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24th April 2019

Applications for the NHS Highland Third Sector Funding have just opened.
NHS Highland believes that a thriving third sector is a real asset to the Highlands. By way of commitment to this, it has created a new application process for the funding of third sector providers delivering services to adults aged 18, living in Highland.
This new process will be open to third sector providers that deliver activities/services aligned to NHS Highland's strategic and mission-critical objectives as detailed below, and can demonstrate measurable value and positive impact to the lives of people living in Highland:
Keeping people out of hospital
Expediting their return home
Helping to keep people living independently at home for as long as possible
A single application process opened April 8th and will close on May 15th 2019, with funding available for the following periods:
October 1st 2019 -March 31st 2020, up to a maximum of £25,000
April 2020 1st –March 31st 2021, up to a maximum of £49,999

Caithness Beatrice Community Fund
Local projects in the following five community council areas in Caithness can apply to the Beatrice Community Fund: 
Sinclair’s Bay
Tannach and District
Latheron, Lybster and Clyth
Berridale and Dunbeath
Grants are available between £251 and £10,000 (main grants) and strategic grants between £10,000 and £20,000. The next closing date is April 12th.
You can apply if you are:
A legally constituted group
A non-profit organisation
A registered charity
Grants can be used for community-focused or charitable activities which encourage community activity and promote community spirit. For more information go to

Tackling alcohol-related harm
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund Tackling Alcohol Related Harm is provided by Scotch Whisky as part of its commitment to promoting responsible attitudes to alcohol and tackling alcohol-related harm. Foundation Scotland administers the fund on behalf of Scotch Whisky.
The fund aims to invest in not-for-profit and statutory organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities by funding new/innovative or pilot initiatives that aim to test new approaches and will offer an opportunity for learning that others can use.
There is now only one funding stream available under the scheme. Awards of up to £25,000 for a one-year period can be made through the fund. Projects which secure funding and can demonstrate an impact can receive further funding of up to £25,000 a year (up to a maximum of three years) to support their initiative.
The deadline is July 18th 2019

Holiday grants for disadvantaged and disabled children
Schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities have until April 30th to apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 from the Henry Smith Charity to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of children (aged 13 or under) experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities. Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20 per cent most deprived areas in the UK. The grants can cover up to two thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days.

Free trees for community groups and schools
Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, Scouts and Guides are among the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. Applications may be submitted at any time:

Pupil Equity Fund
A Scottish Government fund which aims to boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils in 183 schools across Highland Council's region is still open. The Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) is being provided as part of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund which will be invested over the current parliamentary term (2016 to 2021). PEF is allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty-related attainment gap.
The purpose of PEF is to close the poverty-related attainment gap by improving the educational outcomes of children affected by poverty. In Highland, third sector organisations can register to become a provider to schools of services that meet the needs identified. Schools should identify the issue to be addressed, and the target group (or groups) of pupils most in need of additional support, based on an analysis of local evidence and data.
If you would like more information or would like to apply to be included in the list of PEF providers, email


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