Think Health Think Nature Grant

Think Health Think Nature small grant fund has just opened. Closing date25th November. The overall aim of the fund will be to encourage

  • More people to use the outdoor environment
  • Contribute to reducing health inequalities

The fund is for projects between £1,500 and £5,000, to apply you must be a not for profit, community group or organisation providing a service or benefit within Highland Council area. The fund is available for a wide range of activities in nature including


  • Cycling & walking
  • Relaxation
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Gardening & farming
  • Play &outdoor learning


To find out more and how to apply go to

Woodland Trust

They have two delivery periods per year, one in March and the other in November. They are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in MARCH 2020. Please note that responses to applications may take a few weeks due to current high demand.

Choose your pack(s) from the list below and fill out our application form. If you can’t wait until then, or your application is unsuccessful, you can buy packs in their shop all year round.

Before you start you’ll need to:

  • Know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using the grid refernce finder
  • Have permission from the legal landowner

f you’re applying as a community group, the land needs to be accessible to the public. You should also make sure your local community are aware of your plans to plant and are happy for you to go ahead.The community involvement needs to be more than just being in sight of a public footpath or an annual open day. They are unlikely to award trees which will be planted on private land such as large gardens or paddocks, unless there is genuine public access.


Community Assets programme

Grants from £10,000 to £1 million are available to community-led organisations to help them to address specific inequalities or disadvantages through the ownership of an asset such as buildings and land. Whilst match-funding is encouraged, grants can fund up to 100% of activity costs, including staff, training, volunteer expenses, equipment, premises costs, evaluation and overheads. Applicants will need to show clear evidence of community consultation and that the project offers the best way to deliver change.

Final Deadline: 4th October 2019

8 Week Mindfulness Based Living Course

Mindfulness course starts on Wednesday 30th October, for 8 consecutive weeks 6-8pm each week at the Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick.  There are 12 spaces available, 6 places for people currently in employment and 6 places for people who are not working including people who have retired.  This course is free and includes an mindfulness based living course book. For more information contact and come along to a drop in session on Wednesday 2nd October at the Pulteney Centre from 4pm-6pm to meet the tutor.

This course is fully funded by SSE  Caithness Beatrice Community Fund.

Highland Dancers receive recognition for their help

Tanya Horne Highland Dance school has welcomed a helping hand from young volunteers.  The girls helped out with the club to gain confidence, skills and a Saltire Award in return for their committment.

 Catherine Patterson from Caithness Voluntary Group was delighted to present the young volunteers with their certificates in front of an adoring audience of budding highland dancers.

Tanya horne Dance coaches receiving their Saltire Certificates.L-R Catherine Patterson CVG, Amy Budge, Charley Sutherland & Hannah Budge