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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 more than £125,000 per year;  individuals; commercial activity; research; educational establishments; 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 26th February 2021.   Outcomes will be advised end May 2021.

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

Kinlochleven Community Trust

Kinlochleven Community Trust was formed in 2008 and run a range of community projects designed to develop, regenerate and sustain the village.   Recent projects include a Community Green Space, Green Health, Mission Compostable, Community Café and Shop Renovation.  Kinlochleven Community Trust was formed in 2008 and run a range of community projects designed to develop, regenerate and sustain the village. Recent projects include a Community Green Space, Green Health, Mission Compostable, Community Café and Shop Renovation.

Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys (FRED)

Based near Dumfries, Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys (FRED) is a Registered Scottish Charity dedicated to providing the best care, attention and love to old donkeys in the latter stages of their life.   This attention to their needs is offered in a knowledgeable, experienced and donkey centred manner.

Deepness Dementia Radio

Deepness Dementia Radio help those going through dementia maintain their freedom and get the most out of life. They welcome not just those affected by dementia but also family members, young carers, friends and workers.


Update on Funding Criteria

We really appreciate the feedback we receive from applicants and beneficiaries of awards so that we can develop and better respond to the needs of the groups and charities we support.   Find out more in full story.


We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. The online application is open now until 5.00pm on Friday 26th February 2021. The Trust will now consider applications from Scottish based groups and charities with an annual income of £125,000 or less per year (the previous income cap was £100,000).    Outcomes will be advised by end May 2021.  

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

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Since March 2020, the charity has co-ordinated a COVID-19 Resilience Group and Recovery Project.   During this time they launched a food recycling unit to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty.  This identified the need to provide further support to vulnerable residents who had become isolated with no options to socialise with anyone due to the closure of all local facilities.

The Weir Charitable Trust was delighted to support the resilience and recovery project through financial support for their Burns Supper themed food hamper project.   As a result of receiving the award the charity has provided hampers to 75 vulnerable and isolated households (approximately 100 individuals).

Lucy Cooke, Development Officer at the trust, said

We are so thankful to The Weir Charitable Trust for supporting this initiative and our wonderful staff and volunteers for making this happen.   January is not a favourite month for many people and the pandemic is certainly having an impact.   We hope these Burns hampers will provide a little joy, inspiration and sustenance in the village at a time of uncertainty and difficulty."

The Trust was delighted to support FRED’s work with an award to ensure the donkey’s physical and medical needs were fully met by experienced vets, farrier, equine dental care and first class nutrition.

FRED Trustee, Martin McGroarty said

The award has allowed us to continue to provide a high standard of care and attention to all our donkeys’ farriery, dental, dietary and healthy feeding requirements.   Knowing that we had the financial support of The Weir Charitable Trust in the middle of a global pandemic has been very reassuring”.

The Weir Charitable Trust was delighted to fund the appointment of a co-ordinator/trainer to support radio presenters who were new to radio or had little radio experience.

Deepness Dementia’s Chair, Ron Coleman, said

The Co-ordinator role was identified as essential to ensure we could train people with dementia to create and deliver relevant content.   As a result of receiving the award from The Weir Charitable Trust we have had feedback from listeners that the mix between music and chat is creating engaging conversations”.

Feedback from one of the Deepness DJ’s reports ‘I used to tell people I had early onset dementia when they asked me what I did for a living.   Now I tell them I am a radio DJ.   How cool is that!”

Recognising the impact that the charity was making on the advancement of animal welfare and their education programme, the Trust made an award to contribute towards salary costs, vet fees and food for the animals in their care.

In these difficult times the generosity of The Weir Charitable Trust enabled our charity to continue with its vital work, saving the lives of many native animals and birds.”

Pam Ewart, Chair. South of Scotland Wildlife Hospital

Since first performing in July 2018, the orchestra has given almost 200 performances to around 28,500 people across Scotland with venues ranging from schools, supermarkets and museums in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, to a farm in the Scottish Borders and the summit of Ben Nevis in the Highlands – and everywhere in between.  One fantastic achievement undertaken was the biggest ever tour by an orchestra of the Outer Hebrides – all the way out to the remote archipelago of St Kilda.

The Weir Charitable Trust was delighted to contribute towards projects where Nevis Ensemble musicians worked with vulnerable communities including older people living with dementia; refugees and asylum seekers; women seeking refuge from domestic violence; carers and adults in in-patient psychiatric care.   All projects were successfully delivered to 450 vulnerable people throughout the COVID-19 health pandemic in 2020.   These vulnerable groups continue to be affected more by the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.   Having access to the music projects had a positive impact on people’s sense of wellbeing. 

Nevis Ensemble’s Chief Executive, Jamie Munn said

“We were thrilled and extremely grateful to have the generous support of The Weir Charitable Trust for our project activity, bringing music-making opportunities to participants, and professional development for our musicians. Such support is vital in ensuring that the social and wellbeing benefits of cultural activity reach all in our communities, particularly the most vulnerable.”

To learn more about the work of Nevis Ensemble visit their website at