Investment to help tackle loneliness

Investment to Help Tackle Loneliness From the end of July 2018, charities and community groups will have the opportunity to apply for grants to fund work that supports isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. Grants will go to organisations already delivering work that is proven to benefit individuals and society. The aim is to use a range of strategies, including opening up local spaces for community use, to make connections within communities to combat isolation. A total investment of £21 million will be made up from the UK Government, Big Lottery Fund, Co-op Foundation, Peoples Postcode Lottery and the Health Lottery.
Applications may be submitted at any time


Befriending Caithness looking for referrals for 40-60 years project

Befriending Caithness

The main aim for Befriending Caithness 40-60 year old project is to make people feel less isolated and lonely, due to circumstances outwith their control, we can all get very easily isolated and this project brings people back into the community by joining other groups to meet other people, this will help these individuals quality of life by showing them that their community cares and hope that in many situations through support and friendship these people can feel part of something again.

They also recruit volunteers to become befrienders and then match them with a befriendees with similar interests to go and chat with them on a weekly basis.

They have had befriendees who have used the service and have now become befrienders which is a great outcome seeing their confidence blossom.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from this service please contact Isobel Campbell assistant befriending coordinator on 01955609962.

Funding for a project that increases participation in sport and physical activity

The new Changing Lives through Sport & Physical Activity Fund is a partnership between Spirit of 2012, the Scottish Government, sportScotland and the Robertson Trust.

This £1million Fund is open for applications from Scottish organisations seeking to change lives through sport and physical activity, and evidence the impact of their interventions on individuals and groups.  




At least 14 grants of between £30,000 and £70,000 will be awarded to two-year projects that meet the Fund's key criteria and deliver on the four positive change themes:

  • Sport for Inclusion
  • Sport for Health and Wellbeing
  • Sport for Skills
  • Sport for Communities

Successful projects will demonstrate how they can deliver positive change through sport and physical activity, and support people to become and stay active. To find out more go to

Please submit your completed application electronically by 5pm on 28 August 2018 to








Caithness Beatrice Local Fund

Caithness Beatrice Local Fund

Through the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, they will provide a total of £2 million over a period of 5 years, they have just finished awarding grants for first year . Deadline for the next round is  2nd August 2018.

to invest in local projects in the following 5 community council areas in the Highlands. For application forms and guidlines go to

  • Sinclair’s Bay
  • Wick
  • Tannach and District
  • Latheron, Lybster and Clyth
  • Berriedale and Dunbeath

You can apply for a grant if you are;

  • a legally constituted community group
  • a non profit organisation or
  • a registered charity

£ 0 -£250

Microgrant applications


Applications for grants up to £250 can be made through a micro grant Scheme administered by each of the community councils. Each community council will revue applications directly and decisions on any micro grants to be awarded in its area.

£251 – £10,000

Main grant application


Large grant proposal




Bank of Scotland Foundation Mental Health Fund

Eligible charities can apply for between £1,000 and £25,000 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation Mental Health Fund.  The closing date is Friday 6 July 2018 at 12 NOON. 

They recognise that Mental Health services are often delivered in non-traditional settings and to ensure our funding can reach those in real need of support, funding will be available to both Mental Health charities and those delivering Mental Health projects across Scotland.

This may include;

  • Initiatives designed to encourage people suffering from Mental Health illness to get more involved in their local community.
  • Support for life skills development for those with Mental Health illnesses.
  • Promotion and delivery of financial awareness and money advice service for people with Mental Health illnesses and their families.
  • Traditional support such as counselling sessions and therapy.

To find out more go to



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