In this section, we aim to provide groups with information, tips and where to go for help when developing a community project.
In addition to the staff in the Grants Unit, there are other officers in the department who can assist you with a wide range of tasks including applying for grant assistance, project planning, constitution matters and training, to name but a few. Find out how to to contact your local office.
Six Steps to a Good Grant Application
To assist you with planning and developing capital projects please refer to the attached document. This guide sets out the main aspects that committees need to consider and address when starting a large project. Click here to download it (PDF 161KB)
Shetland Community Portal
The Shetland Community Portal is designed to provide up to date information for community groups and voluntary organisations. The community toolkit contains information and guidance on a wide range of topics and the Portal can also provide community groups and voluntary organisations an opportunity to develop their own Internet presence. To find out more click here.
It is a grant condition of all the department’s grant aid schemes that community groups and voluntary organisations comply with the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003, where applicable.
Community groups and voluntary organisations do not have to be a registered charity to access funding from the department’s approved grant aid schemes. However the schemes that are funded by the Shetland Charitable Trust do generally expect organisations to have charitable status. Also some external funding bodies are the same and will only consider grant applications from organisations that are registered charities.
The Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR) is the official independent body that regulates charities in Scotland. Find out more about OSCR and how to become a charity.
Statutory consents and technical advice
Some capital projects will require applying to the Council for planning permission and/or a building warrant prior to undertaking any building works. Find out more information about this process.
RIBA Outline Plan of Work
For more detailed information about the different stages of work involved in a capital project please click here (PDF 87KB)
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national body that represents the voluntary sector in Scotland. SCVO provides a wide range of information and advice for voluntary organisations. For more information, click here.
Village Halls website
Part of the SCVO website, the Village Halls website is a one stop shop for news, information and networking for anyone involved in managing a village hall or community building in Scotland. Includes information on governance & structure, money and management.