Wanted – Good News to Share

By bellmannews / February 11, 2024
Welcome to the KDP Bulletin. 

KDP is very aware of how much bad news is out there, and we thought it was time to focus on the positives.  We want to share Good News stories in our fortnightly Bulletin.  So, what happy, funny, inspiring, uplifting stories can you tell us?  They don’t have to be specific to our area, but they MUST make us smile.
Get your thinking caps on and send your Good News Stories to Margo@kdp.scot.  Let’s spread the joy.

The King Charles III Charitable Fund has launched a new Small Grants Programme to support projects that will improve people’s lives and build sustainable communities across the UK.
Each year, the fund will allocate grants of up to £5,000 to around 100 community-based organisations, including charities, community interest companies, and parish councils.
The fund aims to support small-scale projects that have the potential to create substantial impacts within their communities, especially those that typically face challenges in accessing larger funding sources.
Grants will be awarded across 6 funding themes:environmentcountrysidesocial inclusionhealth and wellbeingheritage and conservationeducationThe fund opens to applications on the 8th February 2024 and closes on the 22nd February 2024.  Learn more here.

After the success of their first Community Resilience Conference in October 2023, Aberdeenshire Council’s Risk & Resilience Team is looking to hold another event in Autumn 2024.
They are keen to reach as wide an audience as possible, and are therefore seeking your views on the format of the event and would be grateful if you could complete this short survey.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Empower Grant Programme has opened this week with a closing date of 12 noon on 15th February.
This is a great opportunity for charities who support vulnerable people to secure unrestricted funding for three years.
To be eligible for Empower, your charity must:Put vulnerable people at the heart of everything they do.Have an annual income of £150,000 – £500,000.Have a minimum of three years’ accounts lodged and checked at OSCR.Successful charities will receive a three-year unrestricted grant of £150,000, providing them with more stability and enabling them to use their funding in the way that helps them best to support vulnerable people.
Learn more here.

Applications are now open for the Scottish Charity Awards 2024.   All types of voluntary organisations and groups, including registered charities, social enterprises, campaigning groups, community interest companies and people involved in those spaces can apply for a Scottish Charity Award. 
If your organisation has had a particularly special year, they want to hear all about your achievements and impact.
The categories for 2024 are: Charity of the Year; Employee of the Year; Community Impact; Campaign of the Year; Trustees of the Year; Partnership of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Digital Difference; Climate Impact and People’s Choice Award.
To learn much more and apply, click here.   

Sea-Changers has launched their Coastal Fountain Fund to help reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats. The fund helps community organisations across the UK to purchase water fountain bottle filling stations for installation in busy or particularly environmentally important coastal areas.
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to cover the cost of purchasing one water fountain unit and does not cover installation or maintenance costs.
The closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2024.
More information is available on the website.

The Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) is responsible for the delivery of millions of pounds worth of services annually. They deliver services as diverse as Home Care, Criminal Justice Social Work, Community Hospitals, Drugs and Alcohol Services, Care Homes, Community Nursing and many others.
This year the AHSCP will need to make in the region of £12.5 million worth of savings across their budgets and they would like to ensure that you have the opportunity to help steer how they make those savings and efficiencies.
By filling in the short survey you will help to guide the conversation. 
The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and the closing date is Friday 26th February 2024.

The NESCAN Hub has a small pot of funding for community climate action and biodiversity projects within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The Seed Fund is designed for small community projects, and grants are for a maximum of £1000 per organisation.  The Fund’s aim is to set up projects to mitigate or adapt to climate change, increase biodiversity and work towards a fairer, healthier, more sustainable future.
For more information and to apply, please visit NESCAN Hub.
The next closing date is 28th February 2024.

From 26 February 2024, changes are being made to Best Start Foods that will enable more people to qualify. 
Social Security Scotland is holding virtual stakeholder events throughout February, looking to engage with professionals who work closely with expectant parents and/or families with children under three, who can highlight the changes and ensure that people who may be eligible are aware.
To sign up to the virtual events, visit the eventbrite website.


The latest round of funding (closes 29 February) from the Naturesave Trustis targeted towards organisations, individuals, communities, and charities working to reduce food waste and food insecurity.
Projects may include food banks, sustainable food initiatives, farming practices, fair trade, or health and nutrition. 
More information and details of how to apply can be found on the Naturesave website. KDP is here to help in any way we can.  Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.

Mairi & MargoKincardineshire

07903 156864 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