Community / Nearly £60k awarded from winter activities fund so far

Mareel's screen one. Photo: Shetland Arts

NEARLY £60,000 has been distributed around Shetland to date through a new council fund designed to support communities this winter.

The largest grant award through Shetland Islands Council’s winter activities fund so far has been £10,000 to Shetland Arts to host free film screenings.

A grant of £9,742 was also given to the Cullivoe Public Hall for its ‘Keep Yell Warm This Winter’ project.

The fund was recently set up by the council to help community organisations provide activities this winter as the cost of living bites.

The money is coming from net revenues the council is allocated from Crown Estate Scotland assets.

The council said at the time that the grant scheme can “offer funding towards the costs of additional winter activities such as parent and toddler groups, soup and sandwich nights, wellbeing activities in the local hall, or offering facilities for local residents to enjoy a warm and welcoming space”.


Funds of £500 to £10,000 are available for revenue projects, and £500 to £2,000 for capital projects. The fund is open to applications now, and will close for submissions on 31 January for activities to take place before 31 March.

The council’s own youth service has received £7,600 for opening its Hub premises on Saturdays, while the Bigton Collective has been awarded just over £5,300 for winter activities in its Hymhus premises.

The Recovery Hub has been awarded £4,400 for a ‘Winter Welcome’ project, while the South Nesting Public Hall has received £4,184 for its Warm Space Nesting scheme.

Local charity Ability Shetland has received nearly £4,000 for a winter activity social club, as well as £977.50 for a Christmas family day.

Over in Levenwick the village club there has been given £3,735 for a ‘winter warmer’ project.

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The Sellafirth Hall has also received £3,000 for its community hub project.

The Unst Partnership is to benefit to the tune of £2,100 for a winter activities fund, while the Scalloway Youth and Community Centre has been awarded £1,500 for a social club.

A total of £950 has been given to the Aith and Bixter toddler group for winter activities, while the smallest grant given out so far (£856.83) has gone to Bressay Development Ltd for social afternoons at the Speldiburn.

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