KDP Bulletin – 3 June 2024

Jun 3, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.


Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.

The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year, and is a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

From open days to celebration events, every year hundreds of online and in-person activities take place across the UK to mark Volunteers’ Week and celebrate volunteers.

This year Volunteers’ Week will culminate in The Big Help Out, from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, where people across the UK will get the chance to experience a range of volunteer taster sessions.

To find out what’s happening near you, take a look at the website.

And finally, an ENORMOUS thank you to all the amazing volunteers within Kincardine & Mearns

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee has budget available for projects within the area that respond to local needs. The budget can be used to ‘top up’ other funding sources in cases where otherwise there would be inadequate funding to allow something to happen. You will need to prove that a funding package is being assembled and can’t be met from normal budgets.

The fund will close on 28th February 2025.

The maximum payment for any one project or initiative is £6,000.

Where the funding level is over of £5,000 you may be asked to address the area committee (guidance will be given).

Find out more and apply here.

Just in case you missed the exciting news, KDP has been delighted to launch our new website.

With a host of information on a wide range of subjects, we hope it will become the go-to location for everything community groups and voluntary organisations in Kincardine & Mearns could need or want.

There’s a comprehensive section on funding; including links to funding search engines, national and local grant providers and all the key information on the Community Funds for local windfarms.

Our Help & Guidance section has up-to-date information on Place Planning, Community Engagement, Governance amongst other topics.  As well as an introduction to these subjects we provide lots of handy links to sites with further details and expertise.  We will continue to expand this section over time, and we’d welcome feedback on what topics would be useful.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

The Neighbourhood Ecosystem Fund is now open for applications, and it seeks to inspire, encourage, and enable communities to explore and deliver ambitious ecosystem restoration projects locally. It also seeks to raise awareness about the importance of local ecosystem restoration and address barriers faced by community-led efforts.

Community groups can apply for up to £13,500, with successful applicants receiving up to £1,500 in professional fundraising support in addition to their grant.

Your project must focus on one (or more) parts of ecosystem restoration. These are:

  • Connecting nature corridors
  • Habitat and species restoration
  • Freshwater and wetland restoration
  • Coastal and marine initiatives
  • Control of invasive non-native species impacting on nature
  • Enhancing and connecting nature within villages, towns, or cities

Visit the Inspiring Scotland website for more information.

The Robertson Trust, which supports Scottish organisations and initiatives tackling poverty and trauma, has announced details of upcoming changes to its funding programmes. These changes, taking effect in September 2024, will include adjustments to the income thresholds and maximum award sizes available through the Wee and Small Grants programmes. The maximum Wee Grant award will increase from £2,000 to £5,000, and the maximum Small Grant will increase from £15,000 to £20,000. The minimum award size for Large Grants will also increase to £20,500. Keep an eye on their website for further details will be made available in the coming months.

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

If you would like to discuss a potential application, contact Margo at margo@kdp.scot.

Visit the KDP website for the application form and guidelines.

Aberdeenshire’s Draft  Local Housing Strategy 2024-2029 is now open for consultation until the 12th July 2024.

The consultation can be found here.


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 3 and 4, the theme is food poverty.

They will consider applications that focus on:

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

Grant Round 3: 1 – 31 July – maximum award £1000

Grant Round 4: 1 – 30 September – maximum award £5000

Find out more here.

The Community Energy Generation Growth Fund is a £1.5 million grant fund to support community groups across Scotland to develop wind, solar PV, and other types of renewable energy generation projects.

To hear about fund priorities, the application process, and to ask questions, please sign up for one of the following online information events:

  • Tuesday 4 June at 5pm
  • Monday 10 June at 1pm

To sign up, email info@localenergy.scot with the date and time of the session you would like to join, and you’ll receive a Microsoft Teams meeting link.

Learn more here.