KDP Bulletin – 2 July 2024

Jul 2, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

It was lovely to see so many people at the KDP AGM last month.  Huge thanks must go to Suki from the National Lottery and Henning from Mill of Benholm Enterprise for their excellent presentations.

For those who couldn’t attend, or want a refresher on the super information shared by Suki, here is a copy of her presentation on what makes a good funding application.

To allow you to practise these new application writing skills, we have a bumper selection of funding opportunities to get your teeth into.  Hopefully there is something for everyone.


The Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund is open for applications until 30th September 2024.

The Fund is for any constituted community group, club, society, charity or other not-for-profit entity that operates and benefits residents living in the following Community Council areas (the Area of Benefit):

  • Crathes, Drumoak and Durris
  • Newtonhill, Muchalls and Cammachmore
  • North Kincardine Rural
  • Portlethen and District
  • Stonehaven and District

This year, there is £38,678.42 available in the Fund.

Visit the website for the Guidance Notes and Application Form.

For more information or assistance with completing an application, please contact margo@kdp.scot


The Weir Charitable Trust supports services and projects run by Scottish-based community groups and small charities who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding.

Grants of up to £25,000 are awarded for projects that relate to Sport; Health; Culture; Animal Welfare; or Recreational Facilities.

The next deadline to apply is 5pm on the 30th August 2024.

Find out more here.


NESCAN Hub has a small pot of funding for community climate action and biodiversity projects within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.   The Seed Fund is designed for small community projects.

Any local not-for-profit community-led organisation, with an annual income under £50,000 that is based in Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire can apply. In some cases, we can accept applications from individuals on behalf of informal groups.

Grants are a maximum of £500 per organisation to enable NESCAN Hub to fund as many organisations and projects as possible.

Grants are allocated to eligible projects on a first come first served basis while funds remain.

Visit the NESCAN Hub website to find out more and to apply.


Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to deliver projects that improve communities and the environment. The funding is made available through the SUEZ Communities Fund for projects that improve public amenities, repair religious or historic buildings, or support biodiversity in areas surrounding Suez landfill sites.

The maximum grant amount is £25,000 for projects.

Funding typically covers materials, equipment, and contractors for improvement work.

The application deadline is the 7th August 2024.

Visit the website for more information.


The Parks4Life Community Fund offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to Community and Friends groups who work to improve, promote and develop a park or greenspace across Scotland. Funding could be used to put on or expand an event to attract visitors, skills training for your volunteers or something more practical such as a small planting scheme.

Funding is available between £500 and £1500.

Applications will be assessed, and funding allocated every 2 weeks and the scheme will close once all funds have allocated or on 30 August 2024.

Find out more here.


Heart Research UK supports innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Healthy Heart Grants funding is available for new community projects working with adults, that focus on promoting healthy hearts and reducing the risk factors associated with heart diseases.

Projects must focus mainly on one or more of the following: healthy eating, physical activity, smoking and/or alcohol consumption.

The next round of funding opens on 17th July and closes on 14th August.

More here.


A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to put on remembrance events as part of this year’s To Absent Friends festival (1-7 November 2024.)

Two types of small grants (of up to £300) are available:

Community grants: These are for organisations and communities who want to plan private remembrance events at which their community can come together (in person or online) to share memories, stories and solace.

Public grants: These are for organisations who want to organise an interactive public event such as a concert, exhibition or installation, freely open to members of the public.

An informal lunchtime chat is taking place online at 1pm on 19th August for those who’d like to find out more, or chat over their ideas. Email samara@palliativecarescotland.org.uk if you are interested.

Learn more here.


Grants are available from The National Lottery Cost of Living Support Scotland for projects to help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the cost-of-living increases. They are looking to fund activity that means people:

  • have more resilience and are more able to identify ways to deal with the impact of increased cost of living in their lives
  • are able to shape activity in their community to address the increased cost-of-living
  • have more access to support and services that will help them to deal with the increased cost of living

If you’d like to apply for a grant, please contact one of the team on advicescotland@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or 0300 123 7110.

They will have an informal chat about the idea you need funding for, and can send out an application form.

Please note applications must be submitted by midday on 21 August 2024 when the Cost-of-Living Support Scotland fund will close to applications.

More information is available on the National Lottery website.


The Growing Food Together Fund aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food and promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

The main fund objectives are:

  • Increase the amount of land available for community food growing, allotments and orchards
  • Improve food growing skills and knowledge to empower communities and individuals to grow their own food

Projects that are eligible to be funded are those that support community food growing projects that have a tangible community benefit via community and voluntary organisations with growing projects.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 19 July 2024.

Visit their website to find out more.


The B&Q Foundation offers funding for registered charities who are creating or improving spaces so that more people have a place to feel at home. They focus on charities that support people who are most in need because of homelessness, financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage.

Previous projects supported have included improvements such as decorating, fixing roofs, refurbishment of garden space, upgrading key fixtures and fittings, and creating new buildings or rooms.

They award grants of up to £10,000 for building or indoor projects, and up to £5,000 for garden projects.

The next funding round is 9.30am 22 July – 6pm 9 August.

Get more information here.


The Fore Trust 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.

Registration for the Autumn 2024 round will open at 12 noon on 24 July and close at 12 noon on 31 July.

For more information and to apply click here.


The Tullo & Twinshiels Community Benefit Fund aims to support projects that make a difference to life in, and seek improvement in, the local community. They are keen to support community and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational, philanthropic or benevolent in purpose.

You do not have to be a registered charity to apply for funding, but you do have to be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits.

Projects should benefit people living in Arbuthnott; Benholm and Johnshaven; Gourdon; Inverbervie; Mearns; St Cyrus.

Visit the Mearns Area Partnership website to find out more.

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