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A total of £8.6m will be paid out through the main grants scheme – an increase of £280,000 on the previous year

Shetland Charitable Trust headquarters at Lerwick's North Road. Photo: Shetland News

CLAN Cancer Support is one of a number of new organisations which are set to benefit from Shetland Charitable Trust’s main grants scheme.

The trust will pay out grants worth a total of £8.6 million to 29 projects and organisations in 2022/23.

This is up £280,000 on the previous year.

CLAN will receive £20,100 to help provide a dedicated service for children and families and Shetland.

Also benefitting for the first time is Who Cares? Scotland, which will receive £35,100 to support people who have experienced the care system.

Shetland Citizens Advice Bureau will also receive extra funding to start a new fuel poverty advice service.

SCT chair Dr Andrew Cooper said: “We are supporting many more local charitable organisations this year and next year than happened in the past.

“Their services make such a difference to community life. It’s great also to see excellent new proposals coming to us for backing, such as the fuel poverty advice service and the cancer support service.”

As usual, the biggest grants are reserved for the recreational, amenity and arts trusts, as well as the rural care model.

Shetland Charitable Trust chairman Andrew Cooper. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

The recreational trust will receive £3.2 million to support the cost of its leisure and sports facilities, whilst the council will get nearly £2 million to add value to community care provided in the isles.

Shetland Amenity Trust is set to receive £1.2 million while £682,500 has been earmarked for Shetland Arts.

Voluntary Action Shetland will receive a total of £358,000 across six projects.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau is in line to receive £272,300, which is a rise of 30 per cent to provide a fuel poverty advice service.

Social enterprise COPE Ltd has been awarded £230,600, while the local Women’s Aid branch is getting £100,000.

Nearly £77,000 has been allocated to mental health charity Mind Your Head, and the Royal Voluntary Service is getting £64,100.

Shetland Link Up has been awarded £56,700 to enable the organisation to offer an informal meeting place to support people affected by mental health problems.

Arts organisation GAADA has received £43,900 in core funding, while Ability Shetland has secured £40,000 to support a new disability sports development coordinator.

Other grants include £35,900 to employment organisation Moving On, £33,000 to Shetland Rape Crisis and £30,600 to Relationships Scotland’s local family connections project.

The Swan Trust will benefit to the tune of £28,300 for the cost of maintaining, operating and promoting the historic Swan sailing vessel.

British Red Cross is in line to receive £23,900 to go towards its community support service, while Dogs Against Drugs is getting £20,500 for its education programme.

The Sandwick Social and Economic Development organisation has also been awarded £15,600 to go towards the cost of providing one hot meal per week to vulnerable people in the Sandwick and Dunrossness communities.

Meanwhile Shetland Community Connections will receive £15,000 to provide additional capacity for its work on self-directed support for those transitioning from childhood to adulthood.

The smallest grant award is £4,000 for NSPCC Scotland’s Speak Out, Stay Safe education schools programme.

As well as the main grant awards, the trust operates two other schemes offering small grants and capital works grants to help with major repairs to key community buildings.