Community funding

SHETLAND charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for new funding from Scotland’s largest independent grant-making trust.

The Robertson Trust’s funding strategy for the next three years will go live from Monday and Shetland Partnership believes local groups can benefit significantly.

Partnership chairman Gary Robinson said the aims of the trust, which attempts to improve the lives of those in need, aligns with the recent work of Shetland’s Tackling Inequalities Commission.


The trust’s 2016-19 strategy covers three areas – care and wellbeing, strengthening communities and realising potential.

Robinson commented: “The strategy gives examples of the kinds of activities eligible for funding, many of which could apply here in Shetland – things like capital costs for upgrading community facilities or village halls, or community services to address issues around food poverty.

“Given the kind of pressures there are on the public purse nowadays, it’s important that we investigate every potential source of external funding, so I would encourage community groups and organisations to consider whether the Robertson Trust could be a source of significant funding for them.”

Those interested in learning more about the Robertson Trust’s funding should visit its website.