KDP Bulletin – 1 May 2024

May 21, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

KDP was delighted to host a successful Volunteer Recruitment Event in Stonehaven last week.  With 20 community groups and voluntary organisations attending, the prospective volunteers were offered a wide range of opportunities.
Over 40 people came along, looking to find out where they could help.  We were thrilled that a number of potential matches were made on the day.
Thanks to all the groups and potential volunteers who came along.
We look forward to hosting another event in Laurencekirk in the coming months, so watch this space.
If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity now, take a look at the recent post on the KDP Facebook page which lists all the organisations that took part, who are all on the look out for volunteers.

The Grampian Wellbeing Festival starts today. A month-long calendar packed with a wide range of community activites and events which promote and support mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more about it here and for all the local events follow their Facebook page.

The Poundland Foundation supports organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK.
If you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support, then you are eligible to apply for a grant of up to provide kit or equipment for your team.
Grant of £750 are available to grassroots sports clubs supporting children under 18.
Organisations must have an income of under £10,000 and hold reserves under £5,000.
The next grant window will open for applications between 7 – 24 May 2024.
Find out more here.

Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are leading the development of a Regional Active Travel Network (RATN) study which, when complete, will identify aspirations for a high-quality, cohesive network for walking, wheeling and cycling across the North East of Scotland.
A draft regional network has been developed, formed of important routes in built-up areas, and of regional connectors which link the region’s communities, providing solutions that are appropriate to the different geographies and different types of people across the region.
A consultation exercise launched on Wednesday 17th April, and they are now asking for feedback on the draft network from key stakeholders and members of the public.  To view the proposals and provide your views, please visit Regional Active Travel Network StoryMap.
The consultation will be available until Sunday 2nd June.

The Aldi Scottish Sports Fund offers grants of up to £2,500 to organisations including sports clubs, schools, religious organisations and Scout and Guides groups in the North East and Highlands & Islands, to run sporting activities for the benefit of people in the local community.
Eligible projects must be located where there is currently an Aldi store, and for this current funding window the Portlethen store is included.
The closing date for applications is the 19th May 2024.
For more information and to apply click here.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is consulting on a review of Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) to protect communities from future impacts of flooding, as the number of homes, businesses, and services at risk across Scotland is projected to increase by around 40% by the 2080s.
PVAs are areas where significant flood risk exists now or is likely to occur in the future and are used to identify locations where a partnership approach may be required to resolve widespread and often complex flooding issues.
Since PVAs were first identified in 2011, SEPA have worked together with partners including local authorities and Scottish Water to plan and deliver actions to manage flood risk in the places where it is needed most.
SEPA are now consulting on proposed updates to PVAs for 2024. The review will focus on smaller, community-based target areas set within wider zones of influence to provide clearer information on how flood risk is tackled in Scotland.
While the designation of PVAs is a science and evidence-led process, feedback from public partners and local communities is key to making sure all relevant impacts are taken into consideration.
You can respond to the consultation on PVAs via Consultation Hub until 24 June 2024.

The Corra Foundation Boost Fund is for local community organisations across Scotland supporting children and families affected by poverty.
Boost Small Grants will provide grants of £500-£3,000 to constituted groups and charities with an annual income of £50,000 or less. Unconstituted groups can apply for grants of between £250-£1,500.
There is no closing date. When all funding has been distributed, the programme will close for this year.
This fund aims to:

  • Provide an accessible funding opportunity for small community led organisations.
  • Ensure supportive community led activities are available to children and families.

Find out more here.

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Do you or someone you know/support experience problems with vision, hearing loss or deafness? A Sight and Hearing Loss Information Day will be held at the Stonehaven Library, between 2.30pm – 4pm on 7th May.  Pop in to find out what help is available, and for a demonstration of equipment.
For more information call 01467 536700.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is an online match funding campaign that can help your charity to raise more money this Christmas. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donations doubled when the campaign goes live from late November – early December.
Key benefits include: access to funding from Champion organisations; a powerful incentive to donors to have their donations doubled; attracting new supporters; raising your charity profile and joining others to raise awareness of the issue.
Applications open on 13 May and close on 5 June 2024. The campaign will run from 3 – 10 December 2024.
Visit the Big Give website to learn more.

CFINE & One Seed Forward Grow Food Indoors is a 5-session programme designed to be budget-friendly and for all levels, teaching participants the fundamentals of growing food over a series of different methods for indoor growing, as well as how to use new food growing technologies.
It is held in the open and welcoming community space located at the Vaccination & Wellbeing Hub, Bon Accord Centre.
To register interest click here.

The Wolfson Foundation’s main grants programme provide Funding for Places.  These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment.
They fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science and medicine, health and disability, places of worship, heritage, and arts and humanities.  Each category has its own specific funding criteria, more detail on which can be found on the Foundation’s website.
The next round opens on 14 May until 1 July, with decisions in December.

Are you looking for:

  • help with your community climate action group or project?
  • help with funding for your climate action project?
  • information about how to take action on climate change?
  • inspiration about the range of ways that you can help your community incorporate positive steps for the climate into their everyday activities.

NESCAN Hub is here to help.
Find out about becoming a member here or get in touch: info@nescan.org