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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 26th February 2021.   Outcomes will be advised end May 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

Muirhead Outreach Project

Helping children and families to draw on their strengths and stay together.

Scottish Bi+ Network

The Weir Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that we have awarded over £17k in funding to support the work that Scottish Bi+ Network do with the bi+ community.

FAMS Charity

FAMS was established in 2013 by three mothers driven with the same desire and passion to ensure that no other young person or family would suffer the trauma they had experienced in their lives.

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open Friday 26th February 2021 with outcomes advised end May 2021.  

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...

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.

 

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Who can apply for a grant?

Community groups and small charities, based in Scotland and providing services in Scotland, who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding.

How do we apply?

Either complete the Application Form online, using the “Completing the Form” guidance notes (and having checked the “Who we we fund – and who we don’t” FAQ), and submit it or download it, complete it and post it back to us at:

The Weir Charitable Trust
27 Maritime Street
Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6SE

 

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