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 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 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 November 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 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.

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.

AWARDS MADE TO 60 SMALL CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS IN LATEST FUNDING ROUND

Trustees have made awards to 60 small charities and community groups in the latest round of funding from the Weir Charitable Trust, with the average award being £2,436.

A total of 518 applications, each meeting one of the five qualifying criteria, were considered. Lorraine Tait, Trust Manager, said:

“The Trust received requests totalling over £10m, which is an indication of how tough Scotland’s small community groups and charities are finding life.

Who can’t apply for a grant?

The Trust will not accept applications from individuals. Nor will it accept applications related to commercial activity, research, pilot projects, educational establishments, social enterprises, governing bodies or public sector bodies, nor can it provide monies for sponsorship. Applications from outwith Scotland or for projects or activities outwith Scotland will not be considered.

How long is funding for?

All awards are for one year or less. If you are successful, you must wait a calendar year before reapplying for further funding. However, you can apply for further funding within that period if it is not to be used for the same purpose as the original application.

I have had an email from Mr Colin Weir offering me money and it looks genuine.

This is a scam. Neither the Weirs nor the Trust makes unsolicited offers of money. Do not respond to any request for financial or personal details from the scammers.

I have left a message on the Weirs’ Facebook page explaining why I need money from them but have heard nothing….

This is a scam site and has nothing to do with Mr and Mrs Weir, who have no presence on any social media sites. If you wish to apply to the Trust for money, follow the application process.

Is there an appeal process?

No. Awards are made at the discretion of Trustees, the Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

We didn’t get an award – can we apply again?

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. If you have not met 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) - you will not be able to reapply unless your circumstances change to meet those. Likewise, we do not fund commercial activity or businesses.

We missed the recent deadline – can we still apply?

You can still apply but your application will not be considered until the following closing date.

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