Cash boost for small community groups across Shetland

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Published: 05 May 2022

Cash boost for small community groups across Shetland

Fifteen small community groups are receiving grants of up to £5,000 from a funding scheme run by Shetland Charitable Trust (SCT).

One of the maximum awards goes to Shetland Heritage Association towards its plans to modernise. The association brings together a network of small history groups and is aiming to increase people’s involvement with Shetland’s heritage.

Shetland Girls Football gets a one off maximum award of £5,000 to help with the cost of girls’ teams travelling to Edinburgh last month to compete in the Caledonia Super Cup.

The Space2Face Shetland charity gets £4,974 as a contribution to its work helping repair the harm done by crime and conflict in the community.

Gulberwick, Quarff and Cunningsburgh Community Council runs a scheme to provide a free hot meal each week to local folk who are lonely or vulnerable. It receives a £4,500 grant boost.

These awards (see full list below) come from the SCT’s Small Grant Scheme for groups with a turnover of less than £50,000 a year. It focuses on projects seeking to reduce inequality and social exclusion in island life, which is the principle aim of all the SCT’s grant schemes.

Charitable trust chair Dr Andrew Cooper said: “It’s important that these groups of active volunteers can call on the trust for a bit of help with extra projects that they’ve put together to meet needs they’ve identified.”

The funding pot for the Small Grant Scheme was trebled in size in 2021-22 and stands at £100,000.

Larger charitable organisations are able to apply each year to the trust’s Main Grant Scheme, which is paying out £8.6 million this year to 29 local projects and organisations. A separate Capital Grants Scheme is providing help with the cost of major repairs and upgrades to large community buildings throughout Shetland.




For more information, contact John Robertson on 07775 407 796 or email









Shetland Charitable Trust 

Small Grant Scheme 2022/23



Award £


Cunningsburgh Football Club 


To replace the main full-size goals used on the pitch.

Gulberwick, Quarff and Cunningsburgh

Community Council


To continue providing a free hot meal once a week to vulnerable and lonely members of the community.

Islesburgh Sixty Plus Club 


To provide social, recreational and educational 

activities for people in the sixty-plus age group.

Multiple Sclerosis Society – Shetland Group 


To provide a fatigue management programme to help people with MS and those who have experienced stroke.

Northmavine Under 5s 


To provide a one-off grant to support running costs as the group recovers from the impact of Covid.

Shetland Classic Motor Show 


To provide a one-off grant award to allow entry fees to the 2022 show to be set at an affordable level, providing reduced/free entry to disadvantaged groups and providing access to exhibits for those with mobility issues. The provision of lower entry fees will support the show to get up and running again post-Covid.

Shetland Folk Society 


To support the annual Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year Competition

Shetland Girls Football 


To provide a one-off grant to assist with the travel and accommodation costs of taking Shetland Girls U13s and Shetland Girls U15s teams to compete in the Caledonia Super Cup.

Shetland Heritage



To bring Shetland Heritage Association into the 21st century and ensure its capacity to support the voluntary heritage sector in a digital world, increasing access to and interest in Shetland’s heritage.

Shetland Probus Club 


To subsidise the cost to members of the summer outings and the Christmas meal as well as offering complimentary places to deceased members’ widows.

Shetland Samaritans 


To ensure that the service is available to all in Shetland and can be delivered by volunteers from all parts of Shetland.

South Mainland  

Community Association – Senior Citizens


To provide monthly meetings for senior citizens in the district to allow them to meet together and socialise.



To support the following strands of their work:  criminal justice, people harmed, restorative circles and anger management courses.

Walls Regatta Club 


To supply and install a replacement fire alarm.

Yell Senior Leisure Club 


To ensure the club can continue to provide activities which are enjoyable, beneficial and affordable.




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