Latest Funding Sources and Information from KDP

By bellmannews / July 10, 2024
Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a celebration of all that is great about our nation’s towns and neighbourhoods.  They are about highlighting the people, places and projects which are leading the way in making a difference, delivering benefits which will help make our communities cleaner, greener, stronger and fairer whether through design, delivery or sheer determination.

For 2024, the Scotland Loves Local Awards categories are:

  • Town of the Year
  • Most Enterprising Community
  • Place Leader Award
  • High Street Hero (8 regional winners)

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate your chosen winners visit the Scotland Loves Local website.


The Aberdeenshire Local Action Group’s Rural Communities Challenge Fund 2024-25 has been launched and is now live and open for applications.

Grants are being invited from community groups, public sector organisations, charities and cooperatives throughout Aberdeenshire and can fund specific activities aimed at benefitting rural communities in the region.

Applications will be assessed and approved by the Aberdeenshire Local Action Group (LAG), a cross-sector partnership which represents rural communities throughout Aberdeenshire.

Grants will be targeted towards capital expenditure which can be delivered before 28th February 2025 and supports one or more of the following priorities:

1) Low Carbon Community Buildings

2) Active and Connected Communities

Grants between £10,000 and £49,999 will be available, and a minimum 10% match funding contribution to projects by applicants is desirable but not essential.

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday 11th August 2024 and potential applicants can access the application form and guidance here.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact Aberdeenshire Council for more information and support at externalfunding@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


This call for evidence is being hosted on behalf of Edel Harris OBE in her role as Chair of the Independent Review of Adult Disability Payment.

It is primarily intended for organisations. A separate consultation that is intended for people with lived and living experience of accessing – or trying to access – Adult Disability Payment is also available. If you are an individual with lived experience of disability or Adult Disability Payment, you may wish to respond to the consultation instead.

You may find it useful to read or refer to the call for evidence paper while responding, as this contains full background information.

You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 23 August 2024.


Live Life Aberdeenshire have launched Sport for Change funding, to support Hubs, Clubs, Community groups and 3rd sector organisations across Aberdeenshire to introduce new activities that tackles local need.

They are inviting applications that will support projects targeting Mental Health and/or Disability & Inclusion.

They have provided several supporting documents which provide some context on these themes.

Please make sure you have read the following attachments prior to applying:

The application form can be found here, and the fund closes on 19th July.


Engage Aberdeenshire, offers everyone the opportunity to provide input into a broad range of projects, activities and decisions. It is a dedicated space where you can gather information, share your ideas and have your say on a variety of matters.

Aberdeenshire Council’s engagement hub doesn’t replace face-to-face engagement, but recognises that public engagement events are not always possible or are not everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why this website has been made – to make it easier for you to contribute and get involved in a way and at a time that suits you.

You can access the website here.


The Plugged-In Communities Grant Fund will continue supporting Scottish community transport organisations in 2024/25.

Funding can cover 100% of costs, up to £75,000, to replace a community transport vehicle with a zero-emission alternative, to support community trips and services.

Funding excludes VAT (unless deemed non-reclaimable), and no match funding is required. Grants are available to cover the following zero-emission vehicles:

  • Cars
  • Light goods vehicles
  • Minibuses
  • Mopeds/ motorcycles

If you think your organisation is eligible for the fund and would like to apply, please complete the pre-application check.

For more information on the Fund visit the Energy Saving Trust  website.


Storms Frank, Arwen, Corry and Malik, to name a few, have impacted on our area in recent years.  This questionnaire is part of a research study aimed at understanding the public’s perception of the ‘Name our Storms’ initiative implemented by the UK Met Office, Met Éireann, and KNMI.

Since its inception in 2015, the initiative has aimed to increase public awareness and preparedness for extratropical storms affecting the British Isles, primarily through winter, although extratropical storms can be named at any point of the year.

With climate change expected to exacerbate the intensity and frequency of these storms, understanding public perception is crucial for improving communication strategies and reducing socioeconomic impacts.

Click the link  for the questionnaire.


Sport Scotland’s Sport Facilities Fund (SFF) supports capital projects that help to create or improve places where people take part in sport and physical activity.

They want to support projects that provide more opportunities for people to get involved in and participate in sport & physical activity.

Projects that can clearly demonstrate an inclusive approach that targets participants in/from SIMD areas or areas of rural disadvantage, or those with additional needs, or those from ethnically diverse communities, or other protected characteristics, as identified in The Equalities Act 2010, will be prioritised.

Please read the SFF Guidelines for further details of the type of projects they want to support and those that will not be eligible. https://sportscotland.org.uk/funding/sport-facilities-fund/sport-facilities-fund-guidelines

Please contact Sport Scotland to discuss your project and eligibility before starting or submitting an application facilities@sportscotland.org.uk

Deadlines for submission of Sport Facilities Fund applications are 5pm on the 1st September.

More information can be found here.


In 2019 the Scottish Government ran a consultation about proposals the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) had made on improvements to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In response to that consultation some people said they wanted a wider review of charity regulation.

This consultation asks 10 short questions about a review. It is split into three sections:

  • The need for a review and the purpose of a review
  • The parameters for a review – What should it cover and not cover?
  • Technical areas for review

The review closes on 22nd July.

More here.