Helping the Scottish Community ...


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. 


May 2018 Awards

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


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

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 

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.

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 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.

Having secured their own premises, the Trust was pleased to support the group with an award of £2,000 as a contribution towards their first year’s rent.

As a result of receiving the award from the Trust, the group has moved into their new wheelchair accessible premises where they meet weekly.