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THE CURRENT ROUND OF GRANTS HAS NOW CLOSED.

The Autumn/Winter 2024 round will open on Thursday 1 August and close at 5pm on Thursday 22 August.
Please see the Grant Programme section below.

Last year the Trust launched a refined grant policy. In line with Miss Hunter’s original aims, the Trust has decided to focus support on funding charities that support disabled people in Scotland.

Please review full details on the What We Fund page and the Restrictions page of this website to ensure your charity is eligible for funding support.

All grant applications to the Trust must be via the online application form button below. Hard copy and email applications will not be processed. Please scroll down to read more about deadlines and grant awards.

Online application

The NEW Application Guidelines document and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are also essential reading and can be found at the top 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. The current success rate is around 1 in 5 applications received being awarded a grant.


The Grant Programme & deadlines

The Autumn/Winter 2024 round will open on Thursday 1 August and close at 5pm on Thursday 22 August.
Applications will be decided at the Board meeting on 5 December 2024.

The Trust operates two rounds of grants per calendar year:

  • a Spring/Summer round – with applications submitted in February, and taken to the Board meeting in late May/ early June
  • an Autumn/Winter round – with applications submitted in August, and taken to the Board meeting in late November/early December

All grant applications will need to be submitted online before the published deadline. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late submissions.

When a grant round is closed there is an assessment underway. During this period applicants may be contacted via email for further information.

New applications cannot be submitted during this assessment period, and must wait until the next round of grants opens.


Grant awards

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.

Alternatively, your request may be for funding towards core costs (rather than a specific project/service). The Board will be more flexible with the 10% threshold as Total Annual Expenditure (TAE) is likely to be of a higher value.

Grants can offer support for 1, 2 or 3 years. 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/yr the Trust reserves a degree of flexibility on these award values. We do not award grants less than £3,000 in total.

The Board will consider your requested grant value and grant term/duration as a priority. However, an alternative grant value may be awarded over a shorter timeframe if there is strong competition for funds at that round.

Applicants should note that their grant requests should factor in the date of the Board meeting, as funding will only be awarded for activities/ charity expenditure that is yet to be delivered. (i.e. grant funding cannot be awarded retrospectively/ for costs already incurred).


Application information

Applicants must read the NEW Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) PDF documents found on this page, and review the eligibility criteria on our Restrictions page.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your application prior to submission, please contact the Trust Manager.

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.

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