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”

Application Process:
For grant requests up to £25,000 it is a single stage application process, by invitation.  In the first instance, please contact officers to discuss your proposal.

For requests over £25,000, it is 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.  The Stage One application form is available here
•    Stage Two requires completion of the full application form and is by invitation only.  

To view the application form questions please click here

A single stage application and a stage two application require a number of supporting documents/information as part of the application submission.  A checklist has been provided to guide you in this process.  To view the checklist please click here 

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

Future panel dates and application deadlines:

Date of Panel Single stage/ Stage 2 Deadline Stage 1 Deadline
28 August 2024 3 July 2024, 5pm 7 August 2024, 5pm
13 November 2024 18 September 2024, 5pm 23 October 2024, 5pm
27 February 2025 6 January 2025, 5pm 6 February 2025, 5pm


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

Telephone:  01595 744915 or 01595 743828