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Spirit of Caithness A Fourteen Community

8th September 2015

Spirit of Caithness is part of Spirit of 2012's Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit's investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Spirit of Caithness is the local name for the Fourteen programme in Caithness.

The programme will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017.

A Panel of local people has been established to oversee the distribution of the Spirit of Caithness resource budget which will be informed by the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people in Caithness. Over time this Panel may change so we will always need a pool of community members interested in volunteering for Spirit of Caithness. New Panel members, and additional volunteers will always be welcome.

As a way of celebrating this resource budget coming to the community, Spirit of Caithness is launching On Your Marks! and Sparks! These are the Spirit of Caithness first open grant-making programmes.

On Your Marks! is open until 30th September 2015. Grants of £250 - £1000 are available. You are eligible to apply if you are a community organisation keen to run a project or activity during the autumn and winter that is in keeping with the spirit of the programme.

Sparks! is designed to release small amounts of funding into communities by supporting individuals or groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members.

Individuals can apply for a Spark Grant of up to £250. Informal groups can apply for a Spark Grant of up to £500. Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks. Sparks! is also open until 30th September 2015.

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