Coastal Communities Fund

Grant Aid Scheme

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This grant aid scheme is administered by Shetland Islands Council and financed from net revenues generated by Scottish Crown Estate assets.

The grant scheme is designed to mobilise change and deliver positive outcomes for Shetland and its communities.  The scheme seeks to support the community and economic development of Shetland by investing in infrastructure, community capacity building, and developing community assets and encouraging inclusive growth.

The scheme also aims to encourage regeneration of Shetland’s communities by supporting projects that safeguard sustainable economic growth and jobs, promote inclusion and contribute towards poverty reduction.

Projects seeking funding must be a strong fit to Shetland's Partnership Plan 2018 – 2028 (PDF, 3Mb) and the shared vision that: 

Shetland is a place where everyone is able to thrive; living well in strong, resilient communities; and where people and communities are able to help plan and deliver solutions to future challenges”

The scheme has a two-stage application process.

  • Stage One is an Expression of Interest and applicants are required to clearly demonstrate what outcome(s) and impacts their project will deliver.
  • Stage Two requires completion of the full application form and is by invitation only.  

The Stage One application form is available here. 

For details of previous Coastal Communities Fund grant awards please click here 

Future panel dates and application deadlines:

Panel Meeting – 1 March 2023:

Stage 2 Deadline*

Stage 1 Deadline

16 January 2023, 5pm

20 February 2023, 5pm

Panel Meeting – 26 May 2023:

Stage 2 Deadline*

Stage 1 Deadline

31 March 2023, 5pm

5 May 2023, 5pm

Panel Meeting- 11 September 2023

Stage 2 Deadline*

Stage 1 Deadline

17 July 2023, 5pm

21 August 2023, 5pm

Panel Meeting- 30 November 2023

Stage 2 Deadline*

Stage 1 Deadline

5 October 2023, 5pm

9 November 2023, 5pm

Panel meeting 11 March 2024

Stage 2 Deadline*

Stage 1 Deadline

15 January 2024, 5pm

19 February 2024, 5pm

* For previously approved Stage 1 applications.
Future invitations to application may be dependent on available budget.

If you have any queries then please contact us at:

Coastal Communities Fund
Shetland Islands Council, Development Directorate
c/o Solarhus
3 North Ness
Lerwick
ZE1 0LZ

Telephone:  01595 744915 or 01595 743828
Email:  coastalcommunitiesfund@shetland.gov.uk