Strathy North - Joint Community Fund

Through the Strathy North wind farm we provide £170,000 every year to community and charitable projects. Between 2014 and 2039 we expect to invest £4.25m in local projects.

You can apply for a grant if you are:

  • A legally constituted community group;
  • A non-profit organisation; or
  • A registered charity.

Within the community council areas of:

  • Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra;
  • Melvich; or
  • Strathy and Armadale.

We can support projects which build the sustainability of the local communities as vibrant places to live, work and visit and support the development of a range of activities and services available to the community such as:

  • The running costs of groups;
  • Employees or essential workers;
  • Cost consultations and feasibility studies;
  • Events and festivals;
  • The cost of purchasing equipment; or
  • Maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities.

Sorry we can’t support projects which:

  • Have a political or religious purpose;
  • Subsidise the costs of energy consumption;
  • Are for purposes adverse to SSE's interests;
  • Replace statutory funding; or
  • Support individuals for their personal gain.
How much How to apply
£1 - £500                                                                                                                                                 Applications for grants up to £500 can be made through a micro-grant scheme through Strathy and Armadale Community Council. Strathy and Armadale Community Council will receive applications directly and will make decisions on any micro-grants awarded in its area. Micro grants are open to individuals, constituted and non-constituted groups to apply.
£500 - £10,000 Main grant application form
£10,001 - £25,000 Main grant application form
Over £25,000 Contact Community Investment Advisor to discuss project, prior to submitting a grant proposal form, then at the panels agreement strategic grant application and presentation to the panel

For more information on applying for the grants please see our Guidelines.

Main Grants (£500 - £10,000)

These grants will support community activity that is often related to one off critical items or that enables a group to continue providing the core activity it provides. Groups sometimes enter leaner periods and it is quite legitimate for them to seek funding from the Strathy North Community Fund. These grants can also support community activity that will be an extension, pilot or development of what is currently being provided by the group. It may also include an attempt to work in partnership with another local group so the one grant may, in effect, help resource two groups.

Large Grants (£10,001 - £25,000)

Large investments will be planned investments in specific projects or organisations and may involve funding beyond a one year period. Large grants should involve, but not be restricted to, applications for projects which have a long-term impact on the communities involved. The maximum level of grant award will be capped at £25,000.

Strategic Grants (over £25,000)

Contact the Community Investment Fund Manager for the fund, to discuss your project. Any application for a strategic grant will be subject to a two stage application process taking over 6 months depending on grant deadlines and panel meeting dates. In the first instance, applicants will be asked to complete an outline proposal form for consideration by the Panel. A proposal form submitted within a round deadline will go to the next panel meeting. The Panel will then decide whether it wishes the applicant to submit a full application for funding, or not. Applicants who are advised to submit a full application may also have to deliver a short presentation to the panel, on their project and application.

An advisory panel – made up of local residents and representatives from the three community council areas – has been established and decides how grants are awarded.

Application deadline Decisions made by
28 February Mid-April
30 June End of August
31 October Mid-December


Fund update

Fund balance remaining: £69,991.91

Awards granted at last panel meeting:

£4,500 Melvich Primary Parent Council -: Purchase stage for school hall

£3,691 Far North Awesome Actors Society -: Costs towards stage lighting and shared storage container

£7,000 Forsinard Fly Fishers Club -: Funds towards boats and fishing equipment

£15,000 Portskerra Harbours with Melvich Community Council -: Refurbish slip and create a hardstanding for turning

£15,000 Melvich and Portskerra War Memorial Committee -: Refurbish the war memorial and upgrade the access

£10,000 Tongue and Farr Sports Association -: Funds towards essential maintenance and training

£9,192 Feis air an Oir -: to hold a residential weekend of Gaelic music and culture and purchase 2 Clarsach

£4,000 Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra Community Council -: to fund evening classes at Farr School

£3,000 Tongue and Farr Sports Association - : a contribution towards extending the fence at the MUGA in Bettyhill


Who can I contact for further information?

Fiona Morrison, Community Funds Manager

T: 01463 728376