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

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.

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.

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Who can apply for a grant?

Community groups and small charities, based in Scotland and providing services in Scotland, who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding.

How do we apply?

Either complete the Application Form online, using the “Completing the Form” guidance notes (and having checked the “Who we we fund – and who we don’t” FAQ), and submit it or download it, complete it and post it back to us at:

The Weir Charitable Trust
27 Maritime Street
Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6SE

 

What’s the applications process?

It’s pretty straightforward:

Our group isn’t a charity – can we apply?

Yes, you can as long as your work meets a Qualifying Category (Sport, Health, Culture, Recreational Facilities or Animal Welfare); you are seeking less than £25,000; are not a commercial venture or any other group we do not fund; are not seeking sponsorship; and that you are based and deliver your services in Scotland.

Can we apply more than once for funding?

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.

Do we have to do anything in return for the money?

Yes. At the end of the year or project, a short report summarising what has been achieved. Feel free to send pictures too. This should not be overly time-consuming or onerous but it allows the Trust to ensure that the monies it is disbursing are making a difference. If further funding is sought, it may also help to assess whether that is given or not.

We expect you to be able to account for the money being used as laid out in the original application.

Can we promote the fact we got a grant?

Yes, you can. It is a condition of the grant that you must be prepared to undertake PR in association with the Trust. If you also choose to do your own PR, you must get Trust approval for what you release. The Trust’s PR company can advise you on how to refer to the Trust and/or grant in any materials. Their contact details are in the News section.

Can we put the information on our website/circulate to others?

Yes, you can. However, you must get Trust approval for what you release publicly, whether through social media, contact with the press or to others associated with you. The Trust’s PR company can advise you on how to refer to the Trust and/or grant in any materials. Their contact details are in the News section.

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