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 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.

News

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.

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00 pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017 with outcomes advised in May 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.

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.

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