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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

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

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 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.

What is the definition of a small group or charity?

One that has an annual income of £100,000 or less each year.

What is the definition of a small group or charity?

One that has an annual income of £100,000 or less each year.

With the aim of being a fun, positive and rocking place for dads and children to come and play music, the Saturday morning playgroup gives dads and their children invaluable one-to-one time. Based in Granton, there’s free play (including playing instruments), a healthy snack, story and song time.

Funding from the Trust of £1,700 has ensured the group can continue to be there for dads and kids to rock out each week.

Can I get feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

No.   Unfortunately due to the high number of applications we cannot provide feedback. However, you will be advised if you can re-apply after 12 months.

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