Your Cash Your Caithness

Still time to submit Your Cash Your Caithness applications

 

Local groups in Caithness are reminded that the closing date for Your Cash Your Caithness applications is drawing near and to be in with a chance of receiving a share of £10,000.00, forms need to be received by 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd February 2020.

£10,000.00 of funding is available to let the local community decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event in Thurso High School on Saturday 29th February 2020.

Chair of the Caithness Committee, Councillor Matthew Reiss, said: “The handing of decision making back to the Community is the first stage in returning community empowerment to the most local level. As the closing date draws near I would encourage as many individuals or groups as possible across Caithness to take part in this initiative to get the funding they are looking for and to get their applications completed and submitted. I am delighted to see that a number of applications have already been received however I would urge all local groups to look at any projects they may wish to start and to complete what is a simplified application form.”

Application forms can be accessed online from the Highland Council web site at https://www.highland.gov.uk/ycyc or by contacting Yvonne@CVG.org.uk  on 01955 609960 Caithness Voluntary Group who will also be able to provide information and assistance with the application process and provide some guidance on public presenting if required.

Scottish Charity Awards 2020 launched

Organised annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the amazing work that people within charities and community groups do every day, all over the country, to help those in need and raise awareness of important causes.

In 2019, 44 finalists were shortlisted, nine won awards and an additional four received special commendations for their work.

There are eight Scottish Charity Award categories – Charity of the Year, Charity Champion, Cracking Campaign, Pioneering Project, Celebrating Communities, Terrific Trustee and Demonstrating Digital – which are decided by a judging panel, and a special People’s Choice Award which is decided by the public and last year received a record-breaking 34,810 votes. Charities can find out more and apply at https://scvo.org.uk/scottish-charity-awards/apply-2020.

 

 

 

Tesco Bags of Help looking for grant applications in Caithness

Community groups and charities across Caithness are being invited to apply for funding through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Applications are officially open for 2020, with more than £1,000,000 to be shared across Scotland throughout 2020. Anyone can nominate groups and charities benefiting communities across Scotland. Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months in various funding areas including Wick and Thurso. The scheme sees money raised from the sale of reusable Bags for Life in Tesco stores across the country used to fund local projects.

And customers decide where the money goes, casting their votes for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores.

The scheme runs in partnership with charity Greenspace Scotland. Emma Halliday of Greenspace Scotland, said:

“We encourage community groups to apply for Bags of Help funding to help improve places and spaces in local communities. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Find out more at:  www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Your Cash Your Caithness 2020

The Highland Council took receipt of £9,497 from the old Caithness Partnership earlier in 2019 on condition that these funds were set aside and used in a Your Cash Your Caithness funding event.

The Highland Council have topped this amount up to £10,000 now to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a project for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, the only limit is your imagination.

To apply for up to £1,000.00, you must submit an application form before 5.00pm on Sunday 2 February 2020.  If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Thurso.

At the event you will be required to talk about your idea to the community. Those in attendance will then vote on all the applications and a decision will be made on the day.

Chair of the Caithness Committee Councillor Matthew Reiss said: “We are once again handing decision making back to the local Community and it is the first stage in returning community empowerment to the most local level. I would encourage as many individuals or groups as possible across Caithness to take part in this initiative to get the funding they are looking for. This will be the sixth Your Cash Your Caithness event held in the county with the first being held back in November 2015 and I have no doubt that this one will be every bit successful as the previous five.”

Application forms can be accessed online from the Highland Council web site at https://www.highland.gov.uk/ycyc or by contacting Yvonne@CVG.org.uk  or Allan@CVG.org.uk  at Caithness Voluntary Group, telephone 01955 609960, who will also be able to provide information and assistance with the application process or provide some guidance on public presenting if required.

Highland Alcohol & Drugs Partnership – Local Improvement Fund

HADP wishes to invite funding applications to the Alcohol and Drugs – Local Improvement Fund. Please find attached a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) information sheet and Application Form which includes Guidance Notes for applicants.

This one off fund aims to provide funding to partner organisations, including the Third Sector to support implementation of the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Strategy and the national strategy; Rights, Respect and Recovery. Its principle aim is to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug related harm. The funding is to provide opportunities to:

  • Test new approaches
  • Improve ways of working
  • Support recovery

Currently, the Local Improvement Fund will be open on this occasion only, with a maximum of 10 awards of up to £10,000 available. The Fund is open from 16th December with completed applications submitted by noon on 20th January 2020..Preference will be given to organisations that have not received previously funding via HADP. 

HADP can support organisation interested in applying by; discussing applications, providing guidance, suggesting potential sources of evidence and advising on evaluation. It is essential that all projects build in evaluation from the outset.  Contact Debbie Stewart, HADP Coordinator: deborah.stewart@nhs.net