Funding bids invited

News From Orkney Islands Council

A trust fund is inviting applications for support towards educational projects that benefit people in Orkney.

The Orkney Islands Council General Charitable Trust manages funds that were bequeathed by individuals and families for good causes.

Grants can be awarded by the Trust to help projects that advance and promote educational activities.

Harvey Johnston, Convener of OIC and  Chair of the Trustees said:

“A broad range of activities of this kind can be assisted,”

“Examples include academic research, help towards gaining experience of a trade, assistance with educational travel costs outwith Orkney, or support for individuals or groups involved in music and drama projects.

“If you are involved with a project of an educational nature, that isn’t covered by day-to-day school or college budgets, why not get in touch and find out if you could benefit from funding from the trust?”

Recent awards include a £50 grant to the Westray Golf Club that went towards the purchase of equipment used to train young golfers.

Margaret Hutchison, Westray Golf Club Ladies Captain said:

“Young people come along once a week for training sessions in the summer,”

“It’s been a very successful project for the club. Our course is in great shape, our membership is flourishing – and quite a number of those members are juniors who started their golf by training with us.”

Papa Westray Primary benefitted from a £100 grant that helped fund a make-over of the shed that houses the school’s three alpacas.

papay alpacas

Head Teacher Verity Branscombe, said:

“It was created using an old storage container and was in need of a good clean-up and repaint.

“The alpacas are an important part of the school croft and the children get involved every year in washing, carding, dyeing and even spinning their beautiful soft fleeces.

“The shed looked fantastic after we painted it green. The alpacas were very grateful and so were we!”

To find out more about the Orkney Islands Council General Charitable Trust – and how to apply for grant aid – contact or phone 01856 873535 extension 2117.

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