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Apply for a Bags of Help grant
Bags of Help is Tesco's local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.  The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces.  
Greigs Foundation - Local Community Projects Fund
The Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities.  The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Wales and Scotland.  
Trees for Schools
Tree Appeal provides trees to schools and colleges throughout the UK and Ireland.  They are paid for by our corporate sponsors so there is absolutely no charge to the schools receiving them (but you have to plant them; we don't do that!) Does your school want to plant trees linked to environmental education? To see if you can provide a good home for some trees, we need to know just a few things about your project.  
Big Lottery - Community Assets - Apply Any Time
Grants from £10,000 to £1 million to create strong and resilient communities through assets.   Through Community Assets grants, we aim to empower people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land.  
Scotlands rarest fish finds safe haven in southern lochThumbnail for article : Scotlands rarest fish finds safe haven in southern loch
A small freshwater fish, whose habitat had reduced to just two locations in England, is successfully surviving following its introduction to Loch Skeen near Moffat.   Conservation charity, The National Trust for Scotland, has been working with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and experts from the University of Glasgow to establish a thriving population of the fish in the loch, which sits in the Trust's Grey Mare's Tail nature reserve.  
Councillor calls for people to vote for Dornoch
Dornoch is the only Scottish finalist in the Great British High Street Awards and local Councillor Jim McGillivray is calling for people to cast their vote to give the Sutherland village a chance of winning.   He said: "Across all fourteen categories of the awards, Dornoch is the only Scottish finalist, and we're up against Leominister and Stockton on Tees in the Rising Star category, both of which have much larger populations than we do.  
Your Cash Your Caithness - deadline for entries approaches
Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of £30,000 forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Monday 31st October.   Caithness Members of The Highland Council have set aside £30,000.00 from their Ward Discretionary Budget to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area.  
North and West Caithness Ploughing Association 27th Annual Ploughing MatchThumbnail for article : North and West Caithness Ploughing Association 27th Annual Ploughing Match
The 27th Annual ploughing match organised by North and West Caithness Ploughing Association took place on Saturday 15th October 2016.   The days was very wet with rain have been on for several hours before the start.  
Specialist service for victims of violence
Scottish Women's Rights Centre expands to Dundee and the Highlands.   Advice and support for victims of gender based violence will be expanded after Justice Secretary Michael Matheson confirmed an extra £665,000 over two years.  
Delivering flexible childcare
FM sets out funding options for next phase of ‘childcare revolution'.   Quality, choice and flexibility will be placed at the heart of Scotland's childcare revolution under new funding proposals unveiled for consultation by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.  
Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 YearsThumbnail for article : Hi-Scot Credit Union Celebrates 10 Years
HI-Scot Credit Union celebrated its 10th Birthday on Wednesday 12 October 2016.   Since HI-Scot first opened its doors in late 2016, it has provided loan and savings products to its members.  
Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its ServiceThumbnail for article : Library In Thurso Raising Funds To Improve Its Service
Recycling Books and DVD's is to be one way local libraries can raise funds for new items.   If you would like to help and get a bargain at the same time then head to Thurso library on the day of the sale..  
Schools rise to reading challengeThumbnail for article : Schools rise to reading challenge
Children embrace love of books.   More than 1,000 schools across Scotland have signed up to an initiative to get children reading for pleasure.  
World Porridge Day
International Development Minister comments from Malawi.   Minister for International Development Dr Allan has a porridge breakfast with Mary meals staff in Malawi to mark World Porridge Day.  
World gender equality
Speed mentoring event for UN International Day of the Girl.   Gender equality is a basic right that should be recognised by communities and governments around the world 365 days of the year, Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has said on the UN International Day of the Girl.  
Thurso litter bustersThumbnail for article : Thurso litter busters
Thurso Beach in Caithness had virtually every little piece of litter removed yesterday (Wednesday 5 October 2016) thanks to the hard work of pupils from Mount Pleasant Primary School.   The Keep Scotland Beautiful registered beach clean was undertaken by the Primary 4 and 5 classes and the P4 Gaelic medium class.  
Young Mums Group - Thurso and WickThumbnail for article : Young Mums Group - Thurso and Wick
Take look at what is on offer and think about joining in..  
Highland Countryside Rangers gear up for extra events in OctoberThumbnail for article : Highland Countryside Rangers gear up for extra events in October
The Rangers are planning a series of exciting events such as guided walks and children's activities throughout the Highlands.  "There is something here for everyone" says Eilidh-Ann Phillips, Senior Ranger for South Highlands.  
Parents urged to get 2-5 year olds ready to fight fluThumbnail for article : Parents urged to get 2-5 year olds ready to fight flu
National childhood flu immunisation programme gets underway.   Parents are being encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring children aged 2 -5 get their flu vaccination.  
Sunday 2 October 2016 Walk for Highland Archaeology Festival Seeking hut circles using Li.  Dar images - Geoff Leet to lead.