KDP Bulletin – 15 April 2024

Apr 15, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

Plastic Free Stonehaven is a Community Group working to achieve ‘plastic free’ status from Surfers against Sewage.

Since February 2023, the group has organised monthly community beach cleans, with the environmental charity for dog owners, Paws on Plastic.  The cleans have had fantastic support from the Stonehaven community, attracting 40+ volunteers every month, including a great number of families with young children.  A Reward Card for young volunteers was started in January to encourage and reward participants.

During 10 beach cleans in 2023, 261.4kgs of waste was removed with a total of 258 volunteer hours while, due to the storms, already by the end of March 2024, 3 cleans had removed 294.5kgs!

They have had amazing support from Stonehaven businesses, with Godsman Graphics becoming their first fully certified Plastic Free Business in March 2024, closely followed by Lou Sells Preloved Labels.

They have another 10 local independent businesses committed to reducing single use plastics soon to achieve accreditation.

Plastic Free Stonehaven would love to hear from other businesses keen to sign up, as well as organisations such as schools, churches, sports and special interest groups who would like to help spread their message.  To get involved contact the organisers, Marion Montgomery, Councillor Sarah Dickinson and Fiona Bashford, at plasticfreestonehaven@gmail.com.

The Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm Community Fund is open until 30th June 2024.  This year, there is £14,243.39 to be awarded.
Applications to the fund can be made from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of:

  • Arbuthnott
  • Catterline, Kinneff & Dunnottar
  • Mearns
  • Stonehaven & District

Please note the maximum grant award is £1500.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, contact Margo at margo@kdp.scot.
Click here for the application form and guidelines.

Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts and guides from across the UK are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment.
Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood, wildlife, and urban trees.
The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2024. Applications are expected to close in August 2024, or sooner depending on stock availability.
Visit their website for more information.

Voluntary sector organisations in the UK working on the front lines of family support can apply for grants of £10,000-£100,000 for a period of one to three years.
These funds, made available through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, can be used for core costs, salaries, running expenses, and project costs.
Focus areas include family support in deprived communities, with particular interest in:

  • early intervention programmes
  • families coping with addiction
  • and assistance for prisoners’ families

There is a two-stage application process. First step is to complete the online Expression of Interest (EOI) form.  Organisations successful at this stage will be sent the online link for the full application form.
For a complete programme guide and application details, visit the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation website.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours and communities, with millions of people coming together for a few hours of friendship, food and fun. It connects people and encourages friendlier, safer communities where people start to share more – conversations, ideas, skills, resources and friendship.
The Big Lunch 2024 will take place on 1 – 2 June.
To find out more and sign up for a free pack to get your Big Lunch rolling visit the website!

The FCC Scottish Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to not-for-profit organisations for the following types of projects eligible under Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).

  • Land Reclamation (Object A) – The reclamation, remediation, restoration or other operation on land to facilitate economic, social or environmental use.
  • Community Recycling (Object B) – Community based recycling, re-use and waste prevention projects.
  • Public Amenities and Parks (Object C) – To provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity.
  • Biodiversity (Object D) – The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat.
  • Historic Buildings (Object E) – The maintenance, repair or restoration of a building, other structure or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public.

The next round closes on 5th June.
Visit the website for more information.

The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust gives grants to registered charities that work in the UK. They focus on specific priorities every year.
In 2024 rounds 1 and 2 will consider applications that focus on projects that support and improve employment and training for disabled people.  Round 2 will close on 30th April.
Rounds 3 (1st – 31st July) and 4 (1st – 30th September) they will consider applications that focus on:

  • providing nutritious meals
  • food education
  • cooking skills
  • eliminating food waste

To learn more about the Trust and the application process visit their website.

Warmer Homes Scotland is a Scottish Government funded programme designed to help people in Scotland make their homes warmer and more comfortable. The programme covers a wide range of energy-efficient improvements like wall and loft insulation, draught-proofing, central heating, and renewables. Householders could get help worth up to around £10,000 or more.
Home Energy Scotland would be grateful if you could help them reach more households across Scotland by sharing information about Warmer Homes Scotland – for example, on your website or on social media.
To make it easier to spread the word, they’ve put together a handy stakeholder pack containing:

  • more information on Warmer Homes Scotland
  • posts to share on your social media channels
  • a newsletter and website article
  • downloadable graphics to accompany your posts.

If you have any questions, please email them at whs@est.org.uk


In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced a new funding programme. The Energise Programme will offer two-year unrestricted grants of £20,000 (£10,000 per annum) to help small and local charities continue to provide their vital services, and become more sustainable. The funding can be used towards core costs, delivery costs, project costs and/or general running costs, enabling charities to use their funding in the most effective way. The programme will open to applications from charities with an annual income of less than £150,000 on the 28th May 2024. The closing date for applications will be the 6th June 2024.
Learn more here.

Join the Trussell Trust, and their partners across Scotland, on a journey as they explore how we can move towards a vision of a Scotland without the need for food banks in a new podcast series.
In the first episode of the Cash First Approaches podcast, Sarah Russell from Perth Citizens Advice Bureau joins the Trussell Trust’s Angelle McCluskey to discuss how they’re creating a ‘no wrong door’ approach to advice in Perth and Kinross.
You can subscribe, download, and rate and review the podcast on your podcast app by searching Cash First Approaches or by clicking here.

The Climate Engagement Fund aims to build understanding of the climate emergency across communities in Scotland, both geographic and communities of interest, by offering support for climate engagement activities.
The CEF can be used to engage people and deepen their understanding of the climate emergency and the action that society needs to take to reach net zero, thus delivering on the ‘understand’ objective of the Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change.
Examples of activities that can be funded include:

  • public events/lectures
  • climate festivals
  • climate conversations
  • learning and development (e.g. carbon/climate training, climate coaching)
  • skills workshops
  • exhibitions/art installations
  • participatory arts
  • youth development programmes
  • staff costs linked to delivery of the project

Bids can include new activity or uplifts to existing activity (one-off or ongoing).
Eligible applicant organisations must be ‘trusted messengers’. A trusted messenger has existing links to their audiences and includes community or voluntary groups, education institutions, culture institutions, faith groups and more. Please see the fund website for full details.
Applications close on 7 May 2024.
Visit the Scottish Government website for more information.