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 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 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.

Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club

The Trust was delighted to support the first women-only wheelchair basketball club based in Glasgow.   An award was made in November 2015 to enable the club to purchase 10 purpose-built wheelchairs.



We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00 pm on Thursday 31st August 2017 with outcomes advised in Nov 2017

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.

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.

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.

How soon can we reapply?

If you are unsuccessful, the Trust will advise you if you can reapply for funding in the next round of grants in six months’ time. But you can’t reapply with the same project if it did not meet all the criteria to be considered for an award – meeting a Qualifying Category, being based and providing services in Scotland, seeking less than £25,000 and being a small charity/community group (see How to apply)

Why do I have to fill in a CAPTCHA box when submitting an application?

This is for security to check that it is a person submitting an application rather than a computer trying to spam the site.

The park is a well-used and valued community facility by local families from surrounding areas. With an award of £2,559 from the Trust, BIG undertook essential repairs and re-painting of play equipment that had corroded due to the weather.

The award will enable the park to continue to be used for generations to come.

With an award of £1500 from the Trust, the group has been able to purchase sporting equipment as part of a project to give young people, up to the age of 25, the opportunity to undertake exercise programmes tailored to them individually.

Run entirely by volunteers, many of them ex-Paisley workers, the Museum displays many photographs, machinery, newspapers, thread samples and products made at the mills.

It received an award of £1400 to contribute towards annual running costs which has enabled them to increase their opening hours and to stay open all year round.

They received a contribution of £9000 from the Trust towards the purchase of a replacement 4 bedroom static caravan which sleeps up to 10 people, situated in Wemyss Bay.

As a result, 25 families, who would otherwise have been unable to afford a holiday, have benefitted from a week’s holiday at the fully equipped caravan.