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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

Riddell Fiddles – Bannerfield Buskers

The Trust awarded Riddell Fiddles £3,000 to set up their Bannerfield Buskers inclusive music group for young people in the Selkirk area.

4 Arts

Dunfermline based 4 Arts is a registered charity managed by a small team of volunteers.  The group offer access to art classes to disadvantaged groups as a tool to develop self-esteem and personal development.

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue

Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Project is a registered charity managed by a group of volunteers across Scotland focussing on the re-homing of SSBT and providing education and training to owners on the wellbeing of the breed.

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

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

Funding for Cultural Projects

Is your group or charity working on a project that aims to preserve Scotland’s arts and culture?

Funding for Animal Welfare Projects

Are you a small group or charity promoting the welfare of animals?   If so, why not apply to the Trust for financial support for veterinary fees, g

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.

Funding for Cultural Projects

Is your group or charity working on a project that aims to preserve Scotland’s arts and culture? Or does your project bring people and communities together to celebrate Scotland’s culture?

If so, we are encouraging applications for financial support by our next closing date of Friday 26th February 2016, with outcomes advised in May 2016.Check our criteria at What We Fund to see if you qualify.

Funding for Animal Welfare Projects

Are you a small group or charity promoting the welfare of animals?   If so, why not apply to the Trust for financial support for veterinary fees, general running costs and volunteer expenses?

Applications close on Friday 26th February 2016, with outcomes advised in May 2016. Check our criteria at What We Fund to see if you qualify.

Not only have the young people learned to play the fiddle or guitar but they have also gained the confidence to perform as a band at a number of community events.

The Trust was delighted to make an award of £2,659 to enable the group to purchase a large kiln for use in their fused, stained and leaded glass artwork.

As a result of the award, the new kiln is being well used by the group, particularly the youngsters attending the fused glass classes on a weekly basis.

Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards

We are delighted to announce that The Weir Charitable Trust was awarded the Sunday Mail Great Scot 2015 Charity Award.

The Trust was delighted to support the group with an award of £10,000 as a contribution towards veterinary costs.

Since receiving the award in May 2015 40 dogs have already received much needed veterinary care.

The club received an award of £2,300 from the Trust in 2015 to enable them to purchase 10 sets of Boccia balls.

As a result of receiving the award the club have been proud to attend a number of events without having to borrow Boccia balls from other clubs.

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