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What is HCT?

Since April 2011 the Heart of the Community has supported local groups and charities deliver lasting change within their local areas – areas that we operate in:

  • Shetland
  • Orkney
  • Highland
  • Argyll

Since its inception, Heart of the Community Trust has provided financial assistance to the value of £500k to over 40,000 people across rural communities in Scotland.


The broad aim of the Heart of the Community Grant Trust  is to provide financial grants for community projects that deliver lasting change within the regions in which the Company operates.  Those regions are: Shetland, Orkney, Highland and Argyll. 

We believe in helping local communities to thrive with the average award is currently between £4000-£5000.  

Application Criteria

The principal aim for grant allocation will be to provide lasting change using the following criteria:     

  • Health & Health Promotion
  • Education
  • Personal Development that leads to the enhancement of a community
  • Community Projects that benefit the majority

How and when to apply

Each application then goes through a screening process with regional ambassadors. Successful applications will then be submitted to the Heart of the Community Trustees for final verification. To apply, please download and submit the application form from the following links:

Application form

Guideline for applicants

Postal Applications:
Heart of the Community Trust
Scottish Sea Farms 
Laurel House
Laurelhill Business Park 
Stirling FK7 9JQ

Email: community@scottishseafarms.com