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.

What will the Trust fund?

Broadly speaking, services and projects related to Sport, Recreational Facilities, Animal Welfare, Health and Culture. To ensure you qualify, check How to apply which has detailed criteria in “Qualifying Category”. However, meeting one of the categories does not guarantee funding as awards are made at the discretion of Trustees and their decision is final.

We are a new group – we don’t have years of financial accounts or records

Don’t worry, we may ask to visit you or have a chat about your current financial position but don’t let the fact that you are a new group stop you from applying. There is also space on the Application Form to detail your finances.

When can we apply for a grant?

Applications can be submitted at any time in the six month period to the closing date. The closing date for applications from Scottish-based community groups and small charities is twice a year – end of February and end of August. Awards will only be considered at those times.

However, try to avoid submitting your application at the last minute as that may not allow us enough time to gather any additional information we may require. If you submit your application early and your circumstances or requirements change, we are happy for you to amend it.

Where do I need to be based?

In Scotland. There’s no geographic bias, applications from around the country will be considered equally. However, applications from outside Scotland will not be considered, nor will requests for funds for services outwith Scotland.

I am doing things on my own to help my local community – can I apply?

Yes, you can as long as your work meets a Qualifying Category (Sport, Health, Culture, Recreational Facilities or Animal Welfare); you are seeking less than £25,000; are not a commercial venture; are not seeking sponsorship; and that you are based and deliver your services in Scotland.

 

Test Events

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