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Funding Opportunity - Heritage Lottery Fund Start-up Grants
Start-up Grants can help in the early stages of planning your activities.  If your group isn't formally constituted yet, our funding can help you put in place the governance structure that's right for you.  
Funding Opportunity - To Promote Healthy Eating Within Low Income Communities
Community Food and Health (Scotland) has two funding opportunities available for groups and agencies in Scotland that wish to improve access to, and take up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet.   You can apply for either or both of these.  
Funding Opportunity - Agnes Hunter Trust Grants Programme
The Trust operates two grant programmes: the main grant programme and the small grant programme.  The main grant programme has a minimum grant level of £4,000.  
Funding Opportunity - To Support Education in Impoverished Areas
The British & Foreign School Society gives grants to charities for educational activities.  Grants for education projects are given up to a total of around £600,000 in any one year.  
Funding Opportunity - To Build Resilient Economies
Funding to Build Resilient Economies The Friends Provident Foundation provides financial support to projects that promote a more resilient, sustainable and fairer economic system.   Support is available through the Foundation for projects that aim to transform current financial systems in an ‘engine' for social benefits.  
Lybster Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Lybster Gala 2016
The weather was not good with torrential rain for the 60th Lybster Gala night.   Everything moved into the hall but once crowing of the queen was over the sun came out and it was outside for pipe band and procession..  
Pennyland Litter PickersThumbnail for article : Pennyland Litter Pickers
Recently Primary 2 and Primary 6 pupils of Pennyland Primary School in Thurso, buddied up to tackle a serious issue in their local environment - rubbish! Many of the children were shocked at the amount of litter they encountered.   In just 45 minutes 14 black sacks were filled with not only litter but many other items such as a large fluorescent light bulb and a royal mail box.  
Castletown Gala 2016 - PhotosThumbnail for article : Castletown Gala 2016 - Photos
The 2016 Castletown Gala took place in sunshine unlike Lybster where the downpour forced the early part of the event into the village hall..  
Highland Young Philanthropists Secure £72,000 in Funding for Local Charities
Winning secondary school teams from across Scotland recently attended the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland's "Festival of Philanthropy" at Perth Concert Hall (on 21 June).   This year 24 of the 27 Highland based schools took part in the YPI programme and their winning teams were at the national event to celebrate their success and the inspirational way they have become involved in prominent social issues within their local area.  
Lybster Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Lybster Gala 2016
Lybster Gala 2016.   See the Photo Gallery above.  
Thurso Gala 2016Thumbnail for article : Thurso Gala 2016
The crowds were out in force for Thurso Gala 2016 night on Saturday 25 June 2016.   The change of venue to the car park area seems to have been a good one with much wider space for all the activities.  
Pulteneytown Academy Open Day - A Final Look RoundThumbnail for article : Pulteneytown Academy Open Day - A Final Look Round
Pulteneytown Academy will soon be no more when it joins with South School under its new name of Newton Park and moves to a brand new school.   An open day was held to allow anyone including former pupils to have final look around the old school before it gets demolished later this year to make way for a new playing field for the new school.  
Additional Support Needs Funding Levels To Be Sustained
The Highland Council has confirmed that it will sustain the current funding for Additional Support Needs in Primary and Secondary Schools for the new school year - 2016/17.   While the Council has taken measures to address a £40m budget gap, it will not require to reduce the funding to schools for children with additional needs.  
224 projects benefit from equality funding
£20.3 million to tackle discrimination across Scotland.   224 projects will benefit from more than £20 million in funding to drive forward Scotland's equality agenda in 2016-17.  
Wick to host Caithness District Partnership - Friday, 24th June
On Friday, 24th June the Caithness District Partnership will meet in Wick and issues to be discussed will include updates on Child Care Mapping by the Children's Services Manager and on the Self-Managed Development Fund approvals.  A presentation will be made by Poppy Scotland on their Welfare Services and there will be an opportunity to hear from Michelle Johnstone the recently appointed NHS Highland Area Manager for Caithness and Sutherland.  
Lifeboat Day At Wick HarbourThumbnail for article : Lifeboat Day At Wick Harbour
Lifeboat Day at Wick Harbour saw the usual big crowds to hear the pipe band, watch the dancing and buy from the many stalls.   This was the last lifeboat day before many changes happen around the harbour including the demolition of the fish market and removal of the lifeboat offices as new work to build new offices begin around August..  
Walk to help prevent heart diseaseThumbnail for article : Walk to help prevent heart disease
The British Heart Foundation is currently funding over £100 million of research into fighting heart and circulatory disease, which takes the lives of over 15,700 people in Scotland each year.   Research has shown that being physically inactive can increase your risk of heart disease and so we're calling on everyone in Scotland to put their best foot forward and sign up to Just Walk.  
Extra Quilting Workshop Due To High DemandThumbnail for article : Extra Quilting Workshop Due To High Demand
The quilting workshop in Wick on Friday this was completely booked out on the first day it was advertised.   Consequently another one has been arranged for Saturday 25th June, 10.30am - 12.30pm.  
Have You Joined HighLife Highland Yet?Thumbnail for article : Have You Joined HighLife Highland Yet?
Check it all out at   High Life Highland is a charity registered in Scotland, formed on the 1st October 2011 by The Highland Council to develop and promote opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and well-being across 9 services throughout the whole of the Highlands, for both residents and visitors.  
Girnigoe Castle From AboveThumbnail for article : Girnigoe Castle From Above
Sinclair & Girnigoe Castle is located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness in Scotland.  For more information visit Video produced by Maciej Winiarczyk Check out his Facebook page for more videos at Caithness Castles at