KDP Bulletin – 4 April 2024

Apr 4, 2024

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

The Portlethen Moss Conservation Group, in partnership with the Kincardine & Mearns Ranger, have been very busy since the end of last year creating their community wildlife & sensory garden.

A fence, gates and a circular path have been installed, hundreds of bulbs planted and an orchard walkway. Two noticeboards, one tactile, will be installed, two benches, a picnic table with benches and an amazing story throne (donated by Dervish Carving), with three story benches next to it.

They have hundreds of wildflower plugs to plant and there will be a swathe of heathers and lavender plants. The three large planters will be filled with sensory plants and aromatic herbs. It will look fantastic once everything establishes and will be a real pollinator magnet.

Recently they were joined by the local Scout Group, planting summer bulbs, wildflower plugs and heathers.
They wish to thank Greenspace Aberdeenshire for the plants and the Rotary for crocuses. Rock Rose Energy are their main sponsor. Attached are a few photos of their progress so far.



The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds registered charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects.  They are very conscious of the work involved in applying for a grant and therefore encourage charities to consider whether their work aligns with the Trust’s priorities for the next three years before submitting an application.

Grants between £500 and £6000 are available, and the next closing date is 23rd May 2024.
To find out more and to apply visit the website.



Now in its eighth year, the new A-Z Funding Guide for Schools 2024 has been updated with the latest grant schemes available to UK Schools.

The Guide features over 275 funding schemes that support a wide range of school projects and activities.
It also offers advice and tips on how to write a winning grant application.
The Guide can be purchased for £59.99.

Click here for more information.



The Volant Small Grants programme is now open for awards of up to £5,000. The fund is prioritising the focus of its awards on charities and organisations who are particularly addressing poverty and deprivation, helping to support vulnerable groups who are most affected, with an emphasis on women, children and young people. Deadline to apply is Monday 10th June.
Apply here.



The Awareness Session for Using the “Worrying about Money?” Aberdeenshire Leaflet is open to anyone interested in developing their knowledge to support their use of the leaflet.

This could be front line teams and individuals who engage with the public and want to be able to use the leaflet well and with confidence.
The session will increase participant’s ability to:

  • have a brief conversation regarding money worries
  • signpost to local advice and support

The session will take place on Thursday 18th April 2024 at 0930-1015 via TEAMS.
Please express an interest of attendance to gram.northpublichealth@nhs.scot by Thursday 11th April 2024. A TEAMS invite will be shared prior to the session.
For any questions or further information regarding the session please don’t hesitate to contact gram.southpublichealth@nhs.scot.


In preparation for their new strategy and programmes that are due to open later in the year, the National Lottery Community Fund is closing three of their existing funds.

Community Led, Improving Lives and Cost-of-Living Support Scotland will close to applications at noon on 21 August 2024.
If you are planning to apply to one of these funds but have not yet spoken to the team at the Lottery, you should contact them at  0300 123 7110 or advicescotland@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk as soon as possible.

Young Start, National Lottery Awards for All and the Scottish Land Fund will all remain open to applications with no closing date.
For more information about the changes, visit the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland blog.



The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) 2024 Fund is now open for applications.
The aim of the fund is to sustain and improve third sector, non-clinical support for babies, parents and carers affected by, or at risk of, perinatal and infant mental health issues in Scotland.

Please read the guidance notes to find out more about the fund and check that you are eligible to apply.
Applications will close on Friday 3rd May at 12pm (noon).
Visit the website for more information.



The Scottish Government is consulting on the first national Good Food Nation Plan. They are seeking views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes, ways of measuring progress and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions.

Information on the consultation can be found here.

There are also two Consultation Workshops which you can attend to share your views:
Mon, 8th April | 18:00 National Good Food Nation Plan: Consultation Workshop 4 By Scottish Government & Nourish Scotland
Thu, 18th April | 15:00 National Good Food Nation Plan: Consultation Workshop 5 By Scottish Government & Nourish Scotland



The Community Ownership Fund will help ensure that communities can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities.

The Fund has four strategic objectives:

  • to provide targeted investment for communities to save and sustain community assets that would otherwise be lost to community use
  • to strengthen capacity and capability in communities, supporting them to shape their places and develop sustainable community businesses
  • to empower communities in left behind places to level up
  • to strengthen direct links between places across the UK and the UK government

You can submit an Expression of Interest form at any time. You must submit an EOI before a full application can be made. Once accepted, you can submit a full application during one of the bidding windows.
Round 4 is the final round of the fund. There will be two bidding windows in which applicants will be able to submit an application:

  • Round 4 Window 1: Opens 25 March 2024 and closes 10 April 2024.
  • Round 4 Window 2: Opens late May.

Next deadline: 10 Apr 2024
To learn more visit the website.



Business Gateway offers a plethora of free webinars, events and online tutorials to tackle topics from bookkeeping and finance, writing a business plan, e-commerce, social media, marketing on a budget, to video production for digital platforms and more.
Visit their website for the current schedule.



Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives. Through Improving Lives, The National Lottery aim to support activity that helps people overcome these difficulties and become more resilient.
They want to fund activity that means people:

  • are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience
  • are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs
  • have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives.

If you’d like to apply for a grant, please contact one of their team on advicescotland@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or 0300 123 7110.
They’ll have an informal chat with you 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 Improving Lives will close to applications.
Find out more here.



A range of events and resources are available to support and celebrate community growing this spring.
The Sustain website has resources for Good to Grow week, (22nd to 29th April).

Get Growing Scotland has produced Grow6 tips and ideas focused on six crops that you can grow in Scotland during the summer.
Orchard Blossom Day is officially on 29th April. Orchard Revival, the Scottish charity for orchards has information and links to useful resources for Orchard Blossom Day.