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15/3/2013
Highland landmarks to go dark during WWF’s Earth HourThumbnail for article : Highland landmarks to go dark during WWF’s Earth Hour
Earth Hour.   At 8.30pm on Saturday 23rd March, hundreds of millions of people will turn off their lights for one hour across the globe, in a symbolic show of support for action on climate change and for a more sustainable future.  
15/3/2013
Seal Takes In The Sights Of WickThumbnail for article : Seal Takes In The Sights Of Wick
THIS seafarer might not be quite as big as his walrus cousin which visited the shores of North Ronaldsay but he still turned a few heads when he came up river to sample the spring sunshine below Wick town bridge.  The seal settled on a rock only a few yards from the bank and appeared to lap up the attention from passers-by and photographers.  
14/3/2013
Top 6 reasons that great projects don't get their grantsThumbnail for article : Top 6 reasons that great projects don't get their grants
The Big Lottery has published this video to help[ groups avoid the pitfalls of a failed application.   If you are applying for one of BIG Scotland's small or medium size grants (mostly up to £10k, some up to £50k), we usually wait until after we have offered you a grant before asking for supporting information about your group/organisation.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Sharing Heritage
SHARING HERITAGE The Sharing Heritage programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.   You can apply for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  
14/3/2013
Funding From TSB - Skype Surgeries
TSB FOUNDATION FOR SCOTLAND - SKYPE SURGERIES TSB Foundation for Scotland is holding a small number of surgeries on Skype which will allow people from anywhere in the country to have an appointment.  These will be run in exactly the same way as the Foundation's face to face surgeries, with groups making an appointment in advance for a specific time.  
14/3/2013
Top tips for Highland consumers to keep food fresher for longer
The Highland Council is working alongside Zero Waste Scotland to help raise awareness of the benefits of food packaging and show consumers how packaging and labels can help them waste less and save more.  The average household can save £430 a year, or £35 a month simply by making the most of the food we buy.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - For Gommunity Groups & Charities
SCOTMID CO-OPERATIVE COMMUNITY GRANTS Scotmid Co-operative''s Community Grant scheme gives support to local communities served by Scotmid and Semichem stores.  They will consider applications from community groups and charities supporting projects in any of the following categories: children and education; health; fairtrade; homelessness and poverty; arts and culture; the environment; elderly people and active lifestyles.  
14/3/2013
Calling all dog owners – get your dog a good name!
As spring approaches, dog owners are being encouraged to pick up after their dog when out and about.   The latest national radio campaign from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) begins this week, focussing on the issues surrounding dog waste, as part of ongoing work to publicise access rights and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Peope's Postcode Small Grants
PEOPLE'S POSTCODE TRUST SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME The People''s Postcode Trust has announced its Small Grants Programme is now closed and will re-open for applications on the 7th April 2013.   Through its small grants programme, the People''s Postcode Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Young People
THE BENJAMIN GAUTREY FOUNDATION The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation aims to help young people (under the age of 21 years).  The Trustees have four priorities:- supporting young people to enjoy sport in their free-time, whatever their background; support to young people to allow them to participate safely in sport; the provision of safety, protection and medical assistance of participants, officials and spectators at Motorcycle Sports Events in the UK and University Scholarships to students who wish to further their careers within the railway industry in conjunction with Network Rail and Keltbray.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Poetry and Literature
CLORE DUFFIELD FOUNDATION: POETRY AND LITERATURE AWARDS OPEN TO APPLICATION The fifth round of the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards is now open to applications from schools, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations to help provide poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK.   The overall objective of the programme is to provide young people under the age of nineteen with the opportunity to experience poetry, literature, and creative writing both inside and outside of school, in compelling and exciting forms.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Artists Project Earth Grant
ARTISTS PROJECT EARTH (APE) Application Deadline: 31 March 2013 The Artists Project Earth Grant is provided and administered by The Artists Project Earth (APE) and is available for TSOs active in the UK.   The scheme is intended to support charitable originations undertaking projects and awareness raising initiatives to combat climate change and raise funds for natural disaster relief.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Peoples Millions
PEOPLES MILLIONS From March 13th groups across Scotland have the chance to win £50k to make a difference in their communities and turn dreams into reality as The People's Millions launches for 2013.   The Peoples Millions is an annual TV competition run by Big Lottery Fund and STV which funds community projects which will improve the lives of local people.  
14/3/2013
Funding Opportunity - Carnegie Challenge Fund
CARNEGIE CHALLENGE FUND MThe Carnegie UK Trust has announced the launch of its Carnegie Challenge Fund.  The Carnegie Challenge is a fund to enable not-for-profit organisations to put on a high calibre debate to raise the profile and impact of a conference or event which they are organising.  
13/3/2013
Volunteers get to work planting for the futureThumbnail for article : Volunteers get to work planting for the future
Members of the Caithness Countryside Volunteers met last Sunday (10th March 2013) to help plant trees and wild flowers at the ‘Planting for the Future’ site at Ormlie, Thurso.   The volunteers planted a range of broadleaf trees including rowan and beech and planted wildflowers such as fox glove and cowslip to help provide useful habitat to wildlife at the site.  
13/3/2013
Do You Need Some Financial Help For Educational Purposes And Live in Caithness?
If you live in Caithness small grants are available for wide range or educational purposes and course.   Check it out.  
13/3/2013
Scottish sharks to be tracked for a second year
Scientists are to extend a popular basking shark tracking project for another year, it was announced today.   For the last seven months the public have been able to follow the progress of eight of the giant sharks online, after they were tagged off the west coast of Scotland in July last year.  
11/3/2013
SNH’s ‘natural knowhow’ delivers fun factsThumbnail for article : SNH’s ‘natural knowhow’ delivers fun facts
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is stockpiling a long list of odd and fascinating facts about nature and then sharing them through social media.   The idea is part of the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland celebrations The facts include the oldest tree in Scotland, the mammal that eats 3000 midges a night, the plant only found in Scotland, and evidence of the largest meteor to hit Britain.  
11/3/2013
Wild Skies Weekend 15th - 16th MarchThumbnail for article : Wild Skies Weekend 15th  - 16th March
"In mid March Caithness Astronomy Group have a weekend of free events planned for skywatchers in the far North of Scotland.  The highlights include two public talks by Professor Andy Lawrence of Edinburgh University and the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, and the chance to view a comet in the twilight sky after sunset.  
11/3/2013
New Playpark at KeissThumbnail for article : New Playpark at Keiss
The new playpark at Keiss opened recently after lots of fund raising and grant applications by a local committee.   the new area has plenty to keep the kids occupied and the area has been generously covered in safety matting with grass growing through it to make for softer landings after slips and falls..