Helping the Scottish Community ...

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About us

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; community interest companies; 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 31st August 2018.

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

Caring Souls Project - Eric Liddell Centre

The Trust has supported the highly praised Caring Souls project under its discretionary fund with an award of £24,000.   This has allowed a new and additional satellite hub in Wester Hailes as the care charity looks to improve lives across the capital.  The service, which has twice been commended in motions at the Scottish Parliament, aims to tackle social isolation among the elderly by providing basic personal footcare treatment.

Inverness Foodstuff

Inverness Foodstuff manages a drop-in-centre for people in need on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon offering a hot, nutritious three-course meal. In addition they provide soup and sandwiches every Saturday afternoon. 

The Polar Academy

The Polar Academy is a Bo’ness-based charity with the aim of inspiring and positively changing young peoples’ lives through Arctic exploration. 

News

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

May 2018 Awards

The Trust has made a total of 19 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 31st August 2018 with outcomes advised by end November 2018

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

The service, which has twice been commended in motions at the Scottish Parliament, aims to tackle social isolation among the elderly by providing basic personal footcare treatment.

With guidance from NHS Lothian Podiatry, training in basic footcare is given to Caring Soles volunteers and they are supported by the Eric Liddell Centre to deliver the service.  Caring Soles provides low cost volunteer-led basic footcare to people who struggle to maintain this independently. There is also a huge social engagement factor to delivering this service in the community, with service users & volunteers enjoying important social contact during appointments which makes an impact on social isolation and loneliness.

Since launching last year, the service, initially based in the south of Edinburgh, has spread across the city. This has happened following the development of satellite hubs in Restalrig at the Ripple Project and in Gorgie/Dalry at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre. The service is entirely led by volunteers who are trained by podiatry professionals from NHS Lothian. The addition of Wester Hailes completes an exciting first year for Caring Soles.

Eric Liddell Centre CEO, John MacMillan said: “We are absolutely over the moon that the Caring Soles service has been so well received in its first year. We are especially proud of feedback which notes the impact the project is having on social isolation and loneliness among elderly residents.

“With the amazing support of the Weir Charitable Trust, we will be able to deliver this service to the community of Wester Hailes.

The charity is supported by around 84 volunteers also provide much needed advice and support on a range of health and wellbeing matters including offering free haircuts.

The Trust was delighted to support Inverness Foodstuff with an award of £10,000 in 2017 to support the Volunteer Manager role.

Since receiving the support from the Trust the charity was a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards 2018 in the category of Celebrating Communities recognising the fantastic work done in the community.   Congratulations from everyone at The Weir Charitable Trust.

May 2018 Awards

The Trust has made a total of 19 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.

In 2017 we supported 39 projects with combined awards made £400,000.

Our applications are open for our next closing date of 31st August 2018.

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 31st August 2018 with outcomes advised by end November 2018

It was founded and is run by Scotland’s greatest living Polar Explorer, Craig Mathieson who is one of only 12 polar explorers in the world to have skied to both the south and north poles.

We are thrilled to support this year’s 2017/2018 expedition with pupils from Lochgelly High School in Fife.  The award will be invested in the expedition team’s weekly training programme in Scotland and charity running costs, before the expedition team depart for 10-days in Arctic Greenland in April 2018.

Craig has worked tirelessly, since forming The Polar Academy in 2014, to transform the lives of young people in Scotland crushed by a lack of self-confidence and self esteem.  In just four years The Polar Academy has already engaged more than 50,000 pupils across the country as every pupil participating returns to share their story with other young adults in their local authority area.

www.thepolaracademy.org

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