KDP Updates

Mearns Old Community Centre – Surplus Furniture. Attached is a list of used office furniture available for uplift from Laurencekirk. Items need to be removed by 31/12/2017 and the recipients will be responsible for any collection/courier charges. For further information or to arrange access, please contact Barry McGillivray on 01467 539406 or 07876 392217 in the first instance. Please note that priority may be given to Aberdeenshire Council services and departments.

Branching Out. Further to the recent Bulletin, if you are interested in the Branching Out project and would like to find out more, please contact the programme Leaders, Julia Mackay (01330 811576) or Jill Birch on birch.jilly@gmail.com. They would be keen to hear from anyone working in mental health support in the area and/or community activity leaders who might be interested in partnership working. There is a ‘Raising Awareness’ event on 1 December as previously indicated. Booking for this is essential.

Paths for All Active Travel Grants. The grant can be used for a number of things, but must make it easier for people to walk and cycle when making short everyday journeys. Priority will be given to projects that improve paths so it’s easier for people to use them and be more physically active, show people where active travel routes are, and provide opportunities and encourage people in communities to work together. The grant will fund active travel routes to schools, to places of work, other popular places within towns and routes that help connect communities. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2018. https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/pfa/support/community-path-grants.html

Support for Small Businesses in Their First Stage of Growth. The First Employee Grant Scheme, which offers £1,000 to businesses taking on their first employee and aims to help employers through the recruitment process, is now open to applications. If a business qualifies for support it receives £500 when it takes on a new employee and £500 after six months if the post is still filled. For more information on the First Employee Grant Scheme or help available under the SAB project please contact the Business Gateway Manager on (01467 534304), or email: econdev@aberdeenshire.gov.uk More information is also available online: http://bit.ly/2gknBu1

Grow Wild Community Project Funding 2018. Have you got an exciting idea for a project that brings people together through activities that help connect their community and celebrate UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi? Awards of £2000 or £4000 are available for groups to transform their space and deliver new and creative projects. Visit https://www.growwilduk.com/project-funding for more information on how to apply, or email Stephanie Baine at scotland@growwilduk.com if you have any questions. Applications need to be in by 15 January 2018.

The Local Film Festival Challenge Fund. This fund will offer one-off grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for activity to take place in the first quarter of 2018. Awards are intended to help with developing the concept of, building interest for, or planning the format of, a new local film festival, anywhere in Scotland. The funding scheme is open to properly constituted organisations (not individuals). The film festival must take place in areas prioritised by Regional Screen Scotland, namely areas of cinema under-provision within Scotland. The deadline is 12.00 on Monday 11th December. Visit http://regionalscreenscotland.org/announcing-the-local-film-festival-challenge-fund/

Community Food and Health Scotland Capacity Building Fund. This fund is for groups and organisations that are already running food and health activities in low-income areas in Scotland that want to develop and strengthen their organisations. It offers up to £500 per group and the fund closes on 8 December. The money has to be spent by the end of March 2018. Projects should aim to build the knowledge, skills and expertise of volunteers, staff or management committee or board members, and demonstrate how this will make a positive difference to food and health activities. https://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk/funding/

Introduction to Coaching Skills. The Social Enterprise Academy is offering a two-day Introduction to Coaching Skills programme in Inverurie which is taking place on January 23rd and 24th. This very practical programme develops skills and confidence in coaching, using the GROW model. https://www.socialenterprise.academy/scot/whats-on/coaching-skills-389