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.

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.

Is there a minimum or maximum level for grants?

Yes, up to a maximum of £25,000 but there is no minimum. But no matter how little or how much you need, subject to meeting the criteria on the “How to Apply” page, the Trust will consider your application. It is for Trustees to make offers of monies at their discretion and the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application.

Any decision is final and cannot be appealed.

How much can we apply for?

Cost out your project or activity then ask for what you need. But the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application. It is unlikely we will fund requests in full - we would expect to see evidence of efforts being made to raise funds by applicants themselves. In exceptional circumstances, a maximum of up to £25,000 can be applied for or awarded.

The Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Will you support projects outside Scotland or requests for money from elsewhere?

Unfortunately not. The Trust wants to focus on giving all of its support to Scottish-based groups and charities who are providing services and activities in Scotland.

What won’t the Trust fund?

  • Group or charity with an income of more than £125,000 each year.
  • Individuals
  • Commercial ventures, including start ups
  • Social enterprises
  • Requests for amounts over £25,000
  • Requests for sponsorship if fundraising for a charity or good cause
  • Debt reduction, redundancy payments, fees or payouts for legal actions raised against an individual, group or charity
  • Applications for retrospective funding
  • Applications from people based outwith Scotland or for activities carried out outwith Scotland.

What can funding be used for?

Funding can be used for capital projects (such as equipment, fixtures, fittings and refurbishments), running costs, one-off projects, core costs and salaries. In summary, anything you need it for as long as it contributes to providing a benefit to your community. If you receive an award, the money must be used for the purposes laid out in your application.

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