Spirit of Caithness

A Fourteen Community


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Spirit of Caithness is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Spirit of Caithness is the local name for the Fourteen programme in Caithness. The programme will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017

A Panel of local people has been established to oversee the distribution of the Spirit of Caithness resource budget which will be informed by the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people in Caithness. New Panel members, and additional volunteers will always be welcome.

The Spirit of Caithness has two grant making programmes which are open on a rolling programme so applications are always welcome. We try to turn these around as quickly as possible, usually within 6-8 weeks.

On Your Marks! awards grants of £250 - £2000. You are eligible to apply if you are a community organisation keen to run a project or activity that is in keeping with the spirit of the programme.

Sparks! is designed to support individuals or groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members. The Spark Grant award can be up to £500. Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks.

Making A Difference

These are the outcomes that Spirit of Caithness wants to leave behind as a legacy. So if you have a project in mind that might be a good fit for one or more of these outcomes you should consider applying.

  1. People’s personal wellbeing increases through participation

  2. Positive change in the perception of disabled people in communities (by both disabled and non- disabled people)

  3. Increased awareness in communities of the issues affecting disabled people

  4. Organisations connect people to activities (organisations or individuals) / make them aware of activities

  5. Role models inspire others to do more and better

  6. People feel more engaged in their local community and have a true sense of pride in the contribution they make to it

Spirit of Caithness hopes to achieve this kind of impact through focusing on four priority areas:

  1. Social action and volunteering;

  2. Grass roots sport and physical activity;

  3. Cultural activity and arts;

  4. Youth development

So do make sure your project fits with one or more of these outcomes and one or more of the priorities.



The final deadline for all applications is 15 November.


How to Apply

On Your Marks!

Please read the On Your Marks! guidance and the On Your Marks! Q&A's before applying, but if this is not possible for you, please do get it in touch, we want it to be accessible to everyone!

You can either apply online or download the application form.


Please read the Sparks Q&A before applying.

The Sparks! application form can be saved to your pc to be typed and emailed, or can be printed out and posted.

Over 18 Application Form

Young People Application Form

If you require any assistance, please contact Rosalind at Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300 or or Eilidh on 07801 530 218.




Latest Grants

On Your Marks!

Caithness Badminton

  • To fund travel to badminton campetitions in Orkney and elsewhere in the Highlands for 50 juniors and 10 adults.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

 Dunbeath and District Centre

  • To provide IT classess to local residents.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,995

Halkirk Village Council

  • To purchase and install a remote operated wall or ceiling mounted digital projecto and associated projection screen.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000 

Ormlie Community Association

  • To contribute to the cost of 6 trips for older adults over July - September 2017.
  • Amount Awarded: £2,000. 



Benjamin Rogers, Kirsty Lord and Danielle Sinclair

  • To fund travel and accommodation to attend the Internationl Pony Club Games in Ireland.
  • Amount awarded: £200 each.
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