We are committed to providing a lasting legacy for Shetland’s communities and have established a community benefit fund of around £72m over the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund has already provided over 420 awards to local projects during the construction of the wind farm.

Shetland Community Benefit Fund oversee the administration of the fund to ensure that all funding decisions are made by local people for the benefit of Shetland. The priorities of the fund from 2024-2029 have been identified through a Shetland wide community consultation and have informed the six priorities outlined in the fund’s ‘A Legacy for Shetland’ business plan. The priorities include

  • More Younger People Wanting to Stay and/or Come Back to Shetland;
  • Better Transport Links Within and Between Communities;
  • Reduced Cost of Living in Shetland;
  • Better Broadband and/or Mobile Phone Connections;
  • Improved Housing Supply and Affordability
  • Preservation and Enhancement of Shetland’s Natural Environment


£200,000 awarded to Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal

The first award from the Viking Community Fund was for an MRI scanner for the island.

Currently, 600 patients from Shetland must travel south to have an MRI scan each year. The travel experience can be detrimental to the patient at an already difficult time. The provision of an MRI scanner within Shetland will provide a significant health and wellbeing improvement for community members for years to come.


Projects supporting communities in any of the 18 community council areas in Shetland can apply.


The Viking Community Fund is administered by local co-operative Shetland Community Benefit Fund. For more information about the funds, and how to apply, please contact Shetland Community Benefit Fund by clicking here.


For more information on this fund please contact:


Senior Community Investment Manager

Tel: 01738 340292

Email: [email protected]