Your Island Your Choice Inter-Island Fund

A unique and Exciting funding opportunity for projects across the non-linked islands.

VAO has been awarded funding from the Community Choices Fund, with contributions from community planning partners, to deliver the Your Island Your Choice small grants participatory budgeting programme where island residents decide for themselves which project should receive funding.
Who can apply?
• Any community/voluntary group, even informal groups, can apply for funding from £200 to £6,000
• You don’t have to come from an existing group or constituted organisation to apply for funds but all the activities have to happen in more than one non-linked island to benefit their communities
• Your ideas need to meet one of the identified key themes:

  • Positive Ageing
  • Health and Sustainable Communities
  • Vibrant Economic Environment

• Your project must benefit as many people as possible
• Your project must help make the isles a better place for everyone (excludes Orkney mainland and the linked islands)
• Large or small, single or collaborative projects welcome

How to Apply?

If your idea fits in with one of the identified themes please complete and submit the application form to Voluntary Action Orkney, who may contact you for additional information.


If the application meets the criteria then island representatives will vote for their favourite projects at an event to be held in Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall on 25th March 2017. At that event you will be required to do a short 2 to 3 minute presentation about your project/activity and the difference it will make to island communities.

You can download the application form here 

Or if you prefer please contact Meghan or the Admin team to request an application pack.

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