Helmsdale & District Development Trust (HDDT) began life some four years ago as a group of local residents united by the ambition to reverse the trend of decline which has been steadily eating away at the resources of this area over the past decades.
As a result of an extensive preliminary consultation carried out among the community, certain priorities were identified, and in order that these might be addressed effectively, the group proceeded to become a legally constituted development trust with charitable status, in 2012.
The business of the Trust is now managed by an elected board of 8 directors, including a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom are local residents, and give of their time to the Trust on a voluntary basis.
The day-to-day business of running the office, located in Helmsdale Community Centre, is in the hands of our Local Development Officer (LDO) Paul Harrington, whose post, currently funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), is essential for realisation of our projects, as most of the directors are in full-time employment.
Grants – Stronger Sutherland
DO YOU NEED UP TO £2,000 TO PUT AN IDEA INTO ACTION?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES THEN ‘STRONGER SUTHERLAND’ IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR PROJECT HAPPEN.
In total £15,000 has been made available for the ‘Stronger Sutherland’ initiative. If you live in Sutherland and have an idea about how to make your local area a better place, Stronger Sutherland is your chance to put your idea into action. £15,000 has been allocated for grants of £100 – £2000 to go towards projects that will benefit the local area.
Any community, voluntary or non-profit group can apply; projects can be large or small, the funding can be used to fund new projects or go towards bigger projects or ideas. You don’t have to come from an existing organisation to apply for this fund but all activities must benefit local people.
Projects that meet the eligibility criteria will be asked to present their ideas at a ‘Stronger Sutherland’ community event on Saturday 21 May, 10:30am in the Lairg Community Centre, where Sutherland residents will vote to decide which projects should be supported.
Application forms can also be downloaded from the Highland Council Website: http://www.highland.gov.uk/StrongerSutherland
If you need information or assistance with the application please contact
Frances Gunn/Ronnie Lansley, CVS North – 01971 511783
Christine Ross, Voluntary Groups – East Sutherland – 01408 633001
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS: 6PM FRIDAY 22ND APRIL 2016