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Community / Councillors approve significant grants for six community projects

Lerwick Town Hall.

FUNDING worth up to nearly half a million pounds in total has been approved by councillors for six community projects in Shetland.

Elected members signed off on grant payments for six projects through the newly established Crown Estate fund at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday.

The money stems from revenue generated by Crown Estate assets around Shetland out to 12 nautical miles.

Scalloway Community Development Company’s plans for a campsite and caravan park at Asta were awarded up to £99,000.

It comes after the project was given around £250,000 from a Scottish Government fund.

The development company also received up to £81,000 from the Crown Estate fund to employ consultants and a project manager to undertake a feasibility study into potential regeneration of the village’s waterfront.

Westside food producers Transition Turriefield secured up to £96,569.76 for a three-year pilot project called Grow Shetland.

It aims to support a move towards being an equitable food community, with a focus on providing knowledge and skills around growing food.

Northmavine Community Development Company was awarded up to £82,660.90 for a growing local project, with aims to support locals in growing their own produce.

A grant of up to £59,400 was approved for South Nesting Boating Club for the second phase of its community marina project.

Global Yell Ltd secured up to £59,787 for the strategic network of excellence project, which will support research to encourage local development through textiles.

At Wednesday’s meeting councillors were full of praise for the projects.

Shetland Islands Council was allocated £1,008,679 in September 2019 and £1,359,806 in July 2020 from the net revenue generated by Scottish Crown Estate assets.

A grant aid scheme funded from this income was approved last year, with applications for funding worth more than £50,000 needing to approved by councillors.

The applications approved at Wednesday’s council meeting were the first to be brought in front of elected members since the fund was established.

Smaller funding requests totalling £184,672.54 have already been approved by council officers under delegated authority.