Apply for a Grant

All grant applications to the Trust must be via the online application form button below.  Hard copy and email applications will not be processed.  We recommend that applicants first read about the Trust’s policy areas, priorities and restrictions before applying for funding to ensure that their grant application is eligible.

Main Grants


The Application Guidelines document and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also essential reading and can be found on the right of this page.

Applicants should understand that with the limited funds available the Trustees have to be highly selective and are unable to assist all organisations that apply.


Grant programmes

Main Grants Programme

This programme provides grants of between £3,000-£15,000/yr. Applications will be considered by the Trustees at Grant Distribution Meetings twice a year.  Within this programme, the Trust welcomes termed grant applications for grants covering two or three years, as well as one year grants.

The Trust looks to make maximum impact on the delivery of a project or service, and therefore the preference is to fund a greater proportion of the total project cost (TPC). Therefore, the Trust will only award grants that equate to at least 10% of the TPC.

The Recent grants webpage provides information on the levels of grants awarded at recent Board meetings.  Whilst most grants are between £3,000-£10,000 the Trust reserves a degree of flexibility on these award values.

Please see information about application deadlines below.

Small Grants Programme

The Trust no longer delivers this programme and has instead lowered the threshold for grant requests under the Main Grants Programme to £3,000 and above.


Application deadlines

The current deadline for Main Grant applications = 5pm Friday 15 March 2019 for decision at the Trustee meeting on 13 June 2019. (Late applications will not be eligible).

Next deadline for online applications = late August 2019. Exact date TBC. These applications will then go towards the Board meeting in late November 2019.

There are two grant decision meetings a year (November and May/June) and their deadlines will be approximately 10-12 weeks prior (typically late August/ early September and late February/ early March).  During this assessment period, the Main Grants Programme will be closed to new applications and this webpage will be updated accordingly.


Application information

The Trust now operates an online application process.  Please read the Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) PDF documents.  The points below summarise the type of information you will be required to supply:

  • A brief description of the organisation’s background, aims and objectives, and current activities/services and achievements
  • A full description of the project requiring funding – what do you want to do, who will be involved, where and when will it take place and how will it be managed? Which aspect are you applying to this Trust for?
  • How have you identified the need for this work?
  • What difference or changes will the project make in people’s skills, knowledge, feelings or behaviour (i.e. what are the projected outcomes)?
  • What activities/services will you carry out to achieve these changes (ie what key targets have you set – whenever possible these should be numerical)?
  • How do you intend to monitor and evaluate the work so that you know whether or not you have been successful?
  • What is the proposed timetable for the project?
  • What are the project costs and budget?

We advise all applicants to review the Trust’s Privacy Policy to understand how the Trust uses any personal data supplied in the grant application process. Please follow the link in the footer below.



Useful advice

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the Trust Manager, Sarah Wright, for informal advice and if they are uncertain how to proceed with an application. Contact us.

Useful information for charities operating in Scotland can be obtained from OSCR – the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator at www.oscr.org.uk and helpful advice on monitoring, evaluation and reporting can be obtained from Evaluation Support Scotland at www.evaluationsupportscotland.org.uk

Information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/ and guidance about safeguarding and notifiable events can be found on the OSCR website listed above.