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Grant Body Awards £118K in Latest Round!

16th June 2013

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The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund recently held its 6th grant assessment round awarding £118K to seven community and voluntary groups for projects that will benefit people living in the Caithness & North Sutherland area.

This latest round of awards brings the Fundís total funding commitment to over £648K, of which forty seven voluntary and community groups have benefited. Fund Chairman John Henderson stated ďWe are extremely pleased to see that the Fund continues to attract a steady flow of applications and that we have been able to support a wide range of projects assisting the community to play a major role in achieving improvements for our areaĒ.

The grant body which is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority currently assesses applications quarterly and the closing date for the next assessment round is the 26th July. The Fundís aims are; to increase the attractiveness of Caithness & North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest with particular emphasis on achieving environment, social, culture and infrastructure improvements.

Further details about the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund can be found at or by contacting Fund Coordinator David Shearer on enquiries[AT] Tel: 07841 204 982.

Awarded Projects
Watten Improvements Group - Watten Play Area Refurbishment Project £20,000.00
Towards refurbishment of the Watten Playpark area by replacing its current old equipment with a range of new stimulating play equipment and safety surface.

1st Thurso Boys' Brigade - Brigade Hall Refurbishment Project £19,000.00
Towards refurbishment of the Sir William Smith Memorial Hall situated at Couper Square, Thurso.

Advocacy Highland - Caithness Advocate Project £17,140.85
Towards a two year project to provide a part-time paid advocate based in Caithness by identifying and training an appropriate paid advocate to promote the service within the Caithness community.

Caithness Agricultural Society - New Portable Toilets & Sheep Gates Project £5,347.20
Towards purchase costs of Ten Portable Toilets and one Disabled/Baby Changing Toilet Unit and purchase costs of x30 Replacement Sheep Gates to be used for Caithness County Show and other agriculture shows.

Lyth Arts Centre - Lyth Residencies Development Project £30,000.00
Towards a three year development project by creating a dedicated post of Residencies Development Officer which will develop and create multiple opportunities for local people to attend workshops and short courses led by professional artists, musicians and theatre companies.

Caithness Horizons - Year of Ancient Ancestors Festival 2014 £10,000.00
Towards the ďYear of Ancient AncestorsĒ festival which is a new year-long programme developed to interpret the Museumís Collection of Pictish, Viking and Late Norse material and to celebrate and promote the unique Pictish and Norse heritage of Caithness.

Friends of Newton Hill Woodland - Derelict Crofthouse to Community Shelter Conversion Project £16,500.00 Towards conversion of a derelict croft house situated at Newton Hill Woodland into a Community Cottage Shelter facility that will provide comfortable shelter/toilets/kitchenette facilities to users of the community woodland.

Total £117,988.05

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