Communities across the Islands can gain from two renewed grant funding sources from today (Tuesday September 1)

The Western Isles Development Trust is inviting applications from community groups for funding for projects with a focus on alleviating fuel poverty and promoting renewable energy.

And the West Coast’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are set to benefit from the latest round of the CalMac Community Fund.

From October 1st, the Fund is seeking applications from non-profit organisations which make a difference to local communities by tackling social isolation, poor mental health, loneliness and/or poverty.

Groups operating across the CalMac network can apply for an award from the fund from between £500 and £2,000.

In 2019, the CalMac Community Fund supported 76 groups across the west coast, benefiting the lives of children and young people. Projects included access to swimming, Highland dancing, sailing and video skills.

Gordon McKillop, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for CalMac, said: “The CalMac Community Fund was created to make a difference to those most in need across our West Coast communities. It is also a fantastic way for us to connect with our communities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic placed a huge strain on people’s lives and there has been a lot of great community work going on to help those affected. We would love to hear more about these projects and would encourage those eligible to apply for an award.

“The Community Fund was really well received when it was originally launched and we were able to help 76 groups. I am looking forward to hearing more about the great work that is taking place to help those in need.”

Awards will split across six regional areas:

  • Lewis, Harris and Ullapool
  • Uist and Barra
  • Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig
  • Oban and the Inner Hebrides
  • Southern Hebrides
  • Firth of Clyde


Your organisation can apply if:

  • You are not for profit and registered to an island or port served by CalMac
  • You have a governing document or constitution
  • You have an independent bank account
  • You have two or more unrelated board members

How to Apply

Applications can be made online from October 1st by visiting


The Western Isles Development Trust (“WIDT”) invites applications from community groups for funding for projects with a focus on alleviating fuel poverty and promoting renewable energy. 

Since April 2016 it has committed over £352,000 in grant payments and loan funding to promote these objectives.  Recent beneficiaries include: Coll Community Development Trust, Lewis; Uist and Barra Food Bank; Garadh a Bagh a Tuath, Barra and Leverburgh Hall Committee, Harris.

Following the successful uptake of the Small Grants Scheme in 2019, where £40,000 was distributed to community bodies across the Western Isles, WIDT is now launching the Small Projects Fund for 2020 to distribute a further £40,000 from 1 September 2020. 

Applications are invited from community groups for a maximum of £2,000 in grant funding.  In order to be eligible the application must meet at least one of the WIDT’s objectives (as set out in its Articles of Association and published on the website) and show benefit to the community.  Once the fund has been expended it will close until September 2021.

 Full details of the fund and the application form can be found at the website.  A list of beneficiaries of the 2019 Small Grant Scheme is also available.

  • You have an open membership
  • You have two signatories
  • You will spend and report on an award within 12 months

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