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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 Friday 30th August 2019.

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

Caring Soles Project - Eric Liddell Centre

The Trust has supported the highly praised Caring Soles project under its discretionary fund with an award of £24,000.   This has allowed a new and additional satellite hub in Wester Hailes as the care charity looks to improve lives across the capital.  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.

Inverness Foodstuff

Inverness Foodstuff manages a drop-in-centre for people in need on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon offering a hot, nutritious three-course meal. In addition they provide soup and sandwiches every Saturday afternoon. 

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. 



We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 30th August 2019 with outcomes advised by end November 2019



The office will be closed from 5pm on Monday 24th December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 21st January2019.

During this time please email any questions to: and a member of the Team will respond.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2017 - Available to download.

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.

The Trust was pleased to support FRED with an award of £2,000 as a contribution towards veterinary and feed costs.
The award made a difference to the welfare of the donkeys through the winter months.

The Trust was pleased to support the Centre with an award of £3,600 to fund additional activities.

As a result, Centre users have had some amazing trips and outings that would otherwise not have been possible, supported by the fantastic team at the Centre.

Having secured their own premises, the Trust was pleased to support the group with an award of £2,000 as a contribution towards their first year’s rent.

As a result of receiving the award from the Trust, the group has moved into their new wheelchair accessible premises where they meet weekly.