Funding to Regenerate Historic Buildings

Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition.
Applications may be submitted at any time

Good Governance Training

Caithness Voluntary Group has organised two sessions for groups on good governance.

session one on Wednesday 24th January 7pm-9pm, will cover:

  • Your members what are they? ever wondered why you have members and why they are there.
  • How your committee works
  • How your group is made up

session two on Wednesday 31st January 7pm-9pm, will cover:

  • Understand your legal documents, constitution, trust deeds, articles & memorandum, leases, contracts and OSCR
  • Roles and responsibilities of director/committee members

All training will be held at CVG offices, Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick. To book a place contact or

telephone 01955609960/01955603453 

Data Protection for Organisations

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the new legal framework – will apply in the UK from 25th May 2018. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will not affect the commencement of the GDPR. Although the GDPR shares similarities with the existing UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it also has some new and different requirements. Under GDPR, UK citizens will benefit from new or stronger rights:

  • to be informed about how their data is used;
  • around data portability across service providers;
  • to erase or delete their personal information;
  • over access to the personal data an organisation holds about them;
  • to correct inaccurate or incomplete information; and
  • over automated decisions and profiling. 

Scottish charities must be aware of all of their requirements and should prepare for the GDPR prior to its launch. They may need, for example, to put new procedures in place to deal with the GDPR’s new transparency and individuals’ rights provisions. In a large or complex organisation, this could have significant budgetary, IT, personnel, governance and communications implications. To assist you, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website contains information on how you can prepare for the GDPR, including this document which outlines 12 steps to take right now:


Insurance Workshop

A short course that will hopefully give you a better understanding of Insurance issues and the range of covers available. Wednesday January 24th, 9.30p.m. to 11.30am, Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick. The course will cover 

  • How to decide which cover your organisation needs. 
  • Have you eval;uated the risks that you face?
  • How do you present the information in the best way to obtain quotations.
  • Questions/End

There willbe a short break for tea/coffee, the whole purpose is to enable you to make informed choices about what you are buying, and how to get the best value from it. 

Keegan & Pennykid (Insurance Brokers) Ltd, 50 Queen Street,Edinburgh EH2 3NS, will be delivering the 0131 225 6005, e-mail: To book a space contact Yvonne, 01955609960, Helen 01955603453,,