A fund to assist vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic has been set up by Orkney Islands Council.
The Community Resilience Fund will provide support for local voluntary, charitable and not-for-profit organisations working with:
Hardship funding provided by the UK Government is being used to establish the fund. It initially stands at £150,000 and can awards grants of up to £2,000. This will be kept under review over the weeks ahead.
Council Convener Harvey Johnston said: “These are difficult times for many in Orkney and a range of organisations are working hard to assist vulnerable folk across our community.
“We want to support those efforts and so I am delighted we have been able to establish this fund. We will respond rapidly to applications for grants – our aim is to process these within seven days.”
The Council is working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to providing community support in Orkney.