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ScottishPower Renewables' Halsary wind farm when it was under construction. A community fund will be launched soon.
ScottishPower Renewables' Halsary wind farm when it was under construction. A community fund will be launched soon.

CVG UPDATE: Local voluntary sector news by Yvonne Hendry of Caithness Voluntary Group

Caithness Voluntary Group is holding a funding information event in Wick this month. It takes place in the Pulteney Centre on Tuesday, April 26, from 10am to noon and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, and there will be time to put questions to the funders.

There will be presentations from:

  • Tesco Community Grants
  • Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund
  • Foundation Scotland talking about local wind farm funds, Camster, Stroupster and other funds.
  • Your Police, You Decide Fund
  • An update on the soon-to-be-launched Caithness Community Fund, funded by ScottishPower Renewables' Halsary wind farm
  • North Highlands and Islands Climate Hub development funding

This event is suitable for community groups – to book a space contact yvonne@cvg.org.uk (07529248764).

The Robertson Trust has four funding streams available:

  • Wee Community Grants for revenue and capital funding for constituted community groups and small charities with an annual income of under £25,000.
  • Small Grants for revenue funding for registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £100,000.
  • Large Grants for revenue funding for registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million.
  • Community Vehicle Grants for capital funding for a vehicle to support the work of charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.

Community building grants are now closed. For guidance and details of the application process, go to www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/funding/our-funds

In a bid to help Scottish households struggling with energy costs, homeheatingadvice.scot is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to deliver the second round of the Home Heating Support Fund.

The fund seeks to provide financial relief to energy consumers who are experiencing significant financial hardship and strives to provide this support to households regardless of the fuel or payment method used.

The project is inclusive of users of prepayment meters, district heating networks and unregulated fuels.

Registered referral partners can apply for funding on behalf of individuals resident in Scotland.

Individuals can make applications through the "Household Application" form on the website, but must supply evidence of having received energy and/or money advice from an accredited agency.

Community Paths grants, from Paths for All, are aimed at supporting communities to create, promote and maintain local community paths.

Grants of up to £1500 can be awarded. The fund will open in May 2022 and details can be found at www.pathsforall.org.uk/community-paths

Caithness Rural Transport is seeking volunteers to join the team. Anyone who would be interested in finding out more information, or in volunteering for a few hours a week, is asked to email Coreen Campbell at coreen@cvg.org.uk

Driver training is provided.

The Let’s Move Together Fund from Versus Arthritis is distributing grants of up to £5000 to support people with musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, to get active. Organisations seeking to benefit from the fund should be working to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people with musculoskeletal conditions, to help aid recovery from the impact of Covid-19 and to reduce the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Applications are particularly welcome from groups that also support people from culturally diverse communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic groups.

Groups employing staff should note that from the start of this month the national minimum wage has increased. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

  • For more information on any of the above, email CVG’s Yvonne Hendry at yvonne@cvg.org.uk

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