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 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 27th August 2021.   Outcomes will be advised end November 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.

News

ONLINE APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL 5.00PM FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST 2021

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. The online application is open now until 5.00pm on Friday 27th August 2021. The Trust will consider applications from Scottish based groups and charities with an annual income of £125,000 or less per year. Outcomes will be advised by end November 2021.  

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.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019

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

FUNDING UPDATE MAY 2020

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 enquiries@weircharitabletrust.com

Post

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

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.

What is the definition of a small group or charity?

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

What is the definition of a small group or charity?

One that has an annual income of £125,000 or less each year.

Can I get feedback if my application is unsuccessful?

No.   Unfortunately due to the high number of applications we cannot provide feedback. However, you will be advised if you can re-apply after 12 months.

How soon can we reapply?

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. But you can’t reapply with the same project if it did not meet 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)

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