Frequently Asked Questions - Who we fund – and who we don’t

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.

You may be new or established but must also meet one of the criteria in Qualifying Category (see How to apply ) and be seeking funding of less than £25,000. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee funding, but it means that Trustees will consider your application. Awards are made at their discretion and their decision is final.  You must also be able to demonstrate the benefit a grant from the Trust will bring to the people or community you serve.

 

The Trust will not accept applications from individuals. Nor will it accept applications related to commercial activity, research, pilot projects, educational establishments, social enterprises, governing bodies or public sector bodies, nor can it provide monies for sponsorship. Applications from outwith Scotland or for projects or activities outwith Scotland will not be considered.

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.

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.

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.

 

Don’t worry, we may ask to visit you or have a chat about your current financial position but don’t let the fact that you are a new group stop you from applying. There is also space on the Application Form to detail your finances.

Unfortunately not. The Trust wants to focus on giving all of its support to Scottish-based groups and charities who are providing services and activities in Scotland.

No, we do not fund businesses or social enterprises that operate on a commercial basis, even in a community.

No and we don't accept applications from social enterprises.

One that has an annual income of £100,000 or less each year.