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 £200,000  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 was established to oversee the distribution of the Spirit of Caithness resource budget which was informed by the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people in Caithness. 

Applications were accepted through three very different open grant making rounds; 'Sparks' which saw 18 awards to individuals or small unconstituted groups, 'On Your Marks' which saw 67 awards of up to £2,000 and 'Get Set' which saw 12 awards of up to £10,000.

In addition to reponding to applications, the Panel could release moneies through commissioning activity where the Panel felt a group could undertake work which would significantly benefit Fourteen participants. Two awards were made in this way, to Befriending Caithness and the CAithness Disabled Access Panel.

The three year programme finished off with an Awards Event. Previous awardees were invited to submit feedback on their grant and asked how they might continue their work if they were awarde an additional £1,000 by th public. 15 groups submitted information and the winners were selected by public vote. Over 700 people logged on to cast their votes. The awards event in September 2017 saw 6 groups awarded £1,000 and the remaining 9 were awarded £250 to contribute towards their work. 

Making A Difference

These are the outcomes that Spirit of Caithness wants to leave behind as a legacy. .

  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



The final deadline fhas passed and no more applications can be accepted. 


How to Apply

On Your Marks!

Now closed.


Now closed.

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!

Berriedale Portland Hall Committee

  • To provide a monthly lunch club for befriendees with Befriending Caithness.
  • Amount Awarded £1,410

Health Issues in the Community

  • To fund printing costs of a leaflet signposting people who may be lonely or isolated to local groups/services and organisations which may be able to help.
  • Amount Awarded: £325

British Horse Society

  • To hold two workshops, one in Thurso and one in Wick, to raise awareness and understanding of public outdoor recreational access rights and responsibilities.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,551.50 

Thurso Town Improvements Association

  • To purchase Santa hats for use during the Christmas parade.
  • Amount Awarded: £200

Lyth Arts Centre

  • To host two dance and/or theatre workshops for disabled children and young adults.
  • Amount Awarded: £1,200
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