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Top tips for Highland consumers to keep food fresher for longer
The Highland Council is working alongside Zero Waste Scotland to help raise awareness of the benefits of food packaging and show consumers how packaging and labels can help them waste less and save more.  The average household can save £430 a year, or £35 a month simply by making the most of the food we buy.  
Funding Opportunity - Peope's Postcode Small Grants
PEOPLE'S POSTCODE TRUST SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME The People''s Postcode Trust has announced its Small Grants Programme is now closed and will re-open for applications on the 7th April 2013.   Through its small grants programme, the People''s Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection.  
Calling all dog owners – get your dog a good name!
As spring approaches, dog owners are being encouraged to pick up after their dog when out and about.   The latest national radio campaign from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) begins this week, focussing on the issues surrounding dog waste, as part of ongoing work to publicise access rights and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.  
Funding Opportunity - Young People
THE BENJAMIN GAUTREY FOUNDATION The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation aims to help young people (under the age of 21 years).  The Trustees have four priorities:- supporting young people to enjoy sport in their free-time, whatever their background; support to young people to allow them to participate safely in sport; the provision of safety, protection and medical assistance of participants, officials and spectators at Motorcycle Sports Events in the UK and University Scholarships to students who wish to further their careers within the railway industry in conjunction with Network Rail and Keltbray.  
Funding Opportunity - Artists Project Earth Grant
ARTISTS PROJECT EARTH (APE) Application Deadline: 31 March 2013 The Artists Project Earth Grant is provided and administered by The Artists Project Earth (APE) and is available for TSOs active in the UK.   The scheme is intended to support charitable originations undertaking projects and awareness raising initiatives to combat climate change and raise funds for natural disaster relief.  
Funding Opportunity - Peoples Millions
PEOPLES MILLIONS From March 13th groups across Scotland have the chance to win £50k to make a difference in their communities and turn dreams into reality as The People's Millions launches for 2013.   The Peoples Millions is an annual TV competition run by Big Lottery Fund and STV which funds community projects which will improve the lives of local people.  
Funding Opportunity - Carnegie Challenge Fund
CARNEGIE CHALLENGE FUND MThe Carnegie UK Trust has announced the launch of its Carnegie Challenge Fund.  The Carnegie Challenge is a fund to enable not-for-profit organisations to put on a high calibre debate to raise the profile and impact of a conference or event which they are organising.  
Volunteers get to work planting for the futureThumbnail for article : Volunteers get to work planting for the future
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers met last Sunday (10th March 2013) to help plant trees and wild flowers at the ‘Planting for the Future’ site at Ormlie, Thurso.   The volunteers planted a range of broadleaf trees including rowan and beech and planted wildflowers such as fox glove and cowslip to help provide useful habitat to wildlife at the site.  
Do You Need Some Financial Help For Educational Purposes And Live in Caithness?
If you live in Caithness small grants are available for wide range or educational purposes and course.   Check it out.  
Scottish sharks to be tracked for a second year
Scientists are to extend a popular basking shark tracking project for another year, it was announced today.   For the last seven months the public have been able to follow the progress of eight of the giant sharks online, after they were tagged off the west coast of Scotland in July last year.  
SNH’s ‘natural knowhow’ delivers fun factsThumbnail for article : SNH’s ‘natural knowhow’ delivers fun facts
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is stockpiling a long list of odd and fascinating facts about nature and then sharing them through social media.   The idea is part of the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland celebrations The facts include the oldest tree in Scotland, the mammal that eats 3000 midges a night, the plant only found in Scotland, and evidence of the largest meteor to hit Britain.  
Wild Skies Weekend 15th - 16th MarchThumbnail for article : Wild Skies Weekend 15th  - 16th March
"In mid March Caithness Astronomy Group have a weekend of free events planned for skywatchers in the far North of Scotland.  The highlights include two public talks by Professor Andy Lawrence of Edinburgh University and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, and the chance to view a comet in the twilight sky after sunset.  
New Playpark at KeissThumbnail for article : New Playpark at Keiss
The new playpark at Keiss opened recently after lots of fund raising and grant applications by a local committee.   the new area has plenty to keep the kids occupied and the area has been generously covered in safety matting with grass growing through it to make for softer landings after slips and falls..  
Whale and Dolphin Shorewatch - Join InThumbnail for article : Whale and Dolphin Shorewatch - Join In
You can help with the whale and dolphin watch by going to the training course on 24th March..  
Caithness Science Festival 2013 - ProgrammeThumbnail for article : Caithness Science Festival 2013 - Programme
A wide range of events are being staged for the Caithness International Science Festival 2013..  
Wacky Woolly Wednesday - Pennyland SchoolThumbnail for article : Wacky Woolly Wednesday - Pennyland School
Many schools across the Highland region took part in Wacky Woolly Wednesday to highlight climate change.  Schools were turning down the heat slightly and children wore wacky Woollies to keep warm.  
Caithness Science Festival 2013Thumbnail for article : Caithness Science Festival 2013
A science quiz is currently running in Wick Library.   Entry forms are available from the Festival display in the lobby and the first correct entry drawn from the box will win a copy of The Ultimate Bookof Science; An "Art of Science" project is running at the St Fergus Gallery.  
Caithness Heart Support Group Donates Digital ScalesThumbnail for article : Caithness Heart Support Group Donates Digital Scales
CAITHNESS Heart Support Group secretary, Marjorie Donaldson checks out the digital scales before they were handed over to the Pearson Practice at Wick medical centre.   The scales were the latest item to be funded by the group which also handed over a blood pressure monitor.  
Communities and Families FundThumbnail for article : Communities and Families Fund
Up to £10,000 available for groups working in your community.   If you need funding to help give families and children the best start in life then it’s easier than you think! What is it? The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland.  
New Opportunities for SVQ Qualifications In Wick
Pulteneytown People’s Project are offering a unique opportunity for people who would like to train to work in the following fields; Childcare Health and Social Care Business Administration PPP have secured funding from the Highland Councils Deprived Area Fund to deliver Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s).  These opportunities are open to anyone over the age of 16 whether they are employed or unemployed.