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Council Grants and Funds

In this section, you will find links to information about grants and funds provided or supported by Orkney Islands Council, to support a wide range of local projects.

Community Development Fund

Orkney Islands Council's Community Development Fund was established in 1999 to support a wide range of local projects. Any formally-constituted community group can apply. In the past community councils, development trusts, community associations, heritage societies and many other local community groups have successfully bid for funding. Grant assistance at a rate of 50%, up to a maximum Community Development Fund grant of £100,000, will normally be available. More information is available from the 'More pages in this section' of this page.

Community-based groups can get help through Voluntary Action Orkney, on telephone 01856872897 or email Voluntary Action Orkney.

Small Businesses can contact the Business Gateway in Kirkwall’s Queen Street on telephone 01856886666 or email Business Gateway for assistance.


Funding will be available from the Orkney LEADER Programme for small scale, pilot projects led by the local community, or that are in the local community's interest, with the aim to promote economic and community development within Orkney. 

Application rounds are coordinated by Orkney Islands Council.

For more information, visit the Orkney LEADER site which is available from the 'Related Sites' section or contact the LEADER team on 01856873535 extension 2855 or email the Leader team.

Orkney Islands Council's Culture Fund

The Culture Fund is aimed at assisting not for profit organisation based in Orkney planning arts, heritage or language events, projects or activities.  This fund replaces the Festivals Fund and the Grants for Independent Museums and Heritage Bodies.

The way that the Council funds cultural activity in Orkney underwent a review in order to determine whether the available funds could be made more widely accessible, and enable a greater variety of cultural activity to be supported by the Council, and the Culture Fund is the result of that work.

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