KDP Bulletin

By bellmannews / December 1, 2023

From KDP Team

The Community Grants Programme supports local charities and community organisations across the Grampian region to develop projects which improve access to health provision, enhance healthcare experiences, and empower individuals to better manage their own health.
Applications which are community based and initiatives which seek to address health inequalities are particularly welcome. The programme is also interested in supporting research which focuses on health inequalities, self-management, prevention and early intervention.
For more information and to apply visit the website

Connecting with Communities is a mobile food service that operates to help rural communities across Aberdeenshire access affordable and healthy goods at a low cost. It is a service that has been developed in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.
When residents visit the Connecting with Communities van, they have the opportunity to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, and other healthy goods at affordable prices.
For more information and the locations that they visit please click here.

The Fore Trust offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before.
It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.
Registration Wednesday 6th to 13th December 2023.
For more information and to apply click here

The £150m Community Ownership Fund (COF) exists to help communities across the UK to take ownership of assets at risk of closure.
A community asset or space means buildings or land which are used for the well-being or social interest of the local community. These include green spaces, libraries, cultural spaces, leisure facilities, community centres, pubs and more. Community ownership gives local people control over the buildings and spaces that have significance to them and that these spaces are used in ways that meet the priorities and needs of the local community.
My Community is providing a Scottish based webinar on 5th December, on how to write a strong application and putting together your management case.  They will bring together top tips plus insight from successful applications including hearing from groups that have received funding.
Learn more on the website or register here for the webinar.

Nourish Scotland is looking for 10-12 pantry members or those using foodbanks in Aberdeenshire, to join discussion groups or individual conversations to share their realities of accessing food through pantries or food banks.
More information can be found in this flyer
Participants will be paid for their time and reimbursed for any extra expenses.
To find out more about how to get involved email Irina at irina@nourishscotland.org.uk or call: 07726926232.

SCVO has produced a Village and Community Hall Handbook for everyone running a village or community hall in Scotland. From governance and facilities management to net zero and digital, they will guide you through what you need to know.
Village halls are often the heart of the community. They are places for people to gather, learn, access services and have fun. Making sure they are well run and maintained is an important but not always easy role, often fulfilled by committed volunteers and workers.
Explore the various subjects here.

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding to support what matters to people and communities. The programme is a partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, sportscotland and Creative Scotland. It can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Funding for community-led projects: from £300 to £20,000 and can support your project for up to 2 years.
Funding for arts and sports projects: from £300 to £10,000 and can support your project for up to 12 months. Run in partnership with sportscotland and Creative Scotland.
Visit the website for more information.

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Live Life Aberdeenshire offers a package of support, highlighting the many free services available to people and families across Aberdeenshire, to help save money and support health and well-being.
Through Live Life Essentials, people can access, for free, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, showers in leisure venues and use computers to access the internet, send emails, create word documents, etc.
An essentials membership is required to access the services, but it costs nothing and can be found at the below link.
For more information and to sign up please click here.

The Hugh Fraser Foundation makes donations to registered charities which are active in such sectors as the arts and culture, medical & health, the environment and education, care and support of the young and elderly, people with disabilities and the under-privileged. So long as the object is charitable, the Trustees will consider any application from a registered charity.
The Trustees’ policy is to focus on applications relating to activities and projects in Scotland, particularly those parts of Scotland where the local economy and/or circumstances make fund-raising for charitable purposes difficult.
The next closing date is Friday 2nd February 2024.
For more information on the application process, click here.

The work of Scotland’s voluntary sector changes people’s lives for the better, brings communities together, improves policy and contributes to the economy.

EssentialSector is a campaign to show the impact of this #Essential work and to act as a reminder that what we do, and the benefits we bring, are constantly at risk if we do not have the support and funding we need to thrive and survive.

Back in May 2023, 10 voluntary organisations were selected to showcase their work in short films. These are just 10 of 46,500 voluntary organisations in Scotland.
The films feature real people, telling their stories in their own words and paint and inspiring and raw picture of the value and impact of our sector. The films show the challenges the sector faces, as well as its many achievements.
Watch these inspiring stories here.


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