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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 £125,000 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 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

Muirhead Outreach Project

Helping children and families to draw on their strengths and stay together.

Scottish Bi+ Network

The Weir Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that we have awarded over £17k in funding to support the work that Scottish Bi+ Network do with the bi+ community.

FAMS Charity

FAMS was established in 2013 by three mothers driven with the same desire and passion to ensure that no other young person or family would suffer the trauma they had experienced in their lives.


The Weir Charitable Trust Launches Emergency Fund

The Weir Charitable Trust has today launched a one-off emergency fund totalling £200,000 to be directed to support the most vulnerable people across...


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...

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2019 - Available to download.

Covid-19 has brought many challenges for their kinship carers. Many of them are vulnerable and shielding and have had to add home schooling to their already significant list of responsibilities. As well as this, massive worry about what might happen to their children if they get sick.

The Weir Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that an award was made to Nurture Scotland in the recent round of funding.

Responding to the news Chair of Nurture, Joanne Docherty, said

‘To receive funding from The Weir Charitable Trust right in the middle of the pandemic has allowed us to improve and adapt our service to support our kinship carers as best we can. We have moved to telephone and virtual support and having this funding has allowed us to do it seamlessly with the right resources. We have been able to create, print and send paper materials to all of those carers who are not confident digitally. Also for those carers, we are now able to look at training to help them with the move to the virtual world that covid-19 has created. We are so very grateful for the work that you do to support small, humble organisations like ours. Thank you’.


Despite being unable to provide emergency financial support through the COVID-19 outbreak the Trust continues to achieve our objective of supporting small community groups and charities across Scotland. We have been able to work remotely and have achieved our published awards May deadline by providing much needed financial support to a further 14 groups with grants totalling almost £100,000. This takes our charitable giving to almost £2.4million since we launched in 2013.

COVID-19 pandemic - contacting The Weir Charitable Trust

The office is now closed and staff are working remotely.  Please do not call the office number.   If you require to contact us please email us at


Mail is not currently being collected so all communications with the Trust should be by email.

The Trust was delighted to make an award of £6,534 to fund additional ice time and new kit which is essential for the sport.

As a result of the award, children from age 4 have been able to try out and enjoy the sport without the worry of expensive kit. Those attending are fitter, show competitive spirit and are great role models. A representative from the Club stated that since receiving the award ‘there is a real positive and exciting vibe around the club!”. Best wishes from everyone at The Weir Charitable Trust.

Each year the group of volunteers hold exhibitions, develop story boards and produce leaflets and books.

The Trust was delighted to make an award to fund the design and printing of their third and final book in the ‘We’re from Kelso’ series - More from Kelso.  This is a great example of a group of volunteers working to preserve the history of their local community.

As a result of receiving the award the charity has now produced the book to celebrate ten years of stories about men and women from Kelso and its connections.

"Kelso has had a long and interesting history and Kelso Heritage Society hope that this publication will help the wider community to discover more about their heritage and be inspired by these unique men and women” (Kelso Heritage Society)

Mia is one of the young people benefitting from this all inclusive service. Mia is a wonderful 17 and half year old young lady who just happens to have a condition called Angelman Syndrome. This affects all aspects of Mia's daily life and she needs full time care.

Mia has been accessing the Gareloch RDA since she was 5 years old and has built up a love and bond with horses. Mia is now no longer able to horse ride but is experiencing the joys of carriage driving which gives Mia a view of the horse and her surrounding environment from a high up position.  It helps with her independence as she takes part without her parents at her side and she is also using her core moving from side to side in her wheelchair. There is very little to access in the community that is fully inclusive therefore carriage driving has been life changing for Mia.

Ian Ward lead on the massive fundraising project on behalf of Gareloch RDA. Ian’s daughter, Mia, is pictured along with Bobbie the carriage driving pony and some of the amazing volunteers.

Established in 2013, West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare is a registered charity providing a range of services to people experiencing the effects of poverty in the West Dunbartonshire area. The charity is supported by around 92 volunteers and in 2018 provided the following services in the community: circulated an average of 250 basic food bags each week to 9,409 people ( 5278 adults and 4131 children); provided new uniforms, schoolbags, jackets and shoes to 221 children in need; provided breakfast and lunch bags to families during school holidays. This meant that 873 children who would normally have had access to Breakfast Clubs and School Lunches in term times did not go hungry through school holidays. Provided 200 families with Christmas Day food parcels and provided 653 children with between 6 and 10 lovely presents so that they could enjoy Christmas. The cooking and growing programme has given 144 people the opportunity to attend cooking lessons and learn how to cook low-cost nutritional meals while 72 people learned about planting and nurturing herbs and vegetables to use in their cooking at home.


The Weir Charitable Trust was delighted to support the work of the Charity in 2018 with an award to support the general running costs of the charity.