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Caithness Voluntary Group Funding Workshops

22nd January 2009

LEADER funding workshops are being arranged by Caithness Voluntary Group for venues in Wick and Thurso at the end of this month.

The sessions, which are free of charge, are being presented by Highland LEADER development officer Fiona Cameron.

They will take place in Wick Youth Club on Thursday, January 29, and in Thurso Youth Club the following day. Both workshops run from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Groups can also arrange appointments for a for one-one meeting with Fiona after the presentations.

To book a place on either workshop, and an appointment for a one-one chat afterwards, contact Yvonne Hendry at CVG, Telford House, Williamson Street, Wick (telephone 01955 609960 or email yvonne[AT]

The Highland LEADER programme is now open for groups to apply for funding. LEADER is an EU fund that aims to promote economic and community development in rural areas.
In Caithness, decisions will be made by the local area group for applications up to 50,000. Applications over 50,000 will be decided at Highland level.

The overall aim of the LEADER programme in Caithness is to enable people to realise their ambitions and live in communities where they can fulfil their personal, social and economic potential. Applications are open to constituted groups, social enterprises, public agencies and private individuals.

There are eight themes. These are:
Local development strategies.
Culture and heritage.
Training and learning opportunities.
Access to activities, facilities and services.
Land, environment and access to the countryside.
Social enterprise and micro-businesses.

For further information on the LEADER programme, go to or contact Fiona Cameron, local development officer, at the Highland Council, Drummuie, Golspie, KW10 6TA (email fiona.cameron4[AT]


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