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Heritage Grant Fund

Shetland Amenity Trust operates a heritage grant scheme financed by investment from an endowment fund. The ability to offer grant assistance is dependent on the level of investment income received, which varies from year to year depending on stock market performances.

The scheme supports good quality heritage initiatives which are in community and public benefit and clearly focus on protecting, enhancing and promoting any aspect of Shetland’s natural or cultural heritage, ensuring it is accessible and enjoyed by all.

Who can apply?

  • registered charities
  • constituted community groups
  • voluntary organisations
  • social enterprises
  • public bodies
  • individuals with a track record in their field.


The scheme can fund one off project costs, including capital costs. The maximum grant in any year will be 90% of total project costs, up to a maximum award of £5,000. 

Projects should clearly align with our strategic priorities.

Examples of qualifying projects include:

  • purchase of equipment to record, digitise and share Shetland’s heritage;
  • conservation of buildings, monuments, documents or artefacts of cultural significance;
  • exchange of knowledge through research, interpretation, publications or events;
  • volunteer expenses and training;
  • improvements to access or energy efficiency at heritage sites.

Applicants must provide a clear project description, timeline, outputs and costs, showing that there is a need for additional grant funding and that they are providing a substantial contribution of their own.

Closing dates

Closing dates for applications will be 31 May and 30 November annually.

Please contact info@shetlandamenity.org to arrange to discuss your potential project in advance of submitting an application.


Download full guidance notes (pdf) and an application form here.