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More Funding Opportunities

7th August 2019

Caithness Voluntary Group have just published the following opportunities in their latest newsletter.

Caithness and North Sutherland Fund
The CNSFund was established by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, DSRL and Dounreay Stakeholder Group to distribute a £4m funding package to community organisations for projects that will increase the attractiveness of Caithness and North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest. This £4m package is being provided by the NDA as a result of the low-level waste facility built at the Dounreay site. The NDA provided £1m at the start of construction in 2011 and the fund receives further £300,000 instalments per year from 2014 until 2023. The funding is distributed in line with the NDA's socio-economic policy for the area and it is an objective of the fund to support improvement activity that demonstrates additionality with particular emphasis on achieving environmental, social, cultural and infrastructure improvements.
The next assessment round application form closing date is Friday 27th September 2019.  Applicants should submit their enquiry form on the fund's website well in advance of the closing date to allow them sufficient time to then complete their application form.
You can apply for between £1,000 and £30,000 (requests for higher amounts may be considered in exceptional circumstances).
Who can apply
What we will and won't fund
How to apply
You can apply to Caithness and North Sutherland Fund if you are a:
Voluntary or community organisation
School parent council (not for statutory function)
Community council
Community group
Community development group
It will not fund:
Individuals and sole traders
Operations for personal benefit
Non-departmental public bodies
Government departments
Statutory bodies (for example, a local authority or health board)
Funding consultant fees
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People’s Postcode Lottery
Local charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £20,000 from a pot worth over £3m that has been raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. A wide range of community organisations, from registered charities to community groups and social enterprises, can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Applications are open until 14th August. The funding is available through three different trusts, all of which are funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
People's Postcode Trust provides funding for projects in Britain. There are two funding rounds a year during which eligible organisations can apply. Those successful at Stage 1 progress to Stage 2. If successful at Stage 2, the organisation will receive the total funds requested in their application. To find out more go to

Village hall grants
The Highland Council Village Hall Grant Scheme aims to encourage community use of village halls. The maximum grant is £500 per year. Halls are able to apply for up to 20 per cent of their running costs.
To be eligible halls must be independently owned or leased on a secure, long-term basis.
Applicants must be constituted, non-profit-making organisation
The facilities must be available within reason to members of the community
Halls must be run by elected members of the community.
To find out more go to:

Charity Digital Exchange 
Charity Digital Exchange (formerly CTXchange) is a tech donation programme from Charity Digital in partnership with the not-for-profit technology capacity building organisation TechSoup.
Through the programme, eligible UK-based charities are able to request donated technology products from partners such as Adobe, Cisco and Microsoft. To access donations, charities must pay an administrative fee per product to cover the costs of delivering the programme. Whilst the administrative fees vary, charities will still make savings of up to 96 per cent on typical retail prices.
Charities have access to a wide array of educational resources through the Charity Digital Exchange programme, which helps them best choose, implement and use the available technology.
TechSoup works in partnership with an international network of NGOs to administer a global technology donation programme.
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