Ballie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is delighted to announce that it has made a sum of money available for a fast-track funding stream for organisations working to support vulnerable people in their local communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund is seeking expressions of interest from groups across Caithness which require additional support or funding to enable them to carry out support activities for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to be as fast and flexible as possible, as the Fund recognises that the needs of communities and the organisations supporting them are changing on a regular basis at this time.

Groups interested in applying are invited to contact the Fund at to give a brief outline of their proposal and an estimation of their funding requirement. The Fund team will then process these as quickly as possible and invite formal applications to support eligible projects.

The Fund recognises that many groups outwith its usual catchment area are doing important and valuable work to support their communities at this time, and it wants to act to support these groups. This is a difficult time for all across Caithness, and the Fund feels it is important that everyone pulls together to offer what support they can to those in need. The Fund also remains open for applications from individuals and groups in the West Caithness Community Council area, as well as from eligible educational and sporting organisations across the county. Those interested in applying for funding via the usual process can do so by 13 July for consideration at the next Board meeting, and full details of eligibility can be found on the Fund website. Any groups or individuals interested in applying for either funding stream are invited to contact the Fund in the first instance, by emailing

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The new Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on Tuesday 26 May.The Scheme will enable small and medium sized employers with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of their employers. HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. To find out more please visit GOV.UK


Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund

The Fund has been established by the William Grant Foundation, Faith in Community Scotland and the National Lottery Community Fund so that Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19. We recognise that this network connects into communities across the country and that groups are in contact with some of the people who are most adversely affected by COVID-19.

This crisis has already proven that the most important things for all of us are our relationships and connections with each other – and this fund is to support the people most at risk of becoming disconnected. Since the Fund opened on Friday 27 March, approximately £70,000 has been awarded to over 100 groups across Scotland.


Supporting Communities Safely Guidance

Throughout Caithness communities are fighting COVID 19. This Scottish Community Development Centre website provides advice on how to virus proof the fantastic things you are doing and reduce the risk of indirect spread. Please read them carefully if you are starting to provide support or reviewing what you are doing already. The guidance covers effective hand washing, handling cash, from store to door, safe vehicles and many more issues.


Highland Council Business Grant

Scottish Government last week announced that properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will apply to properties which are in receipt of any Charitable Rates Relief or Sports Relief, but are otherwise eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme. You can find out and apply for the Small Business Grant by visiting the Highland Council website.