Funding Sources and More from KDP

By bellmannews / December 14, 2023

THE Kincardine and Mearns Youth Club hit the news this week when our Area Committee approved its asset transfer request for the former sea cadet building on the High Street.

If this decision is ratified by Aberdeenshire Council’s Business Services Committee, then it will be time to roll up sleeves and pull in the funding needed to get the building into good order and complying with access and fire requirements.

KDP’s bulletins are an invaluable resource at times like this – scroll through and see how many possibilities there are for just this one group.

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin. 

The Local Voices Wellbeing Fund supports community groups to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families through delivering a range of activities and support at a local level.
The funding priorities are: Afterschool activities for children 7+ Mental health support groups for community members Activities for late teenagers and young adults The closing date for this round of funding is 14th January 2024.
For more information and to request an application pack, email

Do you have a broad interest in biodiversity/greenspace? Do you want to increase, or share, your knowledge about home energy issues? Do you want to join members of your NESCAN Network in taking your community forward in these areas?

Then come along to a virtual meeting space on Wednesday 17th January to connect with others and cocreate interest groups to bring people together and make a positive difference around these topics.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th January, between 7-9pm, with the first hour spotlighting all things related to the natural environment, and the second hour looking at home energy.
Feel free to join for the session that interests you most or stay for both. A link to access the online meeting with be sent out the week before the event.
Register your interest here and if you have any queries, drop rose@nescan a line.

The Power of Music Fund will be accepting applications until 22 December 2023.
Dementia choirs, musical activities for carers and other initiatives supporting people through music will be able to apply for multi-year grants of either £1,000 or £2,000 per year, depending on the size and scope of the project. Additional support will be available for set-up costs.

Learn more here

Please take a few minutes to vote for your chosen charities in the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund for Adults. You must vote for 5 groups in total, and there are a number of charities which are very active within Kincardine and Mearns. Click here to learn more about all the groups and place your vote.
Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 15th December, so be quick.

The Idlewild Trust supports the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. 
They are interested in projects that aim to conserve historic or artistically important objects and works of art including artefacts, textiles, furniture, metalwork, manuscripts, wall paintings, tombs and stained glass of high quality.  Works must be in museums, galleries, places of worship, and historic buildings or their grounds, and be accessible to the public.
Please read the Funding Guidelines for detailed information and then go to Apply for a Grant.
The next closing date is 13th February 2024 at midday.

The Movement for Good Awards is an annual programme of giving by the Benefact Group. This year they will be giving over £1million to charities and good causes – with your help.
Nominate a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation or community interest company for a £1,000 award.
You can nominate as many charities as you like – it’s one nomination per charity, per person. The more nominations a charity gets, the greater their chances of winning, so spread the word!
Nominate a charity for £1,000.
Nominations received by December 17th  2023 will be entered into the 2023 draws. There are not many days left, so get voting.

The winter months can throw all sorts at us in Aberdeenshire. It might bring snow or ice,high winds and power disruption, flooding. The Council and other partners will always try to deliver as many services as they can, no matter the situation, but the reality is that they might also be impacted.
To help, you can get prepared and be ready for disruption.  Taking a few simple steps can improve your own personal or household resilience. This Are you Ready for Winter leaflet contains some important information, guidance, and signposting to additional support.

The Youth Scotland Safe Spaces Youth Work Fund is a small grant fund supported by The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust.
The fund was created in response to the specific challenges which youth groups face around the prevention of, and alleviation of, risk of harm to children and young people. It will make small awards of up to £2000 to enable youth groups to deliver better youth work to young people who are at risk or who have experienced ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
Funds can be used for general youth work activity which creates safe spaces for young people who are at risk, as well as providing the opportunity to run issue-based programmes for young people affected by abuse and other Adverse Childhood Experiences, according to need.
The next closing date is noon on Friday 26th January.
Visit the website for more information and to apply. 

AVA will be hosting an online Children and Families Forum on Wednesday 17th January 2024 from 10.00am – 11.30am.
Presentations will include:   Aberdeenshire Child Protection Committee   Aberdeenshire Violence Against Women & Girls Partnership   GIRFEC Multi-agency Training & Development   Children & Young People’s Service Plan Update Whole Family Wellbeing Overview Please register here to attendChildren & Families Forum Registration

The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Young Start is a grants programme that distributes money from dormant bank accounts. They will support a wide range of projects for up to three years that will make children and young people aged 8 to 24 confident, healthy, connected or enterprising

They will fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes: children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. children and young people have better connections with the wider community. children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business. To learn more, visit the website.

Planning is underway for the 2024 Aberdeenshire Wellbeing Festival, which will run for the whole month of May, giving lots of opportunities to attend the activities on offer.
The Wellbeing Festival is an annual event that brings together communities through activities that promote and support good mental health and wellbeing. 

The events are for everyone and range from workshops to reduce stress in the build up to exams for youngsters to health walks, creative cafes, singing groups, relaxation events, health & lifestyle checks, poetry, cancer support and lots more.
Many Aberdeenshire third sector organisations are involved with delivering sessions for the festival, so if you are interested in getting involved, contact the Public Health team at

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 Kincardineshire
07903 156864  Should you wish to get in touch, our contact details are as follows:

Mairi Eddie              Development Officer    
Margo Titmuss        Funding & Windfarm Officer