CNSFund 2020 AGM Notice – 11th of December

The ninth Annual General Meeting of the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund

will be held on the 11th of December 2020, commencing at 2pm.

As a result of the ongoing public safety measures, this year the AGM will be a virtual meeting.

If you would like to be in attendance at the AGM, please let us know by contacting the CNSFund on enquiries@cnsf.org.uk

Once you have registered, we will send you an invitation link and Agenda for the virtual meeting.

Please note that registration is required to access the invitation link to the meeting.

CNSFund 2021 Grant Application Schedule

The CNSFund assesses applications on a quarterly basis.

Please ensure that you submit your initial enquiry form well in advance of the closing dates to allow yourself sufficient time to complete your full application form, which we will provide you with after we receive your initial enquiry form and have concluded our eligibility screening checks.

CNSF 2021 Application Assessment Schedule

2021-R1 

Application form closing date – Friday 18th December 2020.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 29th January 2021.

2021-R2

Application form closing date – Friday 26th March 2021.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 30th April 2021.

2021-R3

Application form closing date – Friday 25th June 2021.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 30th July 2021.

2021-R4

Application form closing date – Friday 24th September 2021.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 29th of October 2021.

 

The CNSFund reserves the right to change this schedule.

CNSFund New Board Member Required – Voluntary Position

DIRECTOR VACANCY (unremunerated)

Deadline for applications:     Monday 19th of October.

 The Caithness & North Sutherland Fund is a community fund established by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd to distribute a £4M funding package to community projects that will increase the attractiveness of Caithness & North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest.

We are looking to fill a scheduled vacancy on our Board of Directors and are seeking applications from enthusiastic individuals with a passion for our communities.  As a Director, you will be responsible to ensure that the Fund complies with its objectives and governing documents as well as all relevant legislation and regulations.  You will also become a member of the Fund’s Assessment Committee (meeting quarterly) and will use your skills and knowledge to help distribute our funds to benefit communities within the Dounreay travel to work area.

Candidates must be an ordinarily resident in the Caithness & North Sutherland area and we are particularly interested in attracting candidates with the following attributes:

For further information or to apply, please contact the Fund Coordinator:

Email: enquiries@cnsf.org.uk

Tel: 07841 204 982

PR Grant Awards 2020-R3

COMMUNITY GROUPS SEE INVESTMENT OF OVER £150K IN LATEST FUNDING ROUND

Seven community projects are to benefit from over £150k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund’s latest grant awards.

CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said “Our latest grant investments will enable community groups to deliver a wide range of improvements to benefit people living in Caithness & North Sutherland.  These include the enhancement and development of numerous community initiatives that are making a real difference to people in need as well as supporting infrastructure improvements to important community facilities”.  

 Caithness Citizens Advice Bureau was granted £29,840 towards the costs of creating two new part-time specialist advisor roles to enhance the advisory capacity of the bureau.  The additional advisors will consist of an Employments Rights Advisor and an Energy Advisor to support the charity’s high level of enquiries.

Bureau Manager, Isobel Mackay said “Demand for our advice services has continued to grow and employment and energy related enquiries need advisors with specialist knowledge.  We are extremely grateful to the CNSFund for the grant support that enables us to recruit and train two new specialist advisors to cover our Wick and Thurso offices as well as our outreach service to North Sutherland.  The next two years will undoubtedly be a challenging time for many people and we anticipate an increase in need for these services with furlough support ending and colder weather approaching.  The improvements to our advisory team will help to ensure that we have sufficient resources to support those who are in need”. 

Other awards included £30,000 to Caithness KLICS towards the continued development and service delivery of its young carer service that provides support to young people who have a caring role at home.  The grant will be used towards the costs of the charity’s project manager.  Caithness KLICS supports young carers through one to one support, group activities and by working with schools to ensure they reach the same potential as their peers.

Thurso Community Development Trust was granted £30,000 to towards its Together Thurso Project.  The initiative will develop and deliver a programme of community activities that will focus on reducing social isolation to improve the quality of life and well-being of people living in the Thurso and surrounding area.  The project has been formed to address the local needs highlighted in the Trust’s 5-year development plan that has been based around extensive community consultation and reflects the needs and aspirations of the Thurso community.

Reiss & Killimster Park Committee saw £30,000 awarded to help refurbish the existing old play park in the village of Reiss.  The grant will be used towards the costs of installing new innovative play equipment to provide an inclusive modern recreational facility that will create a welcoming space for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

Pulteneytown People’s Project was granted £21,246 towards the costs of upgrading the Pulteney Centre training & meeting room by refurbishing the facility with new laptops and interactive touchscreens equipped with videoconferencing technology.  The enhanced training room facilities will enable the community enterprise to make better use of technology to connect with people and will be used to support young people engaged in its employability programmes as well as providing childcare online activities and learning.   The new technology will also enable various outreach sessions such as older people online group activities as well as being available for people to hold online meetings, conferences and training.

Reay Hall SCIO was awarded £7,166 towards the costs of appointing professional services to produce an options appraisal for adopting a phased approach to deliver a major refurbishment programme to bring the Reay Hall up to modern standards.  The village hall is in need of a large-scale refurbishment and a feasibility refurbishment plan has already been produced that includes internal and exterior improvements and the creation of more flexible spaces.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue was awarded £2,180 to purchase a new rescue ambulance trailer that will be based in Caithness to support the local marine rescue team’s operations as well as promoting local marine wildlife.

The CNSFund is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and distributes money to community projects that increase the attractiveness of Caithness and North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest. Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis and information on how to apply can be found at the CNSFund website, www.cnsf.org.uk or by phoning 07841 204 982.

PR Grant Awards 2020-R2

COMMUNITY GROUPS BENEFIT FROM OVER £48K IN LATEST FUNDING ROUND

Three community projects are to benefit from over £48k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund’s latest grant awards.

CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said “Our latest grant awards help to further enhance community facilities and attractions that will contribute towards a sustainable future for our area. These latest community projects will not only benefit those living here, but will also support our tourism sector after visitor restrictions are removed.   We also wish to highlight that we are continuing to accept applications during the current pandemic. Our staff are working from home and we are conducting our assessment meetings by teleconferencing to ensure as little disruption as possible.   We are also liaising with our grant recipients who have had to postpone some of their planned events or activities in order to look at how these can be rescheduled where this is possible”. 

The Association of Northern Trails Scotland was granted £30,000 towards the costs of creating a new trail development manager post to take the John O’Groats Trail project forward through its next development stage. This will involve the delivery of a two-year major development programme that will see further trail developments and activities as well as promoting the walking trail on a much wider scale.

Jay Wilson, Chair of the Association of Northern Trails Scotland, said “We are very grateful for the funding support awarded by the CNSFund. Our work to date, which has been carried out by dedicated volunteers, has demonstrated that the John O’Groats Trail project is a viable destination for walkers from around the world, as well as local recreational users. We have seen that the number of users is only limited by the quality of the trail infrastructure and the grant will help us to appoint the expertise needed to take the trail to the next level. This will continue to grow the tourism and sustainable recreation potential of the area, while raising its profile as an international destination.”

Other awards included £10,000 to Thurso Golf Club towards purchasing a new hybrid greens mower to help the club maintain and enhance its course greens to the quality standards expected. The golf club provides an important recreational facility for the Thurso and surrounding area and also works with numerous visitor initiatives to promote and develop golf tourism in the area.

Caithness & Sutherland Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club was awarded £8,500 towards the costs of a new towable box trailer and a steel storage container to enhance the running of the popular annual vintage & classic John O’Groats rally event and to support the club’s ongoing community activities for many years to come.

The CNSFund is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and distributes money to community projects that increase the attractiveness of Caithness and North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest. Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis and information on how to apply can be found at the CNSFund website, www.cnsf.org.uk or by phoning 07841 204 982. The deadline for applications for the next funding round is the 26th of June.

COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 virus and Scottish Government advice to minimise social contact, we wish to highlight that the CNSFund will be continuing to operate as normal and we are able to accept enquiries and applications other than restricting public access to the office building and face to face contact. 

We also recognise that this may have an impact on your organisation and the project activities being delivered as part of our Grant Agreement with you.  

This is an unusual and developing situation and we wish to reassure everyone that we are continuing to accept applications. 

CNSFund 2020 Grant Application Schedule

The CNSFund assesses applications on a quarterly basis.

Please ensure that you submit your initial enquiry form well in advance of the closing dates to allow yourself sufficient time to complete your full application form, which we will provide you with after we receive your initial enquiry form and have concluded our eligibility screening checks.

CNSF 2020 Application Assessment Schedule

2020-R1 

Application form closing date – Monday 16th December 2019.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 31st January 2020.

2020-R2

Application form closing date – Friday 20th March 2020.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 24th April 2020.

2020-R3

Application form closing date – Friday 26th June 2020.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 31st July 2020.

2020-R4

Application form closing date – Friday 25th September 2020.

Assessment Meeting – Friday 6th of November 2020.

 

The CNSFund reserves the right to change this schedule.

PR Grant Awards 2020-R1

SIX PROJECTS BENEFIT FROM OVER £85K IN CNSFUND LATEST FUNDING!

Six community projects are to benefit from over £85k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund’s latest grant awards.

CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said “Our latest grant awards helps to support a wide range of projects including initiatives that focus on delivering social improvements. The funding will also support various events being hosted in our area, all of which contributes towards promoting and enhancing our communities.”

Caithness Community Connections was granted £30,000 towards delivering a two-year programme of young people sessions and social activities within the Lybster area. The programme will include weekly early years sessions and youth clubs as well as holiday term activities to improve access to young people services within the rural coastal village.

Heather Urquhart, Caithness Community Connections Project Co-ordinator said “We are very grateful for the generous funding and support provided by CNSF to part fund this project. It gives us a firm foundation over the next two years and a strong footing to attract the necessary match funding in the very near future. The young people of Lybster highlighted that they wanted to see youth activities taking place in their own village. This funding helps secure weekly and holiday activities for them and allows us to plan a wide range of services so as many children and young people as possible can participate.”

Other awards included £30,000 to Ormlie Community Association towards costs associated with developing and administering a programme of community services and activities to support vulnerable people living in the Ormlie, Thurso and surrounding area.

Thurso Pipe Band was awarded £12,000 towards the costs of replacing and improving its 20-year-old band equipment and uniforms to bring it up to modern standards. The funding will help to purchase new equipment and tartan dress uniforms that will enhance the traditional pipe band’s many public performances at community events and shows.

The Scottish Surfing Federation was awarded £10,000 towards costs of holding the 2020 British Surfing Championships and British Cup in April. The event will be based at the new Thurso East surfing facilities and will be open to all to spectate. The competition will be streamed live online and a video production of the surfing event will also be carried out to promote tourism and further highlight the area as a world class surfing venue.

John O’Groats Development Trust was awarded £2,000 to help with costs of hosting a four-day John O’Groats Book Festival event in April 2020. The festival will offer numerous sessions and workshop events for people to attend and will have presentations from professional writers covering various literature themes. The festival will also include school visits to encourage young people as well as aspiring writers and visitors to the event.

Sea Watch Foundation was granted £1,800 to deliver a nine-day Orca Watch event in May that will include training members of the public as citizen scientists to monitor and record marine mammals around the North Coast. Whilst based at John O’Groats, the event will also include presentations at various community venues as well as in local schools and will promote the area as an attractive destination for marine animal sightings.

The CNSFund is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and distributes money to community projects that increase the attractiveness of Caithness and North Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest. Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis and information on how to apply can be found at the CNSFund website, www.cnsf.org.uk or by phoning 07841 204 982. The deadline for applications for the next funding round is the 20th of March.

PR Grant Awards 2019-R4

Helmsdale & District Highland Games Association was granted £5,000 towards costs to hold an enhanced 2020 Highland Games 40th anniversary event at Helmsdale in August 2020. The games will be an all day and evening event consisting of a full range of competitive highland games activities as well as numerous stalls showcasing crafts and artisan goods from the area. The enhanced games will also include tribal drumming performances, a high-profile ceilidh dance, a firework display and the production of a commemorative programme. The event will be open to all to attend, showcasing local produce and skills, promoting the Helmsdale and surrounding area and will attract visitors to the area.

Helmsdale & District Development Trust was awarded £30,000 towards the main build costs of refurbishing an existing old tennis court site situated in the village of Helmsdale into a modern two court multi-use all weather games area that will provide a major improvement to sport facilities for the area.

Pennyland School Parent Council was awarded £6,241.19 towards the costs of installing a polytunnel equipped with flooring, workbenches, raised beds, potting table and seed trays for the school children’s extra-curricular gardening club that will enable the club to grow a wider variety of vegetables, fruits and plants and to run activities all year round, irrespective of weather conditions. The benefits of the gardening club are to teach young people about food and nutrition, the environment and to encourage better and healthier lifestyles.

Lyth Arts Centre was awarded £27,330.00 towards costs of delivering a two-year young people education and engagement project that will deliver a programme of up to ninety artistic workshops annually in schools, community venues and at the arts centre, targeting young people in Caithness & North Sutherland using professional artists and practitioners. The project will also create a new part-time Outreach and Engagement Officer post to coordinate the workshops and develop the project to ensure that young people in Caithness & North Sutherland, particularly those from rural or disadvantaged areas have better opportunities to access a range of creative professional arts and culture activities and that talented young people can develop new skills and have access to development opportunities.

The CNSFund is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and distributes money to community organisations for projects that will increase the attractiveness of Caithness and north Sutherland as a place to live, work and invest. The Fund has a particular emphasis on achieving environment, social, culture and infrastructure improvements. Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis and information on how to apply can be found at www.cnsf.org.uk or by contacting the Fund Coordinator David Shearer on enquiries@cnsf.org.uk Tel: 07841 204 982.

CNSF Festive Break Office Closure Dates

The CNSFund office will be closed for the festive period from Friday 20th of December – Monday 6th of January.