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Registered Charity SC005766

Every year we invite charities and good causes related to and based in Sutherland to apply to The Edinburgh Sutherland Association for a donation from our funds. The committee then discuss the applicants at the AGM and monetary contributions are awarded in the Summer.


Apply for funding here giving details of your cause and a what the money will be spent on. Alternatively, contact us by email: [email protected]

Who we support

Donations made:

In 2016, the Committee agreed to donate £2,500 to good causes in Sutherland. Donations were made to:


  • The Assynt Fallen 1914-18, £150 towards researching the background to the men of Assynt who fell in 1914-18. The project is being undertaken by Dr and Mrs Bangor-Jones.

  • Fèis an Iar Thuath, Scourie, £300 towards the cost of their annual two day Gaelic music workshop event, which attracts children from across Sutherland.

  • Fèis Chataibh, Golspie, £270 to provide two new keyboards for children from across Sutherland who attend the Gaelic music workshops.

  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, £300 to support bringing Lost Treasure, an unfinished short film shot across Sutherland and mainly in and around Achmelvich made in 1955 with a newly commissioned soundtrack, home to Assynt. The Screen Machine will show the film in Lochinver on 25 August.

  • Billie Houldsworth, Lochinver, £200 to support student in outward bound sports teaching course and placement in South Africa.

  • North Coast Connection, £280 for equipment for Otago sessions for fall prevention for the elderly.Rosehall Primary School, £150 to allow pupils to work with David Hunter, Eden Court (Inverness) Creative Worker (Caithness and North Sutherland Drama) on a Green Screen Project. The funds will pay for the Eden Court Creative worker to come to the school.

  • Sutherland Sessions, Golspie, £300 towards music workshops providing opportunities for young local musicians to gain performance experience by running and promoting gigs at eclectic venues across Sutherland.

  • West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, £200 towards attendance at public events to inform people about life existing within the Sutherland waters.

  • Shannon Young, Farr, £100 to contribution towards rent, food and accommodation when on placement during nursing degree.

  • 1st Golspie Girl Guides, £250 to buy a tent for camping trips.



In 2015, the Committee agreed to donate £2,200 to good causes in Sutherland. Donations were made to:

  • Golspie Primary School PTA, £50 as a raffle prize to encourage additional uptake of tickets in their annual fundraising raffle.

  • Loth and Helmsdale Flower Show Society, £150 to purchase additional materials to widen participation by children and provide increased sustainability of resources year-on-year.

  • Centre for History, Dr David Worthington, £100 toward public engagement support costs for ‘Firths and Fjords: A Coastal History Conference’ taking place in Dornoch in April 2016

  • Feis an Iar Thuath, Scourie, £200 to help keep participation fees affordable for children participating in in Scourie.

  • Gledfield Primary School, Ardgay, £90 towards 8 lessons of Drama classes provided by Eden Court at the school.

  • Transport for Tongue, Tongue, £360 towards providing transport to Thurso for a Melness-based girl unable to take the necessary classes to apply to study Veterinary Medicine at University at her local school in Farr.

  • Dornoch Beach Regeneration and Improvement Group, £400 to cover the costs of  an eco-bench at the beach, to include an Edinburgh Sutherland Association plaque. This is part of a wider 3-phase regeneration scheme for the public areas at the beach to provide better use and improve visitor access.

  • The Sutherland Schools Pipe Band, £350  to pay for vital equipment for those participating in the Band competitions in Calgary, Canada.

  • The Strath Fleet Buttons & Bows, £300 to kit out 37 members of a beginners/intermediate accordion & fiddle group based in the Rogart Hall, Sutherland with fleeces for outdoor performances.

  • Feis Chataibh, Golspie, £200 to help part fund winter workshops for children providing tuition in traditional music and song.


In 2014, the Committee agreed to donate£2,000 to good causes in Sutherland.

Donations were made to:

• £100 to Fèis Ghallaibh, to assist with travel costs for young people in Melvich, Bettyhill and Skerray attending traditional music workshops.)

• £270 to Dornoch Allsorts After School Club, toward their annual Woodland Quest for children, part of their ‘Puddle Jumpers’ summer programme. The event, for children aged four to twelve is a real life outdoor adventure with monsters, baddies, stricken maidens and woodland escape.

•£260 to Scourie Community Development Company Ltd, towards the purchase of a bench for the Sports Pavilion.

•£260 to North Coast Connection, to assist with the purchase of equipment for the Kyle Centre in Tongue.  

•£300 to Lucie Treacher, to fund costumes for opera production The Fisherman’s Brides.  This young composer, based in Dornoch, premiered her latest production at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London this July.

•£260 to Fèis Chataibh, to assist in the continued success of the ever-popular Fèis in Golspie.

•£300 to Fèis an Iar Thuath to help fund participation fees for youth participants in Scourie.

•£150 to Strathnaver Museum towards the cost of a site marker and interpretive panel at Babinloskin, a significant place in the history and interpretation of the Highland Clearances.

•£100 for the Ross and Sutherland District Explorer Scout Botswana Expedition 2015. This money will go towards participation fees for a young female leader from the Brora Scout Group. This expedition will see Scouts participating with local communities in building a vital new water pump station, and establishing a Scout group in Botswana’s second-largest city of Francistown.


In 2013, the Committee agreed to donate £1,600 to good causes in Sutherland.

Donations were made to:

• Farr Edge 2000, Bettyhill (£425 towards funding two youth workers to provide

and develop activity clubs)

• Attitude Cheerleaders, Golspie (£375 towards new uniforms)

• Fèis an Iar Thuath, Scourie (£300 towards running costs)

• Rosehall Youth Club (£300 to keep the club running for younger children)

• Hope Gordon, Rogart (£200 to help this talented disability swimmer prepare

for the Commonwealth Games).


In 2012, the Committee agreed to donate £1,600 to good causes in Sutherland.

Donations were made to:

• Elphin, Ledmore and Knockan Community Association (£400)

• Tongue Football Pitch Project (£300)

• Feis Chataibh, Golspie (£250)

• Drumbeg Village Hall Committee (£250)

• Dunrobin Castle Piping Championships (£200)

• Tongue and Melness Youth Group Avatar Project (£200).


In 2011, the Committee agreed to donate £1,200 to good causes in Sutherland.

Donations were made to:

• Drumbeg Village Hall Committee (£300)

• Bonar Bridge OAP Group (£200)

• Brora Scout and Guide Hall Group (£200)

• Dunrobin Castle Piping Championships (£200)

• Dornoch Academy Drama Group (£200)

• Taigh na Gàidhlig Mhealanias (Mackay Country Gaelic Dictionary) (£100).

The Edinburgh Sutherland Association has been growing and developing in

recent years. We donated £400 in 2009; £800 in 2010; £1,200 in 2011; £1,600 in

2012; £1,600 in 2013, £2,000 in 2014, £2,200 in 2015 and £2,500 in 2016.