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About us

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The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere.

It does not fund groups or charities who have an income of over £100,000 per year;  individuals; commercial activity; research; educational establishments; social enterprises; governing bodies; public sector bodies; one off events; large capital projects; Community Councils, PTAs or Active Schools Activities; or pilot projects, nor can it provide sponsorship. Applications from outside Scotland or for activities carried out outwith Scotland will not be accepted.

The Trust will consider funding specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects (see "What we fund") to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community. The average award granted to date is £3,500 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trust will consider applications for funds up to £25,000.

The Trust is currently accepting applications for funding with a closing date of 5.00pm on Friday 26th February 2016.

If you want to know more, there's a lot of helpful information in our FAQs that can help you decide if you should apply to the Trust.

Case Studies

Portobello Older Peoples Project

Portobello Older Peoples Project is a registered charity with 14 volunteers offering over 20 older people the chance

Artbeat Studios

Artbeat Studios offer a range of accessible painting, music and arts sessions for the whole community in a supportive

Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys

Based near Dumfries, Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys is a Registered Scottish Charity offering a caring an

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm - 26th February 2016.

AWARDS MADE TO 60 SMALL CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS IN LATEST FUNDING ROUND

Trustees have made awards to 60 small charities and community groups in the latest round of funding from the Weir Charitable Trust, with the averag

EUROMILLIONS’ WINNERS SET UP WEIR CHARITABLE TRUST

Chris and Colin Weir, who won £161m on EuroMillions in July 2011, have launched a new charity, The Weir Charitable Trust, endowed with an initial £5m.

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications for funding are now OPEN until 5pm - 26th February 2016.

Only those applications meeting the Trust qualifying criteria will be submitted to the next meeting of the Trustees scheduled for April 2016.

You will then be advised of the outcome of your application in writing by the end of May 2016.

The Trust was delighted to support the group with an award of £2,000 as a contribution towards transport costs.

As a result of the award, the older people have had the opportunity to attend the twice weekly group to have fun, a nutritious lunch and meet other people. 

The Trust was pleased to support the charity with an award of £9,972 to fund a one year after school drama, art and craft programme for young people.

As a result, a number of young people have access to a range of arts at low cost, giving them the opportunity to be creative through song, dance, music and crafts in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.

The Trust was pleased to support FRED with an award of £2,000 as a contribution towards veterinary and feed costs.
The award made a difference to the welfare of the donkeys through the winter months.
 

The Trust was pleased to support the Centre with an award of £3,600 to fund additional activities.

As a result, Centre users have had some amazing trips and outings that would otherwise not have been possible, supported by the fantastic team at the Centre.

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