What we fund

Policy Areas

In line with Miss Hunter’s original aims, the Trust has two key areas of funding support:

  • Charities that help disabled people.
  • Charities that assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people aged 16 years or over who have left school.

The Trust will invest in registered charities that deliver key services to these individuals; removing barriers that restrict life choices and enabling people to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to society.

Such charities may assist specific groups of people, for example those living with learning disabilities, mental ill health, specific types of cancer, cerebral palsy, autism, visual or physical impairments. Disadvantaged people includes those whose life experiences or environment have so far denied them opportunities to develop the skills to support themselves and contribute positively to society.

Areas of priority

The Trust seeks to encourage inclusion, integration and independence.

Priorities for the Trust include services or projects that focus on:

  • Self-management and awareness
  • Advice, support and information
  • Life-skills training
  • Employability, particularly in relation to IT, literacy and numeracy
  • Helping people participate and contribute to their community

In addition, the Trust is particularly keen to hear from the following:

  • smaller charities with a strong local community presence
  • causes that do not have a strong public profile, including start-up organisations
  • charities developing innovative approaches, including pilot projects

The Trust expects to see progression and development in the project or service for which the funding is sought, in terms of the project delivery and outcomes as well as the sustainability of the organisation itself.

The Case Studies page provides a few examples of the types of projects and services the Trust has supported in the past.

Who can apply

The Trustees welcome relevant applications from independent organisations recognised as charitable by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland (OSCR).

All funding requests must be for work within Scotland.

The Trust no longer offers grants to large charities with an income of over £2.5m/yr.  Applicants should hold reasonable but not excessive free reserves, unless there is a particular reason for holding a higher level. In the case of start-up organisations with limited reserves, applicants can provide evidence of their likely sustainability over the term of the grant.

Grant requests to the Trust can be towards an organisation’s core costs or direct project costs, including staff salaries and overheads.

Please also refer to the Restrictions webpage.