Helping the Scottish Community ...


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.

Applications are open for our next round of awards until 5.00pm on Friday 25th February 2022 with outcomes advised end May 2022.

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.



We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. The online application is open now until 5.00pm on Friday 25th February 2022. 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 May 2022.  

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2020

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2020 - Available to download.

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.

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

Unit 201,
Ettrick Riverside,
Dunsdale Road,
TD7 5EB.


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.

Do we have to do anything in return for the money?

Yes. At the end of the year or project, a short report summarising what has been achieved. Feel free to send pictures too. This should not be overly time-consuming or onerous but it allows the Trust to ensure that the monies it is disbursing are making a difference. If further funding is sought, it may also help to assess whether that is given or not.

We expect you to be able to account for the money being used as laid out in the original application.

Can we promote the fact we got a grant?

Yes, you can. It is a condition of the grant that you must be prepared to undertake PR in association with the Trust. This could be in the form of a published case study on the Trust website. If you also choose to do your own PR, you must get prior approval from the Trust Manager for what you release.

Can we put the information on our website/circulate to others?

Yes, you can. However, you must get Trust approval for what you release publicly, whether through social media, contact with the press or to others associated with you. The Trust’s PR company can advise you on how to refer to the Trust and/or grant in any materials. Their contact details are in the News section.