Small Grants to improve the environment

*NEW FUND* LTL – Nature Grant (deadline 15 September 2017)

The Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme is funded through the Postcode Local Trust and allows schools in England, Scotland & Wales to apply for £500 worth of outdoor resources, and a two hour training session. The scheme is looking for schools whose learners are aged 5+ and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community and who will make great use of the equipment and training supplied by this programme.

Funding to support Volunteers

Voluntary Action Fund – Volunteering Support Grant (deadline 14 July 2017)

Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized organisations to support volunteers. The Volunteering Support Fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers and improve how volunteers are supported in their role. Applications should contribute towards the following outcomes: increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include those who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering; improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. 

The Highland LEADER Programme has funding available in Caithness

The Highland LEADER Programme has funding available in Caithness. Funding of over £6.6m is available for projects which will benefit communities across the Highlands.  

If you have an idea for a LEADER project you can complete an Expression of Interest form on the Scottish Rural Network website.  The submission of an Expression of Interest is the first formal step in applying for LEADER funding.  If you have already submitted an Expression of Interest, a member of the Highland LEADER team will be in touch with you within the next few weeks to discuss your project. To find out more information and see a copy of the Caithness plan go to 

Contact details for Caithness is Paula Betts – Development Officer (Tuesday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.00pm/Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm)
(Caithness and Sutherland)
The Highland Council, Development & Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX, Tel – 01463 702275 or 07827 281469
Email – 

Pentland Energy Advice

Free draught proofing and energy advice service is available to anyone in Caithness whom is:

  • In receipt of unemployment benefits
  • Retired/pensioner
  • A carer
  • Has a support worker
  • On a low income
  • In fuel poverty
  • Living with a disability

A fully qualified, disclosed Energy Advisor will undertake an assessment of the needs/issues in your property to reduce carbon emissions, reduce fuel bills, improve living conditions, increase disposable income and help eradicate draughts/dampness.

You will receive free energy saving measures that may be required as part of the Energy visit:-

They will fit: free hot water tank jacket, free draught excluders for door/windows, free external door/window seals, free LED bulb, free radiator reflector panelling.  A smart energy monitor will also be fitted and loaned if required.

Please contact the energy advisor Paul Bremner at:                 Direct number: 01847 807116

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Befriending Caithness Volunteers Needed

Befriending Caithness Volunteers Needed

Do you have a spare hour?  Do you have good listening skills? Are you trustworthy and reliable? Do you have an ability to motivate and encourage others whilst showing patience and understanding?  If you have answered yes to these questions then becoming a befriender could be for you.

 Befriending Caithness is a voluntary service within Caithness Voluntary Group in Wick.  Our aim is to reduce isolation and loneliness in Caithness and also in Bettyhill and Strathy.  They match volunteers to isolated adults aged 40 years and over.

Befriending is a supported one to one relationship between a befriender (volunteer) and a befriendee (someone who has been referred to us).  It is initiated, supported by Befriending Caithness and gives the befriendee a chance to form a trusting non-judgemental relationship.  Befriending usually means meeting with each other once a week and sharing in an activity which has been mutually agreed.

They are looking for volunteers particularly male volunteers, they have a waiting list of people who  would love to have a Befriender in order to have a time of chatting, perhaps go out for a walk, perhaps a run in the car. Contact Angie, Kirsteen, Elspeth or Victoria on 01955 609962 or e-mail they will be glad to give you some more information.