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 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.


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 


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 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.

The Trust was delighted to support the Club with an award of £1,797 as a contribution towards weekly running costs including transport, ensuring that those with mobility problems can attend.

As a result of the award, senior residents now have the chance for a chat while eating a nutritious meal in a friendly environment.

I have had a LinkedIn request from Christine and Colin Weir offering money. Is this a scam?

The answer is yes, this is a scam. The Trust has advised LinkedIn in an attempt to close this down.

An award of £2,500 was made to the charity to contribute to kennelling fees and veterinary care, such as, neutering, vaccinating and micro-chipping dogs before they go to their new home.

Since receiving the award from the Weir Charitable Trust in October 2013, the charity has rehomed 16 Dalmatians but always have dogs looking for their “forever home”.

The Trust was pleased to support the Club with an award of £4,202, which allowed them to purchase much needed equipment following their move to new premises.

As a result of receiving the money, the Club now provides fitness and boxing classes to children, women and men, of all ages and abilities, with membership numbers increasing.

Run by a committed team of volunteers, the Club received an award of £4,000 from the Trust in 2013 to contribute to their annual running costs.

The award has contributed to the continued success of the Club, supporting 150 individuals participate and enjoy the sport of athletics.

The recordings are mainly for visually impaired or blind people but also go to a few who cannot read the papers for other reasons.

BTN’s 70 volunteers are mostly retired so, as well as giving a service to its listeners, it offers them an opportunity to use their skills or gain new skills in a friendly environment.

The award of £2000 from The Weir Charitable Trust has helped to ensure that BTN can continue providing this valued service keeping people involved in the Borders community.