Sustainable Communities Fund

Crown Estate – Sustainable Communities Fund

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Sustainable Communities Fund has been created to support local regeneration and sustainable development. The Fund comprises two grant programmes – Community Capacity Grants and Environment Grants.  Up to £750,000 will be made available over three years. The fund is open to all communities up to five miles from Scotland’s coastline and within five miles of our rural estates.

They are looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will :

  • Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible and beneficial to the community
  • Help create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits

In the first year, a total of £150,000 of funding will be available for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. Applications are being managed by Foundation Scotland. Deadline: 12th October 2020

Green Health Packs getting distributed in Caithness

Green Health Packs have been bagged and are being distributed to community groups in a project that will bring environmental benefits across Caithness while also boosting people’s wellbeing.

Caithness Voluntary Group has assembled 450 packs with help from volunteers and staff at Pulteneytown People’s Project in Wick, while Caithness Rural Transport has helped get them distributed.

The purpose of the packs is to provide enjoyment, release some creative talents and encourage people to discover new hobbies in the outdoors.

The packs have been funded by the Highland Green Health Events Project supported by the EU Leader Rural Development Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Highland Council.

High Life Highland’s Green Health Project Officer Tania Alliod co-ordinated the basic packs, with staff and volunteers from Inverness Botanic Gardens putting the gardening items together. The packs include compost, pots, plant seeds, bird seed and bird identification sheets. CVG arranged bird feeders and gardening gloves to be added to the packs, along with bubbles for younger children.

The groups in Caithness that will be receiving them are Dunbeath and District Centre, Caithness Community Connections, Pulteneytown People’s Project, Ypeople (supporting vulnerable groups), Home-Start (supporting families with young children), Caithness Klics (young carers project), Sinclair’s Bay Community Council, Castletown Community Council and Befriending Caithness.

Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund.

Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund is paused temporarily, it is not closed. they are now actively planning for the Recovery phase of the fund. They anticipate the fund reopening the first week in August, please keep an eye on the web page for further updates and the date they will start accepting new applications.

Deadline: Ongoing

Beatrice Community Fund is still open for business

You still have until 21st August to get your application submitted.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