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 31st August 2018.

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

Caring Soles Project - Eric Liddell Centre

The Trust has supported the highly praised Caring Soles project under its discretionary fund with an award of £24,000.   This has allowed a new and additional satellite hub in Wester Hailes as the care charity looks to improve lives across the capital.  The service, which has twice been commended in motions at the Scottish Parliament, aims to tackle social isolation among the elderly by providing basic personal footcare treatment.

Inverness Foodstuff

Inverness Foodstuff manages a drop-in-centre for people in need on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon offering a hot, nutritious three-course meal. In addition they provide soup and sandwiches every Saturday afternoon. 

The Polar Academy

The Polar Academy is a Bo’ness-based charity with the aim of inspiring and positively changing young peoples’ lives through Arctic exploration. 

News

FESTIVE / NEW YEAR BREAK

The office will be closed from 5pm on Monday 24th December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 21st January2019.

During this time please email any questions to: enquiries@weircharitabletrust.com and a member of the Team will respond.

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2017

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2017 - Available to download.

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards.   Applications are open until 5.00pm on Thursday 28th February 2019 with outcomes advised by end May 2019

 

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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