Community Groups News
A local trust in Caithness will be taking forward ambitious ideas for Dunnet Forest, after becoming owners of the popular woodland on 25 February. The Dunnet Forestry Trust took ownership of the 105 hectare forest following completion of a community asset transfer agreement with NatureScot.
There have been a growing number of funds available to groups in Caithness in recent years with more to come as more wind farms come on stream. The problem for anyone looking for funding is where to start.
The Caithness International Science Festival has gone digital for 2021. Monday 1st March to Wednesday 31st March.
Beatrice Partnership Fund has reopened for the final time. The fund supports projects that are based in the East Coast of Caithness and Sutherland plus the following Community Council areas in Rosshire, Edderton, Tain, Inver and Tarbat.
An American millionaire Dr Betsee Pekr has donated £40,000 to Pulteney Centre after opening the doors of her private residence to producers of the Netflix hit drama The Crown. Dr Betsee Parker is an Episcopalian minister and philanthropist from Virginia, bought Ackergill Tower in early 2019 from Clarenco after it ceased trading.
Robertson Trust is now open for applications. The funds available are: Wee Grants For constituted community groups and charities with an annual income of less than £25,000 Funding of up to £2,000 for one year only Could cover revenue* or capital costs to support your work.
The Rotary Club of Thurso is sad to announce that we are unable to present a public Fireworks Display this year, due to Coronavirus. Like all other events in our calendar which have been lost to the virus, our annual Fireworks Event will be greatly missed.
HTSI are very excited to bring you a series of Monday Masterclasses, training centred around supporting community groups. Set up a new group recently? Working to support your community? Want an update on current best practice in supporting community groups? Then HTSI's FREE Monday masterclasses are for you! Julie at Caithness Voluntary Group is doing two of these classes that are open to everyone in the Highlands and are free.
Message From Alan Tait at Caithness Voluntary Group. Sadly it seems that the Covid -19 restrictions are going to be with us by the looks of it over the winter I know a lot of groups were in abeyance since March but were starting to think about getting activities going again.
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £150k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards. CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest grant investments will enable community groups to deliver a wide range of improvements to benefit people living in Caithness & North Sutherland.
The John o' Groats Brewery has provided signs to mark the start/finish of the John o' Groats Trail just outside the brewery location near the harbour in the village. The John o' Groats Trail is a charitable project to develop a coastal trail in Caithness and Sutherland with additional links in Easter Ross to connect to Inverness, allowing a continuous trail walk to or from as far away as Land's End.
Thanks to Yvonne at Caithness Voluntary Group for putting together a few funding suggestions that may be of interest to local groups. Comic Relief Changemakers Fund The themes for this Fund are, Children Survive & Thrive, Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be - Homelessness, Safe Place to Be - Migration, Global Mental Health.
Two prominent derelict buildings in Wick High Street are to be demolished following decades lying empty. Numbers 30 and 126 (known locally as Dominoes (the former cinema) and Sloans are to benefit from demolition and site clearance, before ownership is returned to the local community.
Eleven community organisations in the Highlands and Islands have been awarded a total of £1.5m to develop and deliver long-term solutions to tackle poverty based on local priorities and needs The Aspiring Communities Fund, which levers in European Social Funds, was launched by the Scottish Government in 2017 to help reduce poverty and enable inclusive growth in disadvantaged and fragile communities across Scotland. Regional development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), helped community organisations in the region to apply to this recent round of funding.
With Rainy Lockdown Days at the moment and no galas this year and with time on our hands we have put together thousands of the Wick Gala photos from 2002 to 2019 in one huge gallery for everyone to look back. You can scroll through all the years or go to the drop down menu at the bottom to jump to any one year.
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has today published the findings of research into the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's charities. On 05 May 2020, OSCR emailed the principal contacts of all Scottish charities to ask for their help with completing a short survey.
From Dunnet Forestry Trust. Exciting news - Log sales are back from this weekend 6th June 2020.
By Valerie Forsyth. Old St Peter's Church in Thurso, Caithness, is one of the town's most iconic ruins.
From Caithness Voluntary Group who have coordinated the process to get the map. Over the past 5 - 6 weeks I have been working with an absolutely tremendous group of individuals who are throughout the county working tirelessly to ensure everyone is looked after during this crises.
Caithness Health Action Team would like to give our sincere thanks to this fantastic team who have raised a significant amount for us £1,765 .This money will be used to help our community. They have cycled a distance of 874 miles equivalent of John o Groats to Lands end journey.