REW DT: Grants



Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust operates a grants and loans scheme which is open to applications from any businesses, voluntary organisations, clubs, or individuals who are either registered or resident on Rousay, Egilsay or Wyre.
Grants or loans may be awarded for the benefit of members of our community on Rousay, Egilsay or Wyre to enhance the quality and/or sustainability of life on our three islands.  The amount of funding available for grants may vary each year.  Grants or loans awarded must comply with the Trust’s Charitable Aims, which are registered with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.  These are:
·         The advancement of community development, including the advancement of urban/rural regeneration. 
·         The advancement of education.
·         The advancement of citizenship.
·         The advancement of environmental protection or improvement. 
·         The provision of recreational facilities or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended; including the provision, maintenance and/or improvement of public open space and other public amenities.
·         The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science. 
·         The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. 
·         The prevention or relief of poverty. 
·         The relief of unemployment. 
The Board of the Development Trust welcomes applications which meet the above Charitable Aims.

Applications must be submitted AT LEAST 14 DAYS prior to the next Board meeting and 14 days before the funding is required.  For Grant Application Guidance information click here.

The next dates for Board meetings are as follows: -  
  • Saturday 22 September 2018
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018           
You can either drop your application into the Trust's office at The Manse, Sourin, Rousay; send it in by post; or email it in to  The procedure is administered by the Grants, Applications and Projects Officer, but all decisions are made by the Board of Directors.



This year the REW DT board has agreed to keep the over all funding for all grants the same as last year but the categories this year have changed.


The funding this year will be split into the following categories: -

·         General Grants

·         Bursaries (for recognised qualifications only) 80% of costs up to £500 per financial year Adults & £100 children

·         Driving Lessons (via a recognised driving school) 80% of costs up to £500 per financial year 

·         Well Being (this will cover all sporting, craft, art and other non certificated learning and general well being courses/workshops/events) 80% of costs up to £500 per financial year Adults & £100 children


See below for detailed information on each category.  
Please note: An award will not be granted for any expenditure made prior to an application being approved by the Board.

How REW DT Grant funding was allocated in 2017/18

During the 2017/18 financial year the staff processed 115 grant applications, these have included: -

18 Education Bursary awards totalling £3,340.80

32 properties receiving Stone Chippings £21,571.06

27 Well-Being awards, 21 for Active membership and the rest for other well-being such as yoga and Octopush sessions

1 set of driving lessons

General grant awards were given to the following groups: -

Wyre Memorial Garden improvements - £1,000

The Parent Council - £5,030.61 which included ferry tickets, outdoor education, a visit to Hoy and the Lagganlia trip.

The Allotment Site - £1,816.53 for materials for the Blide Trust project (soon to be started)

Rousay Rainbows - £198.00 annual subscription fees

The Snooker Club - £500.00 general running costs

The Sailing Club - £480.00 for a property evaluation

Rousay CA - £2,500.00 for various events

Crafthub - £2,500 for residents to attend workshops at 80% grant awarded plus £3,000 revenue costs to aid the Crafthub relocation

2 residents who were representing REW/Orkney at national events received sponsorship totalling £1,046.00

Travel for individuals to attend education awarded grant activities - £390.34

Education bursary

For 2018 Education Bursaries have been split into three groups: -

1) Education Bursary - For recognised qualifications and courses.

2) Driving Lessons - This fund is to support our residents to improve their driving skills and/or gain their driving licence.

3) Well Being Courses - This grant is for non-certificated courses and is available to organisations, clubs, groups and/or individuals for non-educational/developmental leisure activities that meet the Trust's charitable aims and objectives.

For further details on these awards please contact the office.

Please do not use the on-line booking form at the moment, we are not receiving these but we are trying to find the fault and correct it.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

General grant/loan

General Grants Fund

·         This grant is available to all businesses, voluntary organisations, clubs, or individuals for non-educational/developmental leisure activities that meet the Trust’s charitable aims and objectives.  It also includes applications for Training Support costs for the above category.

·         This Fund may also, from time to time, be split into different Funds of smaller amounts, as the Board decides, to allocate an amount of money to a specific purpose.

·         The Trust will consider applications from new businesses who would like support in setting up.   The potential business will be expected to produce a business plan and financial forecast for the Board to consider.  Advice on where to go for further information can be obtained from the Trust offices.  Please note, Trust’s staff are not qualified to give business advice to applicants.

·         The eligibility of applications from outwith the REW community, including from those who own homes on REW that are not their main residence, will be appraised on a case-by-case basis.

Please do not use the on-line booking form we are not receiving these, we are trying to correct this error and apologise for any inconvenience.