“Inclusive and accessible funding for communities and organisations looking to engage with, preserve and protect our historic environment is vital.” Neil Gray, Culture Minister in the Scottish Government
Expanding the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
The funding of local action hubs is to be extended after the success of the ones covering the North East (Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire) and the Highlands, Orkney and Shetland.
Scottish Social Isolation & Loneliness Fund Launched
Community groups are being encouraged to apply for the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund
National Lottery Funding Boost for Orkney International Science Festival
From 7-13th September, the Orkney International Science Festival 2023 will be live streaming up to 10 events, a development made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
Funding Boost For Local Organisations Which Help People Stay Connected
Orkney Men’s Shed is one of several organisations which will benefit from the Scottish Government funding
Cost of Living Help & Support
People in Orkney can now access the OIC Cost of Living Funding Scheme. A grant, one off payment of £200 is available to eligible households.
Islands Growth Deal Signed
The investment covers a 10 year period with £50million from the UK Government, £50million from the Scottish Government and is hoped to attract further investment of up to £293 million in match funding.
Universities: Student Numbers High But Warnings Over Staff Inequalities
Staff recorded as ‘black, Asian and minority ethnic’ (BAME) were marginalized, at a proportion of 8% in Education, which was less than half that employed in the sector (16.5%). There was also less attainment and progression for these staff.
Success for 7 Local Projects in Orkney With Total Funding Boost of £77,024
A new van to help deliveries from the Eday shop is just one of 181 projects being funded from the Rural & Island Communities Ideas into Action (RICIA) fund.
Many Older People Are Facing A Bleak Winter
“For many in Scotland, the festive season is something to look forward to, but increasing numbers of older people are being hit from every angle financially.” Claire Donaghy, Head of Scotland at Independent Age,