What we do not fund

Following a recent policy review, the Trustees have decided that they are unable to support the following areas/ activities:

  • Organisations that are not registered with OSCR
  • Projects outside Scotland
  • Charities with an annual income of over £2.5m
  • Services designed solely to support children under the age of 14
  • Organisations under the control of the UK or Scottish Government
  • Projects which are primarily intended to promote political or religious beliefs
  • Individuals – including students
  • Expeditions, overseas travel or international projects
  • General appeals or circulars, including contributions to endowment funds
  • Statutory requirements of local authorities, hospitals, schools, universities and colleges
  • Medical research
  • Hospices
  • Clinical work within hospitals
  • Animal welfare
  • The breeding and training of assistance/guide dogs for blind/disabled people
  • Capital projects (buildings and equipment)
  • Initiatives focused on sports, arts or the environment except where these are being used as a vehicle to engage with one of the Trust’s key areas of support
  • Normal youth club activities
  • Holiday schemes
  • Small UK charities supporting very limited numbers of people with rare disabilities/ illnesses


Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which can be found as a PDF document on the webpage Apply for a grant