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 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

Friends of the Broadway Prestwick

Friends of the Broadway Prestwick provide free relaxed cinema screenings. The Trust was delighted to make an award to fund the purchase of equipment, licenses, and venue hire.

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.

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. 

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

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

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017

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

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

Why do I have to fill in a CAPTCHA box when submitting an application?

This is for security to check that it is a person submitting an application rather than a computer trying to spam the site.

AWARDS MADE TO 60 SMALL CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS IN LATEST FUNDING ROUND

Trustees have made awards to 60 small charities and community groups in the latest round of funding from the Weir Charitable Trust, with the average award being £2,436.

A total of 518 applications, each meeting one of the five qualifying criteria, were considered. Lorraine Tait, Trust Manager, said:

“The Trust received requests totalling over £10m, which is an indication of how tough Scotland’s small community groups and charities are finding life.

Who can’t apply for a grant?

The Trust will not accept applications from individuals. Nor will it accept applications related to commercial activity, research, pilot projects, educational establishments, social enterprises, governing bodies or public sector bodies, nor can it provide monies for sponsorship. Applications from outwith Scotland or for projects or activities outwith Scotland will not be considered.

How long is funding for?

All awards are for one year or less. 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.

I have had an email from Mr Colin Weir offering me money and it looks genuine.

This is a scam. Neither the Weirs nor the Trust makes unsolicited offers of money. Do not respond to any request for financial or personal details from the scammers.

I have left a message on the Weirs’ Facebook page explaining why I need money from them but have heard nothing….

This is a scam site and has nothing to do with Mr and Mrs Weir, who have no presence on any social media sites. If you wish to apply to the Trust for money, follow the application process.

Is there an appeal process?

No. Awards are made at the discretion of Trustees, the Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

We didn’t get an award – can we apply again?

If you are unsuccessful, the Trust will advise you if you can reapply for funding in the next round of grants in six months’ time. If you have not met all the criteria to be considered for an award – meeting a Qualifying Category, being based and providing services in Scotland, seeking less than £25,000 and being a small charity/community group (see How to apply) - you will not be able to reapply unless your circumstances change to meet those. Likewise, we do not fund commercial activity or businesses.

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