Helping the Scottish Community ...


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 28th August 2020.   Outcomes will be advised end November 2020.

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

Lanarkshire Lightning Junior Ice Hockey Club

Lanarkshire Lightning Junior Ice Hockey Club is a voluntary organisation based in Coatbridge. The club aims to develop young players from age 4 to 16 by developing their skills, confidence, physical abilities and team spirit. 

Kelso Heritage Society

Kelso Heritage Society is a small charity based in the Scottish Borders that lead on projects to promote the local heritage of the town of Kelso.


Gareloch RDA established in1976 and is run by a team volunteers providing riding opportunities for almost 60 children and adults. The group identified the need for a carriage driving service for children and adults with severe impairments where horse riding is not practical. The group embarked on a significant fundraising campaign to build a new outdoor arena to make it suitable for carriage driving. 


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We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th August 2020 with outcomes advised by end November 2020


Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2018 - Available to download.

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.

With guidance from NHS Lothian Podiatry, training in basic footcare is given to Caring Soles volunteers and they are supported by the Eric Liddell Centre to deliver the service.  Caring Soles provides low cost volunteer-led basic footcare to people who struggle to maintain this independently. There is also a huge social engagement factor to delivering this service in the community, with service users & volunteers enjoying important social contact during appointments which makes an impact on social isolation and loneliness.

Since launching last year, the service, initially based in the south of Edinburgh, has spread across the city. This has happened following the development of satellite hubs in Restalrig at the Ripple Project and in Gorgie/Dalry at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre. The service is entirely led by volunteers who are trained by podiatry professionals from NHS Lothian. The addition of Wester Hailes completes an exciting first year for Caring Soles.

Eric Liddell Centre CEO, John MacMillan said: “We are absolutely over the moon that the Caring Soles service has been so well received in its first year. We are especially proud of feedback which notes the impact the project is having on social isolation and loneliness among elderly residents.

“With the amazing support of the Weir Charitable Trust, we will be able to deliver this service to the community of Wester Hailes.

It was founded and is run by Scotland’s greatest living Polar Explorer, Craig Mathieson who is one of only 12 polar explorers in the world to have skied to both the south and north poles.

We are thrilled to support this year’s 2017/2018 expedition with pupils from Lochgelly High School in Fife.  The award will be invested in the expedition team’s weekly training programme in Scotland and charity running costs, before the expedition team depart for 10-days in Arctic Greenland in April 2018.

Craig has worked tirelessly, since forming The Polar Academy in 2014, to transform the lives of young people in Scotland crushed by a lack of self-confidence and self esteem.  In just four years The Polar Academy has already engaged more than 50,000 pupils across the country as every pupil participating returns to share their story with other young adults in their local authority area.

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 2017 the Trust has supported 32 small groups and charities across Scotland with the combined awards made in the year totalling £200,955.

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of awards which closes on 28th February 2018.

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.

I have had a LinkedIn request from Christine and Colin Weir offering money. Is this a scam?

The answer is yes, this is a scam. The Trust has advised LinkedIn in an attempt to close this down.

What is the definition of a small group or charity?

One that has an annual income of £100,000 or less each year.