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Caithness Voluntary Group Funding Update August 2020

12th August 2020

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. The closing date to submit an expression of interest is 28th August. For all details go to

Crown Estate - Sustainable Communities Fund

 Sustainable Communities Fund has been created to support local regeneration and sustainable development. The Fund comprises two grant programmes - Community Capacity Grants and Environment Grants.  Up to £750,000 will be made available over three years. The fund is open to all communities up to five miles from Scotland's coastline and within five miles of our rural estates.

They are looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will :

Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible and beneficial to the community

Help create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits

In the first year, a total of £150,000 of funding will be available for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. Applications are being managed by Foundation Scotland. Deadline: 12th October 2020

Beatrice Community Fund is still open for Business

You still have until 21st August to get your application submitted. The community fund can support projects which:

Encourage community activity and promote community spirit

Ensure adequate access to services for all community members including those with disabilities

Improve local infrastructure and connectivityRespons and Recpvery Fund

Build the local economy including opportunities for apprenticeships and training

Build community capacity and cohesion between groups

Develop or maintain community assets

Heritage, Culture and Arts

Health and Wellbeing, including sports

Projects in the following community council areas can apply:

Sinclair's Bay


Tannach and District

Latheron, Lybster and Clyth

Berriedale and Dunbeath

The Fore RAFT Transition fund is the second funding phase of RAFT. As lock-down restrictions are eased, the transition fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help high-impact small charities and social enterprises recover from the crisis, move toward becoming sustainable, and adjust to the post-coronavirus world.

FUND AWARD SIZES, Maximum: £15,000


Provides funding to any small charity or social enterprise in the UK with annual income of less than £500,000. The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.

Maximum annual income: £500,000


To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, therefore please register early. The link to register will appear on the website when the fund opens.

Registration for The Fore RAFT Transition Fund will open at 10am on Monday 20th July. You should apply as soon as possible.


Response and Recovery Fund

The focus of Recovery funding is to provide the following:

Support for the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained

Support to groups and activities supporting vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc.)

Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger

Support to aid community response coordination

Support for volunteer costs for new and existing organisations

Additional costs to support a move to remote working and adapting services delivered in the wider community

Additional financial support as required for organisations providing emotional support, mental health and wellbeing and bereavement support

 Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available.,-recovery-resilience-fund/

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

Foyle Foundation grants of up to £10,000 are available to smaller charities registered and operating in the UK for projects that will make a significant impact on their work. Priority will be given to charities that are working at grass roots and local community level. Eligible organisations must be able to show how a grant will make a significant difference to their current work and must illustrate ongoing financial viability over the twelve months from the date of their application. Deadline: Ongoing

Hedley Foundation

Hedley Foundation grants up to £5,000 are available for small UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education of young people. Deadline: Ongoing

Robert McAlpine Foundation

Robert McAlpine Foundation grants up to £10,000 for registered charities undertaking projects for the benefit of children, youth, the elderly, social and medical research. Deadline: Ongoing

Highland Council Grant

Supporting community resilience, this fund is to support COVID-19 related community resilience efforts where a group has identified an ability to provide an essential service to vulnerable people locally. The focus is on COVID-19 related community activity, and must be on supporting emergency food, supplies and vulnerable individuals. Groups can apply for up to £500 at any one time. They can also reapply once initial funding is spent.

Caithness Voluntary Group is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland no SC150015, recognised as a charity in Scotland no SC002484, registered office Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick, Caithness KW1 5ES.


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