Who we support

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 usually awarded in the Summer. Since 2011 the Association has:






individuals supported


groups supported

In previous years we have supported:


At our 2019 AGM we agreed to donate over £3,000 this year to the following worthy applicants:

1st Golspie Guides – £200, towards travel, camp and equipment costs.

Sutherland Care Forum – £500, towards travel costs to run their mobile footcare service in east Sutherland.

Move It Monster Club, Brora, £240, for gym hire to run an activities club for children with Additional Support Needs.

Brora Community Theatre Group, £240, to purchase a portable PA system and two microphones for use at community events.

Dornoch Festival Week Tea Dance, £250, sponsorship of the catering costs for the 2019 Festival Week intergenerational Tea Dance event.

Durness Village Hall, £500, to purchase a portable PA system for use at local music and entertainment events.

Skerray Village Hall, £500, towards the village hall WC refurbishment project.

Isobel Murray John, Lairg, £580, to cover the cost of flights to Tanzania to attend an unpaid law internship at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £3,100 this year to the following worthy applicants:

1st Brora Cubs: £200 towards the travel cost for the group to attend Dalguise activity centre.

1st Golspie Brownie Guides: £280 to purchase a tent for camping activities.

Dornoch Allsorts Afterschool Club: £200 to contribute to the cost of running a Woodland Live Action Role Play Activity, including costume making, writing scripts, culminating in a site specific piece of interactive theatre.

Dornoch Festival Week: £200 to assist funding new activities and resources for children during Festival Week.

Dornoch Firth Campus: £150 to pay for around 80 pupils in P7-S2 from the Dornoch Firth Campus to attend workshops about the Clearances at Timespan in Helmsdale as part of an inter-disciplinary learning event.

Feis Chataibh (Golspie): £300 to assist with purchase of three keyboards for workshops and performances.

Golspie High School: £360 to assist transport costs with 24 pupils going to Outward Bound Trust outdoor centre in Loch Eil Centre.

Alexander Murray John (Lairg): £300 to attend the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) Summer Course in Merchiston School.

Lairg and District Learning Centre: £300 for Gaelic classes for children in the community to raise awareness and usage of Gaelic language, art and literature.

Connie Mackinnon (Bonar Bridge): £400 to assist with accommodation for a self-funded research project in Professor Dan Walker’s research lab at the University of Glasgow.

Rosehall Primary School: £200 to create a school vegetable garden with raised beds, grow seasonal produce including the purchase raised bed kits, garden equipment, seeds and plants.

Sutherland Provincial Mod: £244 purchase of three prize quaichs engraved by the Association.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £3,085 this year to the following worthy applicants:


Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, £250 to support the cost of outdoor events for local

families at Falls of Shin.

Sutherland Schools Pipe Band, £200 towards the cost of uniforms, as well as piping and

drumming supplies.

Golspie High School, £350 to pay for the hire of a bus to take pupils and French exchange

students to Landmark.

Dornoch Heritage SCIO, £125 to cover the cost of folders for Ancestry Packs at HistoryLinks


Kinlochbervie Football Team, £300 towards transport costs for away games.

Strathnaver Hall Committee, £400 to support a project to collect and collate oral history about

the resettlement of Strathnaver after the Clearances.

Lori Macleod, Tongue, £200 to assist student with voluntary mental health placement in Sri


1st Brora Scouts, £400 to assist with sending local scouts to International Friendship Camp in


Chrisanne McCulloch, Strathnaver, £200 to assist Glasgow School of Art student with cost of

art materials.

Connie Mackinnon, Bonar Bridge, £360 to assist Glasgow University student pay for a month

of accommodation in Glasgow for summer research project into Cystic Fibrosis.

Caladh Sona, Talmine, £300 towards the purchase of a powered wheelchair.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £2,500 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

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.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £2,200 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

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.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £2,000 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

£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 Scouts 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.


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £1,600 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

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).


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £1,600 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

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).


At our AGM we agreed to donate over £1,200 this year to the following worthy applicants:  

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).