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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

 

FESTIVE / NEW YEAR BREAK

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: enquiries@weircharitabletrust.com 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.

Who can apply?

Check the FAQ “Who we fund – and who we don’t” for details of who can apply and “what we fund – and what we don’t” to see what kinds of things you can apply for funding for.

Can I save my application form and go back to it later?

No. Have all the information to hand when you fill in the Application Form as you will have to submit it immediately on completion. We recommend you take a copy of the completed form before submitting it.

Our business does work in the community – can we apply for an award?

No, we do not fund businesses or social enterprises that operate on a commercial basis, even in a community.

Can businesses or commercial ventures apply for funding.

No and we don't accept applications from social enterprises.

I have had an email offering me money from the Weirs/The Trust but I haven’t applied for any money.

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.

EUROMILLIONS’ WINNERS SET UP WEIR CHARITABLE TRUST

Chris and Colin Weir, who won £161m on EuroMillions in July 2011, have launched a new charity, The Weir Charitable Trust, endowed with an initial £5m.

Contact us

The office is not staffed on a full time basis.   Please email enquiries to: enquiries@weircharitabletrust.com and a member of the Team will respond.

Please do not use this form to apply for an award, requests for funding will only be accepted via the Application Form.

“Contact Us” is for general questions that are not answered on the FAQs page.

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