KDP Bulletin

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin. 
Before sharing this week’s Good News, a wee reminder to get your happy, funny, inspiring, uplifting stories to us, so that we can share the joy with the wider community.
Get your thinking caps on and send your Good News Stories to Margo@kdp.scot

Due to the generosity of local organisations, companies, and individuals, and the hard work and determination of the committee, Portlethen & District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association took delivery of a new community ambulance last month.
The ‘Wee Blue Bus’ provides an invaluable transport service to the local community, providing a daily transport service to mainly elderly and disabled people, taking them to and from their appointments at the Portlethen Medical Centre for the last 40+ years, and more recently the Portlethen Dental Care practice. They also support weekly lunch groups for the elderly in Portlethen and Newtonhill, and occasional outings for local groups on request.
In 2023 alone, they travelled nearly 10.5K miles and transported around 2000 passengers who, without their assistance, would have struggled to make their appointments.
A huge well done to the committee for their perseverance in raising the substantial amount of funds required and thank you for the amazing service you provide to the community.

The aim of the Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone fund is to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys. Projects must:

  • develop ideas collaboratively and in partnership with communities
  • facilitate independent walking, cycling, and wheeling for everyone, including an unaccompanied 12-year old
  • re-allocate road space, and restrict motor traffic permeability to prioritise people walking, cycling and wheeling over private motor vehicles.

Guidance for community organisations can be found here
Round 2 opens on 20 March 2024 and closes on 23 April 2024

Sustainable Mearns are hosting a free event on Sunday 24th March as part of Climate Week North East.
There are two parts to the day:
* Climate Fresk Game 3-6pm – which is a way of learning about the science behind extreme weather (climate change) in a creative, collaborative and fun way.
* Social Gathering 6-8pm which will involve bringing food to share and conversations about sustainability and our community.
Everyone is welcome to attend one or both parts of the event.
If you would like to book a place or require any further information please contact sustainablemearns@gmail.com
Don’t forget your “bring a dish” contribution for the social gathering, as they are keen to make this a foodie event! (might be worth noting the ingredients on paper to help others with dietary restrictions).
See more details on the poster

Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to the Peter Harrison Foundation Opportunities Through Sport grant scheme. The aim of the grant scheme is to provide opportunities for sport and physical activity at a grassroots level that enable people who are physically, mentally, socially or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential.
The grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as funding new sports programmes, improving existing sports facilities, or providing training and support for sports coaches. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual turnover of up to £500,000. The next closing date for applications is 1 April 2024.
To learn more and to apply visit the website.

As part of year one of Aberdeenshire’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, AHSCP want to build capacity within Aberdeenshire’s communities for suicide prevention by reducing stigma around suicide and making people feel safe to talk about suicide.
To help achieve this, they would like to start a pilot programme and reach out to existing community support groups, which support people living with long term physical illness/ chronic conditions across Aberdeenshire.
They want to identify current knowledge of suicide prevention within these groups, and ascertain what support might be needed in the coming months surrounding this topic.
Whether you lead a community support group and/or help support an individual via a service or benefit from such a group, they want to build knowledge from the ground up surrounding suicide prevention.
At this stage, we would like to ask for notes of interest from people and from organisations who wishes to engage with us and help us achieve this goal.  If you’re interested to work with AHSCP, please get in touch with aenea.petrie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk by Wednesday 27th March 2024.
Please see the Communications Briefing for more information.

The Fore 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.
You will be able to register for the Summer 2024 funding rounds from 12pm on Thursday 28th March to 12pm on Thursday 4th April.
More information here

We are now in heart of Climate Week North East.  Click here to see all the events taking place over the next seven days.

The People’s Postcode Lottery supports smaller charities and good causes in Scotland to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.
They support projects under the following categories:

  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Enabling participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors
  • Providing support to improve mental health (Focus on organisations that actively support specific mental health issues)

Upcoming funding rounds are:

  • Round 1: 25 March 9am to 1 April 12 noon.
  • Round 2: 24 June 9am to 1 July 12 noon.
  • Round 3: 24 September 9am to 1 October 12 noon.

Find out more here.

The Community Ownership Support Service of DTAS run Assets for People and Place webinars on a rolling basis throughout the year.
This programme, which is exclusive for communities, will run throughout 2024 and will provide sessions on asset acquisition right through to asset management.
To find out more about each session click here and to book a space, click here.
If you would like to be added to the contact list for the next round, please contact coss@dtascot.org.uk

The William Syson Foundation will consider applications for projects and activities that promote the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, including (but not restricted to) promoting, developing and ensuring the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including music, the visual arts, theatre and literature.
The Small Grants Fund will award grants up to £45,000, with next window for applications opening on the 15th April until 26th April inclusive. Application forms will be available online once the fund opens.
Find out more here.
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.