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 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 28th February 2020.

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

Lanarkshire Lightning Junior Ice Hockey Club

Lanarkshire Lightning Junior Ice Hockey Club is a voluntary organisation based in Coatbridge. The club aims to develop young players from age 4 to 16 by developing their skills, confidence, physical abilities and team spirit. 

Kelso Heritage Society

Kelso Heritage Society is a small charity based in the Scottish Borders that lead on projects to promote the local heritage of the town of Kelso.

GARELOCH RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

Gareloch RDA established in1976 and is run by a team volunteers providing riding opportunities for almost 60 children and adults. The group identified the need for a carriage driving service for children and adults with severe impairments where horse riding is not practical. The group embarked on a significant fundraising campaign to build a new outdoor arena to make it suitable for carriage driving. 

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February 2020 with outcomes advised by end May 2020

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2018 - Available to download.

Latest Round of Funding Awards

The Weir Charitable Trust has made 16 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.

In 2017 the Trust has supported 32 small groups and charities across Scotland with the combined awards made in the year totalling £200,955.

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of awards which closes on 28th February 2018.

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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

 

What’s the applications process?

It’s pretty straightforward:

Our group isn’t a charity – can we 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 or any other group we do not fund; are not seeking sponsorship; and that you are based and deliver your services in Scotland.

Can we apply more than once for funding?

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.

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