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The Western Isles Development Trust  is calling for groups to apply to benefit from its Youth Summer Activities Fund 2022

This follows what it describes as the successful uptake of the fund in 2021, where £16,000 was distributed to 14 separate community bodies across the Western Isles to encourage youth activity last summer.

The Youth Summer Activities Fund 2022 fund will be open from 6 May 2022 to 26 May 2022 to fund youth activities during the school holidays. 

Applications for up to £1,000 are invited from community groups.  Once the fund of £16,000 has been expended, it will close.

Full details of the fund and the application form will be available at the website.  A list of beneficiaries of all WIDT funds is also available on the website.


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The WIDT is a company limited by guarantee (and registered charity) with membership open to residents of the Western Isles.

WIDT was established as a body to secure funding from renewable energy projects and to use these funds to support community organisations in the area.

The WIDT Board of Directors currently has 20 positions, eight of which are filled by individuals elected from the membership with the other positions consisting of representatives from certain community bodies.

The Board administers the Company and has set up funds that invite applications from community bodies for financial support.  The Board meets regularly (typically at the end of each month) to take decisions on the running of the company and on applications for funding.

The Board wishes to express its gratitude to Councillors Norman A. Macdonald and John Mackay who have served as WIDT directors for a number of years.

Mr MacDonald, who was also convener of CnES, has served as Chair since 2017. Both directors are standing down after the local government elections this week.

"Their work and dedication has been very important in the work of WIDT and the distribution of funds for important community projects over a number of years," the group says.