PR Grant Awards 2020-R4 2021-R1

PRESS RELEASE CNSF2021PR038 (03-03-2021)

COMMUNITY GROUPS BENEFIT FROM CNSFUND GRANTS

The CNSFund has committed over £79k to community groups in Caithness & North Sutherland in its recent grant rounds.   Funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, a wide range of community-led projects throughout the Dounreay travel to work area are to benefit from the grant support.

Strathnaver Museum has been granted £30,000 towards the costs of installing professional interpretation designs that will create new, innovative exhibition displays and improvements to access and visitor flow, as part of the museum’s major redevelopment plans.

Strathnaver Museum Project Manager Fiona Mackenzie said “We are delighted to have this support from CNSF to install professional interpretation which will establish Strathnaver as a world class visitor attraction. By creating new displays and better visitor facilities we will improve access to the collection and enhance the visitor experience, helping to tell the story of north west Sutherland for everyone to enjoy.”

Other grant awards included £24,216 to Farr North Community Development Trust to help with the costs of establishing the new development body, which has been recently formed following a community consultation.   The grant will be used towards the community trust appointing a manager and development officer in order to take forward numerous development priorities identified in local community plans.

Advocacy Highland was awarded £11,283.50 to establish a Young People’s Advocacy Pilot Project in Caithness & North Sutherland that will help to support young people aged 11-16yrs old who are in need of advocacy support.

Wick Gala Committee saw £5.356.80 awarded to help refurbish the Wick Riverside Boating Shed roof to protect and improve the community building that will enable the gala body to continue to make use of the facility as a safe and secure base to run the annual gala as well as to support other community activities.

Reay Golf Club was granted £5,000 to refurbish its clubhouse exterior that will preserve and enhance the golf club building to provide an attractive and modern recreational facility for the community and visiting golfers to enjoy.

Farr High School Parent Council was awarded £4,029.80 to help deliver a creative project involving local children to design and construct iconic sculpture signposts to install at each of the North Coast Campus schools.  The purpose of the sculptures are to represent and promote the culture and heritage of the North Sutherland school campus.

Gillian Coghill, CNSFund Chairperson said “We commend the efforts of these community groups who are working hard to deliver improvements for our communities, particularly during these challenging times.  We continue to look forward to supporting worthy proposals that meet our improvement aims, to help ensure Caithness & North Sutherland is an attractive place and in turn has a sustainable future.’’ 

The CNSFund 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.

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.

CNSF 2020 AGM REPORT

The CNSFund 2020 AGM Report can be downloaded from the following link:

CNSFund 2020 AGM Report

Chairperson’s Report

I am pleased to present my report for 2020 which is the
ninth year of the Fund’s operation. Since the last AGM,
the Fund has held four assessment meetings and has
assessed 24 applications, awarding a total of £353,303 to
20 deserving community projects. Compared to the
previous year for the same period, this shows an increase
in the level of applications and grant money committed.
This year has seen the highest level of annual investment
by the Fund for many years and is testament to the hard
work of people who are determined to deliver
improvements for their communities. When ‘leverage’
funding is taken into account – because most projects
rely on more than one funder – the total value of projects
enabled by the Fund this year is £1.3Million. Since its first
year of operation in 2012, the Fund has awarded
£2,540,303 to projects which make Caithness and North
Sutherland a better place to live, work and invest.

The level of enquiries has remained relatively consistent
compared to the previous year, which is encouraging to
see given the pandemic. However, the pandemic has had
an impact on the implementation of most of the projects
that have been awarded grants this year, with the
delivery of some being delayed while others, particularly
events, have been rescheduled to take place in the
following year. We are continuing to work with groups
on revising their project schedules.

This year, the Fund received an additional £9,000 after
the NDA put in place an annual uplift to the Fund to cover
inflation. The annual uplift is calculated using the retail
price index and will be updated annually until the NDA’s
funding commitment to the programme ends. This is a
welcome boost to the funds available to benefit our
communities.

In addition to the quarterly assessment meetings, the
Board also held its annual review meeting in February
2020 and found that the Fund’s application process,
evaluation criteria and level of applications coming
forward were evidenced to be working well in order to
meet the objectives of the Fund. Recorded feedback
from applicants was also reviewed and this feedback
continues to be extremely positive. The Fund’s audit
findings continue to be consistently good, which gives
assurance that the Fund is being well run.

The Fund carried out an open recruitment process for
candidates to fill the Board vacancy as a result of Jim
MacGregor’s scheduled retirement. Jim has completed
two consecutive terms of office and served as Chair and
Vice-Chair during his time as a director. The directors are
gratified by the interest shown in the vacancy on the
Board and the outcome is that Fiona Forbes is
nominated for election as an appointed director at this
year’s AGM. I wish to record my thanks to Jim
MacGregor for his valuable contribution to the work of
the Fund over the years.

I also thank the Fund’s NDA Observer Anna MacConnell
who stepped down from the NDA in December. Anna
was involved in the formative stages of the Fund and her
guidance and support throughout the programme has
been invaluable. We welcome David Wallace as the
Fund’s new NDA Observer.
Our Board of Directors works well and I would like to
thank my fellow Directors for their support during the
year. Because of the pandemic they have had to put in
place alternative arrangements in order to ensure that
the Fund has been able to continue with its grant
assessment schedule.

I also thank Mary-Jane Statham and DSRL for providing
use of DSRL’s conference call provision to allow us to
continue to conduct our meetings while social
restrictions are in place.

It is through the efforts of our staff that the Fund has
been able to operate effectively during this difficult
year. Owing to the pandemic our office has been closed.
David Shearer, Fund Coordinator, and Paula Davidson,
Grants Administrative Assistant, have worked from
home and I thank them for their flexibility and the
considerable efforts they have willingly made.

Local community groups have shown great resilience
during the current pandemic. Developing sound project
proposals is a demanding task in the best of times and
the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have made
the process more difficult in many ways. It is important
to acknowledge the efforts of community volunteers
who have had their projects postponed and have had to
undertake extra work to reschedule or make alternative
arrangements as a result of the pandemic.

In these difficult times the need for investment in our
communities has never been greater. For this reason, I
would like to conclude by strongly encouraging
community groups to come forward with proposals
which meet the objectives of the Fund. Finally, I would
also like to remind communities that a successful
application to CNSF demonstrates that the proposal has
been scrutinised and approved at a local level and this
fact can help unlock grant aid from other funders.

David Glass – Chair.

 

 

CNSFund Festive Break Office Closure Dates

The CNSFund office will be closed for the festive period from Wednesday 23rd of December – Wednesday 6th of January.

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 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.