Volunteer Recruitment Support & Development Officer

A job opportunity has appeared! The Dunbeath Preservation Trust has a great job post they are offering, more information below! Do not hesitate on this brilliant job offer!

Co-Operation with Co-Op

A list of community groups and activities, a website created by Co-Op to promote local area activities and make it easier to find them.

A Link to the website: https://co-operate.coop.co.uk/

A video describing what they are about:

BBC Children In Need are pausing their main and small grants programme

Over the last 12 months BBC Children in Need (CiN) have been developing a new strategy for grant making, which will be launched in Spring 2022. This will include changes which will help them:

  • Improve accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Make it easier for projects to apply for funding.
  • Help them put Children and Young people at the heart of everything they do
  • Remain UK wide but work locally in communities across the country.

Due to this new strategy, they are pausing their Main and Small Grants Programme for new applications. However, they will be making some grants in early 2022 and continuing to fund and manage around 2,500 grants. They will be sharing more details in spring 2022

North Highland Initiative Fund

The North Highland Initiative’s Community Infrastructure Support Programme has been set up to provide grants of up to £1,000 for small initiatives in the community, tourism and support sectors in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty. Once again, a valuable and welcome partner in this work has been Dounreay, which has committed vital financial support to the program. This specific assistance is aimed at enabling many small communities in this area to become better prepared for the 2021 tourism season and beyond through the development of small – scale infrastructure projects. What kind of projects can we assist? Well, we are able to look at a wide range of items – “Infrastructure” can cover everything from new waste bins to community tree planting! The programme will consider grants of up to £1000 which fit at least one of the following priorities:

  • Litter and waste capacity within the local area, including Public toilets & Motorhome facilities
  • Environmental Improvements & the encouragement of Biodiversity
  • Creation and identification of designated visitor parking areas, esp. for larger vehicles
  • More effective visitor signage and information on local facilities / amenities
  • Community well – being: This makes our communities better places to live and work, bringing about a stronger community infrastructure as part of this.
  • To find out how to apply go to http://www.northhighlandinitiative.co.uk/support-programme-infrastructure

Caithness HTSI Survey

Help us spread this survey by sharing to help HTSI understand contribution of the third sector in the Highlands! Thank you.
The 2021 Highland Third Sector Census aims to expand our knowledge of the third sector in the Highlands, helping the public sector, funders and wider third sector to further understand the size, shape, and contribution of the third sector in the Highland.
We would like to invite your group to take part in the 2021 Third Sector census. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and all questions are optional.


Rural Community Engagement Fund

Support in Mind Scotland has been funded by the Scottish Government to work with them to improve the mental wellbeing of people in rural communities as we all recover from the pandemic. This fund is part of a larger community engagement project, working directly with people in local communities to raise awareness, identify need and work collectively to develop creative local solutions to address local needs. This Grants Scheme is designed to fund creative local ideas that develop as communities work together to protect and support the people most excluded as we recover from Covid. 


Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural* Communities are now able to apply for micro grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches.  The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic and are particularly aimed at:  

·        People who are marginalised and experience health inequalities due to factors such as poverty and social deprivation  

·        People who face multiple layers of inequality within specific marginalised groups: 

o   Refugees and Asylum Seekers  

o   Young Carers  

o   LGBTI+ communities

Round 1: open  11th January – close 31 March 2022 

Round 2: open 1st April – close 15 July 2022 

Round 3: open 1st August – close 21 October 10th January 2022 and all funding awarded must be spent by end March 2023, with final reports and evaluations completed by end June 2023.  To find out more go to https://www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk rnovak@supportinmindscotland.org.uk>

Tesco Community Grants

You can join a Tesco Community Grants – relaxed Q and A session with a chance to meet the Community Enabler Team who can support you to apply. 1pm Wed 19 Jan 2022

greenspace scotland are hosting a Zoom lunchtime session to give an overview of Tesco Community Grant funding; what types of projects are funded, how to apply and support we can provide. If you’d like to know more or are thinking about applying, then please join our friendly Community Enabler team. Bring your own sandwich and cuppa! The session is up to an hour to allow for questions but feel free to pop in for any length of time that works for you. There will be a presentation at the start.

Sign up free via Eventbrite – https://tescocommunitygrantsinfo.eventbrite.co.uk <https://tescocommunitygrantsinfo.eventbrite.co.uk

Tesco Community Grants is a rolling programme that provides grants up to £1500 to support projects focused on supporting children/ young people/families and tackling food insecurity through local initiatives such as breakfast and lunch clubs or food growing, cooking skills and food distribution. It is open to schools, registered charities, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations. The next round of grant funding will cover April/May/June 2022 when customers will be able to vote instore and choose from 3 shortlisted projects. Previously Tesco Bags of Help.

More info about the grants and your local Community Enabler can be found here: https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/grant-funding <https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/grant-funding>

Need to contact us?

A reminder on how to get in contact with us! Due to Covid, our landline is no longer in use, but we have a web page displaying all of our members contact details. If you need to contact us for a specific reason drop a message to our Facebook group and we will get you on the right track.

Web Page – https://cvg.org.uk/staff-contacts/

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/caithvolgroup/?ref=pages_you_manage