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 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

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

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

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.

Is there a minimum or maximum level for grants?

Yes, up to a maximum of £25,000 but there is no minimum. But no matter how little or how much you need, subject to meeting the criteria on the “How to Apply” page, the Trust will consider your application. It is for Trustees to make offers of monies at their discretion and the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application.

Any decision is final and cannot be appealed.

How much can we apply for?

Cost out your project or activity then ask for what you need. But the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application. It is unlikely we will fund requests in full - we would expect to see evidence of efforts being made to raise funds by applicants themselves. In exceptional circumstances, a maximum of up to £25,000 can be applied for or awarded.

The Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Will you support projects outside Scotland or requests for money from elsewhere?

Unfortunately not. The Trust wants to focus on giving all of its support to Scottish-based groups and charities who are providing services and activities in Scotland.

What won’t the Trust fund?

  • Small group or charity with income of £100,000 or more a year
  • Individuals
  • Commercial ventures, including start ups
  • Social enterprises
  • Requests for amounts over £25,000
  • Requests for sponsorship if fundraising for a charity or good cause
  • Debt reduction, redundancy payments, fees or payouts for legal actions raised against an individual, group or charity
  • Applications for retrospective funding

What can funding be used for?

Funding can be used for capital projects (such as equipment, fixtures, fittings and refurbishments), running costs, one-off projects, core costs and salaries. In summary, anything you need it for as long as it contributes to providing a benefit to your community. If you receive an award, the money must be used for the purposes laid out in your application.

What will the Trust fund?

Broadly speaking, services and projects related to Sport, Recreational Facilities, Animal Welfare, Health and Culture. To ensure you qualify, check How to apply which has detailed criteria in “Qualifying Category”. However, meeting one of the categories does not guarantee funding as awards are made at the discretion of Trustees and their decision is final.

We are a new group – we don’t have years of financial accounts or records

Don’t worry, we may ask to visit you or have a chat about your current financial position but don’t let the fact that you are a new group stop you from applying. There is also space on the Application Form to detail your finances.

When can we apply for a grant?

Applications can be submitted at any time in the six month period to the closing date. The closing date for applications from Scottish-based community groups and small charities is twice a year – end of February and end of August. Awards will only be considered at those times.

However, try to avoid submitting your application at the last minute as that may not allow us enough time to gather any additional information we may require. If you submit your application early and your circumstances or requirements change, we are happy for you to amend it.

Where do I need to be based?

In Scotland. There’s no geographic bias, applications from around the country will be considered equally. However, applications from outside Scotland will not be considered, nor will requests for funds for services outwith Scotland.

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