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KDP held our delayed 2020 AGM on 24th March 2021. Many thanks to those of you who were able to make it, however for those of you who couldn't we thought you would be interested in the update which can be found here

Last month, funding worth a total of £24,332.59 was awarded to a range of local groups and projects in the area of benefit of the Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund.

RES, a leading independent renewable energy developer, established the Meikle Carewe Windfarm Community Benefit Fund to support local groups and projects. Funding is available for the benefit of not-for-profit groups and organisations in the Community Council areas of Crathes, Drumoak & Durris, Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore, North Kincardine Rural, Portlethen & District and Stonehaven & District.  Administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), applications to the fund are assessed by a Decision-Making Panel made up of representatives from all five Community Council areas.  The fund is available annually for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Successful applicants this round were:

Crathes Public Hall Trust - £464.51; Skateraw Hall - £2000; Maryculter Driving for the Disabled Group – £1400; Maryculter Woodlands Trust - £1118; Portlethen & District Voluntary Community Ambulance Association - £500; Panthers Basketball Club - £2480; Portlethen Paths Development Group - £2505.98; Rhythm Nation Dance Crews - £2750.47; Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool - £2095.02; Stonehaven Community Radio - £5000; 1297 Stonehaven Squadron Air Cadets - £1595.88; Stonehaven Horizon Group - £1635 and The Bellman - £787.73.  Unfortunately, this year there was no Awards Ceremony due to current restrictions.

As a result of Covid, the Meikle Carewe Community Fund did not allocate grants in 2020.  Instead, the fund is allocating twice in 2021.  It will reopen on 1st July, with a closing date of 30th September, when the second allocation of funding will take place. 

For more information please visit, or contact the KDP office on 07903 156864 and

The Hillhead of Auquhirie Windfarm Community Fund opens for applications on 1 April 2021.  

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

Fern Community Fund, the energy company who maintains the Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm fund, sees £12,523 per year available to support local community projects during the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm. 

The fund is open for applications from 1 April 2021 until 30 June 2021.  A panel made up of representatives from the community council areas along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) will then meet to consider applications.

Since March 2020 our local communities have been providing vital support for the vulnerable, isolated and those in need. The response has been incredible, from the initial "all hands to the pumps" to the continued and ongoing support that community groups of volunteers have maintained throughout the remainder of 2020.

As 2021 has seen us experiencing tighter restrictions once again we wanted to remind you of the amazing work and support still being provided for your communities.

We have updated the interactive map to ensure easy access to help and support provided in your local area.

You can access the updated Map here

As the countdown to Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week continues we are keen for Third Sector Organisations to engage with this week promoting the value of the Third Sector.
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group are delighted to be hosting the first Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week, 16th-20th November 2020.
We are still eager to receive content so if you have any film footage, presentations or other online features we can include during Third Sector Week, we would really like to hear from you by 29th October 2020
You can also get involved using your own social media channels and website to share your organisation's images and stories, using the hashtags below.
For more information and the ATSW promotional Toolkit, please see the attached Guide or contact Jacky Niven at
More information about the event can be found here:
Let's celebrate the great work of the Third Sector across Aberdeenshire!

#ATSW #ATSW2020 #ThirdSectorWeek #ThirdSector #Aberdeenshire"

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