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 or by contacting  or  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.

Volunteer in 2020

Welcome to a new decade.

New year, new decade, new challenges!  therefore  you might have considered getting more involved with your community, helping out or maybe just meeting new people, if so take the first step and become a volunteer.

If you want to find out more about the type of things available contact Catherine and she will be happy to chat in a relaxed friendly way.  

Feel good and make a difference.  get in touch  Tel: 01955 609968

Volunteer opportunity with Scotland’s Gardens

District Volunteer for Caithness & Sutherland

The Scotland's Gardens is an organisation that organises garden 'open days'  throughout the year to raise money for charities.  They are looking for a new District Volunteer to take the lead working with garden owners to make sure their open day is a success.  Volunteers should have a love of gardening and good communication and organisational or event skills,  they are also responsible for banking money raised through donations and entry fees.  It would be helpful to be a car driver and have access to a car.   Spring and summer are busier times for this role therefore it is being promoted in advance of this busy period.  If you are interested pleaee contact Catherine  

Community Groups: Apply for a Tesco community grant

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Grants of up to £2,000 are available. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.

To find out more go to

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork who are working with greenspace scotland to support successful projects in Scotland.