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 Tuesday 28th February 2017.

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

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. 

The Pavillion Youth Café

The Pavillion Youth Café is a Glasgow based charity providing support to 40+ children and young people in the Easterhouse area of Glasgow. 

The Scottish Animal Behaviour & Rescue Centre (SABRC)

The Trust was delighted to support SABRC with an award towards veterinary and feed costs.

News

2,000 Sleep in the Park places gifted by Scotland’s top philanthropists

Scotland’s young people invited to take up fundraising challenge with 2,000 - £50 places on offer 

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00 pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018 with outcomes advised end of November 2018

Latest Round of Funding Awards

The Weir Charitable Trust has made 16 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.

In 2016 the Trust has supported 39 small groups and charities across Scotland with the combined awards made in the year totalling £197,486.

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of awards which closes on 28th February 2017.

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

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00 pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018 with outcomes advised end of November 2018

Latest Round of Funding Awards

The Weir Charitable Trust has made 16 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.

In 2016 the Trust has supported 39 small groups and charities across Scotland with the combined awards made in the year totalling £197,486.

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of awards which closes on 28th February 2017.

The group offer a drop-in café open 4 evenings per week for children aged 8 to 18.  

The Trust was delighted to make an award of £8,062 to fund a healthy eating and healthy living project for the junior section of the club.

As a result of the award, a number of young people are enjoying the health benefits of learning to cook healthy meals and participate in a range of different activities.

As a result, the Charity has had the reassurance of having the funds to look after their rescued/retired non-human residents, enabling Trustees to develop the volunteering programme and education/behaviour workshops.

As a result, the Warriors are increasing in numbers. They can now attend their friendly and supportive weekly training sessions and tournaments playing in their own wheelchairs rather than having to borrow chairs.

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.

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