.
Find out more and register here.

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme has reopened for applications.  The fund supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and 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.

All funding applications must be made by a registered referrer and you can do so here.

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