KDP Bulletin – 16 May 2024

May 21, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

KDP is delighted to announce that our AGM will be held on Thursday, 20th of June, between 2pm and 4pm at the Bettridge Centre in Newtonhill.
A representative from The National Lottery will be joining us, so if your group is looking for funding this is an event not to be missed.
Keep an eye on our social media, as well as your inbox, for your invitation.

The Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund supports projects in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire contributing towards a climate smart future.
The overall purpose of the fund is to support charitable activity that addresses at least three of the following criteria:

  • contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core
  • invest in community facilities and activities that are fit for the future and are environmentally sustainable, especially community spaces and transport
  • support creative solutions
  • ensure a legacy and lasting impact, which clearly brings benefit to the local community

Small grants are available up to £2,500 and large grants from £2,501 to £20,000 for a single year, with the possibility of awards of up to £40,000 for projects running across two years or more.
The next deadline is 8th July.
Find out more here.

As part of the Grampian Wellbeing Festival, a Community Event is being held at Inverbervie Sports Centre on Thursday 30th May, from 2pm to 5pm.
The event is FREE, and they want to bring the community together to share local information and support their wellbeing.
There will be various stalls promoting what is going on in Inverbervie, a Bookbug session from 2pm to 2.30pm and you can also join a 30-minute Health Walk from 3pm being led by Live Life Aberdeenshire.
See this poster for more information.
To find out more about the Grampian Wellbeing Festival click here.

The Corra Foundation has announced that it will be launching a new fund to support the human rights sector in Scotland. The Independent Human Rights Fund for Scotland will focus on people whose rights are most at risk, such as those facing issues around poverty, housing, education, health, racism, and disability.
The fund will open to applications in June 2024, and you can sign up to Corra’s funding bulletin to receive an update on when the fund opens. They expect to close for applications in September 2024 and let all applicants know the outcome of their application by December 2024.

The ‘Platinum Jubilee Coastal Path’, as a legacy tribute to her late Majesty, is the provisional name for a coastal path along the entire coastline of Aberdeenshire.
The Tangleha Artists Collective has been tasked with the development of a coastal path from the River North Esk to the southern edge of Aberdeen City limits at Cove.
In time, it is envisaged that this ‘Kincardineshire’ section will join up with paths around the City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.
Here are the quarterly updates from MerCHaT and the Platinum Jubilee Coastal Path.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund helps registered UK charities and community groups close to branches build stronger communities across the UK. They have two programmes:

  • Cost of Living Support: available to organisations whose work directly supports those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
  • Our Communities Support: available to organisations who provide services widely accessible to those within our local communities, addressing the needs of those living within them.

Grants are available up to £2500, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Find out more on their website.

The Council Plan is a strategic document setting out how Aberdeenshire Council will meet the communities’ needs and expectations over the next few years. The Plan is informed by data – looking at how communities are likely to change (a significant growth in people of pensionable age, with reductions in children and people of working age) in the context of ongoing financial challenges.
They would value your views on the actions that they have identified as important for Aberdeenshire residents.
The Plan is based on outcomes that they want to achieve for Aberdeenshire, focusing on improving wellbeing of Aberdeenshire residents and making the region a more sustainable and better place to live in, work and visit.
Please let them know your views by completing the short survey that will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.


The Historic Environment Grants Programme can support a wide range of projects which clearly relate to and will benefit Scotland’s historic environment.  They will be running an online information session on Thursday 6 June 2024 from 11am to 12 noon to talk about the programme and application process, and answer questions. Email grants@hes.scot with your name and organisation to book a space.
Visit their website to find out more about this Express, Small and Large grants.


The Essentia Foundation is looking to provide financial support to charities and community groups that will help achieve the following objectives:

  • Improved health and social welfare of children and young people up to the age of 25 years old.
  • Increased opportunities for training, enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities, and supporting young people up to the age of 25 years old to move towards employment

This round of funding is aimed at supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland. Grants are to be spent over a period of three years.
The next deadline is 24th June.
Find out more here.