Your Cash Your Caithness

Your Cash, Your Caithness

Caithness members of Highland Council have set aside £30,000 from their ward discretionary budgets to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents or a community art project, the only limit is your imagination.

To apply for up to £3,000 you must apply before 5pm on Monday 31st October 2016. The community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 19th November at the Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick, from 9.30am onwards.

At the event you will be required to talk about your idea to the community. Those in attendance will then vote on all the applications and a decision will be made on the day.

The chairman of the Caithness Committee, Councillor Roger Saxon, who sits on the Your Cash, Your Caithness steering group, said: “This is again handing decision-making back to the local community and it is the first stage in returning community empowerment to the most local level. I would encourage as many individuals or groups as possible across Caithness to take part in this initiative to get the funding they are looking for. The pilot event held in Wick in November last year and the event held in Thurso in May this year were both well attended and well received by all those who took part. They were a great success and these funding events are now being held regularly right across the Highland area. I have no doubt that this success will be repeated in November.”

Application forms can be accessed online from the Highland Council website at http://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/664996/your_cash_your_caithness/category/155/grants_for_community_groups or by contacting Yvonne@CVG.org.uk (01955 609960) at Caithness Voluntary Group or Kimberley_spiers@hotmail.co.uk (07557918564) of Sinclair Bay Community Council.