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The Robertson Trust heading to Shetland

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Our Funding Manager, Wendy Knowles, will deliver short presentations, answer questions and provide advice across two sessions to groups with an interest in applying for funding.

Both sessions will take place on Thursday, 14th September. The first starts at 2.30pm at Islesburgh Community Centre (room 12), while the second takes place in the Voe Public Hall at 6.30pm. Each session will offer a short update on our funding strands, followed by individual one to one appointments with community groups.

To be eligible for funding, community groups must have charitable status and applicants should demonstrate how their work align with the funding themes in our Giving Strategy.

Wendy said: “We are committed to reaching out to charities across Scotland to ensure as many as possible are aware of our funding process and eligibility criteria.

“Following the launch of our new strategy last year, we now have three funding strands for our open grants programme; Care & Wellbeing, Strengthening Communities and Realising Potential. These all contribute to the Trust’s overall aim of improving the quality of life and realising the potential of people and communities in Scotland.

“I’m looking forward to hearing more about some of the great work being done in Shetland to this end and would encourage all those who may have eligible projects to come down for a chat.”

Michael Duncan, External Funding Officer with Shetland Islands Council, added: “I am delighted that The Robertson Trust has agreed to come to Shetland and deliver these two workshops. The Trust has supported many projects in Shetland in the past and their grant programmes continue to be an important potential source of funds for local groups.

“I’d urge anyone with a project in mind to come along to hear more and make an individual appointment to discuss their ideas.”

Anyone who would like to book an individual appointment should contact Michael Duncan or Elsa Manson on 01595 743828 or 743827 or by e-mail. Appointments will be made on a first-come first-served basis.