KDP are delighted to announce the launch of our first edition of Kincardine & Mearns Annual News. This is a celebration of the work of our communities across the area helping to make Kincardine and Mearns a great place to live and work! Many thanks to all the groups and organisations who contributed to the booklet and because of you it makes an interesting and inspiring read. We will be distributing copies of the booklet throughout K&M but if you are able to take some copies to hand out to your networks and communities please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at and we will get copies to you. An online version of the booklet is available below.
Did you know there is a Third Sector Strategy Group for Aberdeenshire?
KDP Chair the TSSG on behalf of the Aberdeenshire Rural Partnership Federation. The TSSG is a gateway between the Third Sector and the Local Authority with the aim of ensuring that the Third Sector form part of the discussion at the start of the development of policies which affect the Third Sector and Communities rather than merely being the consultee at the end of the process. This way there is more opportunity to co-produce these ideas. Currently, the group is a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council, The Third Sector Interface ( Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action) and the Aberdeenshire Rural Partnership Federation which has representation from all six Rural Partnerships. The group has recently produced their Strategy Document for the next three years. A copy of this can be downloaded below. For more information about Aberdeenshire's Third Sector Strategy Group please contact Jacky Niven at
Could Your Group Use £300?
Our Next Community Cash Event coming to a community near you!
Kincardineshire Development Partnership have been offering local community groups the chance of up to £300 micro grant to support their group or project since 2016. With a difference… The community decides which group or project will receive the grant.
There have been many events held across Kincardine and Mearns where local community groups are invited to come along to give a five-minute talk about their goals, what they are trying to achieve and why they need to the grant to further their idea or project. One grant is awarded to the group voted for by the guests of the evening who are members of the local community.
This exercise in real-time democracy has been a great opportunity for groups to raise an on the spot funds to support their group and the local community. In addition, it has proven to be an excellent way for groups and individual to learn about and make links with their communities, which has been a particular positive outcome of these events.
If your group or organisation could use £300 look out for news of our next event here or in our weekly Bulletin.
As you may be aware GDPR which came into effect in May 2018. Many of the principles are the same as the existing Data Protection Act, but there are a few new responsibilities community groups should probably know about! KDP is happy to continue to run some information sessions in 2019, and we are also happy to consider one-to-one support. If this is of interest to your group or organisation please contact the KDP office at
In 2015 Parliament passed the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to give new rights to community bodies and new duties to public sector authorities. Three years on we looked at Community Empowerment in Kincardine and Mearns, understand what truly empowered communities look like and further engage with the Act to ensure that our communities maximise the opportunities it should present. KDP held a day event in June 2018 for community groups to consider the wider subject of Community Empowerment and how it could align with the Act. A report detailing the findings of the event is available to download below or print copies are still available from the KDP office by emailing