Pupil Equity Fund

A Scottish Government fund which aims to boost the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils in 183 schools across Highland Council's region is still open. The Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) is being provided as part of the £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund which will be invested over the current parliamentary term (2016 to 2021). PEF is allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap. The purpose of PEF is to close the poverty related attainment gap, by improving the educational outcomes of children affected by poverty. In Highland, third sector organisations can register to become a provider to schools of services that meet the needs identified. Schools should identify the issue to be addressed, and the target group (or groups) of pupils most in need of additional support, based on an analysis of local evidence and data.
If you would like more information or would like to apply to be included in the list of PEF providers email healthadmin@highlandtsi.org.uk.

SSEN Resilient Fund open

SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Network) north of Scotland Resilient Communities Fund is now open for applications. You live within an area which has an identified resilience need but has not received funding from the fund in the past. The £140,000 fund is available for non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities working in the SSEN distribution area. Applications will be accepted until 23 May 2018.

The Resilient Communities Fund supports local projects that:

•              Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.

•              Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

to find out more contact lindsay.dougan@sse.com



Highland Council Community Play Award 2019

The Highland Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering an award of £1000 to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote benefits of play for children this year.

The annual award is presented by the Council’s Play Improvement Group, which works to promote self-directed free play with daily access to the outdoors. The 2018 award was won by Lundavra Primary School Nursery in Fort William. They provide an excellent range of self-directed and inclusive play that incorporates, loose parts, imagination and creativity at its core. The Play Improvement Group felt the Lundavra application demonstrated how included the children were in consultation, development, and the range of opportunities the children had to explore, develop and play.

The 2019 award is open to any school group, charity or community organisation working with children and young people at any age group from infants up to aged 18. Applicants for 2019 will be assessed under the following criteria.

  1. Promotion of inclusion
  2. Promotion/implementation of the Highland Play Strategy
  3. Promotion of free play
  4. Innovation
  5. Can we learn from it – is it transferrable?

For further information about play initiatives and developments across the Highlands, and to obtain an award application form, please visit www.playhighland.co.uk

The closing date for submissions will be noon on 15 March 2019.

Local Windfarm Funds Closing Dates

Stroupster closing dates changing – This year the Fund structure will be tweaked to take into account feedback that two rounds per year is not enough and that a shorter gap between funding rounds would be more helpful. The Panel has launched its new calendar of funding rounds with three rounds per year and a lesser gap of four months between rounds. The closing dates are now: 15th March, 15th July and 15th November.

Achlachan Fund for the Halkirk Community Council area has now launched – There will be four closing dates through the year: 15th March, 15th June, 15th September and 15th December.

The Tannach Trust is seeking new Panel members from the Tannach and District Community Council area. Anybody interested should contact Eilidh on 07801 530218 or eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk

Tesco Bags of help centenary grants

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants 
To mark their 100th year, Tesco have launched Bags of Help Centenary Grants. They would like to encourage you to apply and to promote the grants to your networks.
Apply for a Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

Bags of Help Centenary Grants are now open for applications for £25,000 from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit across a whole region, or a significant part of it. Scotland is divided into five special regions where customers can vote for their favourite project:

1. Highland and Islands / North East Scotland

2. Mid Scotland

3. West Scotland

4. Central Scotland

5. South Scotland

Grants will be awarded to not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, local authorities and social housing providers. Three projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Scotland, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of £25,000, second place receiving £15,000 and third place £10,000.The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme, and projects focussing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.
For more details and how to apply, please visit http://bit.ly/centenarygrantscot