A joint project between Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles is one of the latest community projects to secure support from Orkney Islands Council’s LEADER fund.
Six projects were awarded funding in the latest round, bringing the total awarded since the fund opened to just over £1.5m across 29 community driven projects, which will take forward works and activities to benefit Orkney's communities, economy and environment.
Between Islands, the first LEADER co-operation project with the Western Isles and Shetland, will be a collaborative arts project with an inter-island cultural exhibition of artefacts, a publication, touring musical events, arts/crafts workshops and intergenerational skills sharing.
The LEADER scheme requires that 5% of the total allocation for the area has to be spent on co-operative projects.
Although the project will be led A Lanntair, an arts centre in the Western Isles, it will create an ambitious series of collaborative arts, heritage and music events, across all three island groups and create a legacy for future working practices. The total project costs £123,654 with a Orkney LEADER contribution of £41,218.00.
The other five projects to receive funding were:
Francesca Couperwhite is Chair of the Local Action Group, which determines fund applications. She said: "It is particularly pleasing to see the range of projects that the LAG considered and approved at the last meeting.
“This round has seen projects supporting farm diversification, tourism, archaeology, the creative industries and as well as the natural and cultural heritage of the north isles.
“The co-operation project with Shetland and the Outer Hebrides is an exciting opportunity to foster support joint working and sharing of skills and expertise in music, arts, heritage and crafts.”
LEADER is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme which funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland.
Orkney’s £2.5m LEADER programme offers funding for projects that are led by the local community or are in the local community’s interest, with the aim to provide economic and community development within Orkney.
For more information on the programme visit the Orkney LEADER website. The programme is currently closed for expressions of interest but may reopen at the end of November 2018. You can also contact the LEADER team direct at Orkney Islands Council on 01856873535 extension 2811.