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 Wednesday 28th February 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

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 May 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 2017 the Trust has supported 32 small groups and charities across Scotland with the combined awards made in the year totalling £200,955.

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of awards which closes on 28th February 2018.

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.

The Trust was delighted to support the group with an award of £4,700 to cover the annual running costs of one of their caravans.

As a result of receiving the award a number of people have had the opportunity to have a holiday, many for the first time.

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