Highland Third Sector Awards


The Highland Third Sector Interface is delighted to open nominations for the 2018 Highland Third Sector Awards.  We are looking forward to once again celebrating the phenomenal work of our Third Sector here in Highland! Please note the deadline for nominations is the 27th of June 2018. 


Youth Volunteer of 2018

Community Initiative 2018

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Highland Partnership 2018

Board Trustee of the Year 2018

Outstanding Achievement Award 2018 For recognition of an individuals outstanding and sustained

Social Enterprise of the Year 2018

Third Sector Organisation of the Year 2018

To find out more go to http://www.highlandtsi.org.uk/

Volunteers wanted for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Volunteers wanted for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland to help support the work of local Stroke Services. Training provided, flexible working, hospital visiting, one to one or group volunteering.  Contact local coordinator on 01847 896493 or Alison.brownie@chss.org.uk

OSCR Charity and Trading Guide

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published its ‘Charities and Trading Guide’.
The guide contains information on:

  • the different types of charity trading
  • trading subsidiaries
  • charity trustee duties in relation to trading.  

It is aimed at charity trustees, and people working with trustees. It will also be useful to those applying to become a charity which intends to carry out trading.

To find out more go to https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/oscr-publishes-new-guidance-on-trading

Action Earth Grants

Due to unprecedented demand for Action Earth Grants they can only consider:

  • Projects in the more deprived areas of Scotland where there may be reduced local facilities and opportunities.
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
  • Projects which involve at least 35 volunteers and which make a substantial environmental impact.
  • Projects which involve groups of vulnerable people as volunteers.

Any project with volunteers taking action outdoors in Scotland can apply for one of our grants.

  1. Action Earth Awards from £50 to £250 are available to groups of volunteers carrying out environmental activities. This could include improving ponds, woodlands, meadows and other green spaces to make them more wildlife friendly. Create new habitats by planting nectar-rich flowers, fruit-bearing trees or shrubs. 
  2. Local Nature Reserve Awards offer up to £500 for activities taking place on LNRs which encourage volunteer involvement and bring new volunteers onto the reserve. Activities could involve wildlife recording and education, raising profile of the site and protecting and enhancing biodiversity. We will prioritise applications from community or ‘Friends of’ groups. Events should involve the local Ranger Service or LNR Managers.

Your group can submit one application for each type of grant. Projects pay costs upfront and then claim back by sending in itemised receipts and feedback forms. You must submit your feedback and grant claim form within 4 weeks of your project end date. 

They also ask you to send a press release to local media (help available) and supply us with no more than 5 photographs of your event.

What they fund:

  • Projects taking place in Scotland involving practical outdoor activity
  • At least 15 volunteers must give a minimum of 5 hours each
  • Tools, materials and volunteers expenses 
  • Work on sites that are accessible to the general public (let us know if your site has any restrictions we should be aware of)

For full details go to http://actionearth.csv.org.uk/apply

Volunteering Support Fund

The Volunteering Support Fund Volunteering Support Fund 2018-21 – NOW OPEN The Scottish Government has committed £3.3 million to support volunteering in Scotland until March 2021. The Volunteering Support Fund is funded by the Scottish Government, which has committed a total of £3.3 million over the funding period 1 July 2018 – 31 March 2021 to improve support for volunteers, and is managed by Voluntary Action Fund. Since 2013 over 450 organisations have benefitted from the Volunteering Support Fund, resulting in improved support for thousands of volunteers, more than half of whom had experienced disadvantage.

Grants between £7,500 and £10,000 per annum are available for individual organisations, who will be expected to recruit at least 15 additional volunteers, including, 10 who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; and provide opportunities for both current and new volunteers to benefit from a meaningful volunteering experience, eg through training, learning new skills, and increased participation in their local community.

Applicants will be expected to contribute towards the following four outcomes: 1.Increasing the diversity of the third sector’s volunteer pool, especially to include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering; 2.Improving opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering; 3.Improving the third sector’s capacity to support, train and deploy volunteers; and 4.Enhancing the services organisations deliver to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. Who can apply? To be eligible applicants must be: 1.A third sector organisation (voluntary organisation or community group) whose Board of Trustees or Management Committee are predominantly volunteers. Organisations do not need to be registered charities, although their constitution/set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members; 2.A third sector organisation working in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000; 3.Organisations who can start the project within 10 days of receiving funding. To find out more go to https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/volunteering-development-grants/