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.

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. If you also choose to do your own PR, you must get Trust approval for what you release. 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.

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.

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