The Land Fund is open for applications

The Land Fund is open to full applications. Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to:

  • achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings
  • have a stronger role in and control over their own development
  • own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.

They will prioritise applications that can demonstrate significant positive impact for the community as a whole. Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser.

Grants of between £10,001 and £1 million are available to fund the purchase of land or land assets are available to support rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

SSE Beatrice Community Fund is still open for applications

SSE Beatrice Community Fund is still open for applications.

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 connectivity
  • 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
  • Wick
  • Tannach and District
  • Latheron, Lybster and Clyth
  • Berriedale and Dunbeath

Next closing date is  Friday 10th September. For full guidance and application form go to Beatrice Caithness | SSE Renewables

OSCR guidance

OSCR has produced an updated video (60 mins) on the importance of reviewing your charity’s governing documents regularly to make sure they are still fit for purpose, and to remind your charity trustees of the rules – particularly in light of the impact of Covid on the governance of charities.  If you want any assistance in updating your documents please contact or





CVG ebike loan scheme

Caithness Voluntary Group is working with Home Energy Scotland (HES) and is pleased to offer an ebike trial for your use. It will be checked over by a trained mechanic and will hopefully give you many hours of enjoyment, whether you use it for leisure or work.

HES is managed by EST ( Energy Saving Trust) and ebikes remain the property of EST at all times. EST or HES reserve the right to recall a loan bicycle at any time if they feel that someone else could be making better use of it.

CVG will be receiving two bikes on August 10th and will be offering people a trial for 3-4 days. Equipment will be provided with the loan. If you are interested in trying an ebike and are over 18 years please contact In response to coronavirus restrictions, social distancing measures in line with Scottish Government advice will be followed during drop off, maintenance and collection. At the chosen location the advisor will wipe the bike down to disinfect, step well back to allow you to take the ebike whilst maintaining 2m distance at all times. It is advised you wipe down the ebike with a kitchen disinfectant spray or warm soapy water prior to use.

Invite to apply to your local Wick store for the Tesco Community Grant scheme

Currently the Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting:

Children, Young People and Families, Food Insecurity (eg, food growing, old folk’s lunch clubs, food banks, breakfast clubs etc.) They are looking for applications to the  Wick store for Food Insecurity themed activity, Funding pots of £500, up to £1000 and up to £1500 will be available for projects and Tesco customers will be able to choose which project receives the most funding by voting in store every time they shop.

If your application is successful, this is a good opportunity for your group’s profile to be highlighted in a public place for a good length of time and you could arrange other fundraising initiatives around that voting period. The scheme is open to registered charities and community organisations, via an on-line application form, with a guidance notes, which you can find here Apply for a grant – Tesco Community Grants