Our Grants

Application ready?

We provide around £2.5m in grants every year to charities working in Scotland. The Trust will consider applications for:

  • revenue or capital costs
  • project funding or core funding
  • one off awards (small and main grants)
  • multi-year awards for up to 3 years (main grants only)

Small Grants
There is no deadline for our small grants programme, and you can apply for up to £15,000 at any time of year. Note that multi-year applications are unable to be considered under this programme. We are open to discussing small grant opportunities which you think will support recovery from the impact of Covid-19. 

Main Grants
We award our main grants twice a year. These are grants of more than £15,000, with an average award of around £35,000. This average is for the whole award (so multi-year grants are on average £12,000-£18,000 a year for two or three years).

The next deadline for your application depends on the theme of your work.

It is advisable to speak with us before you submit your application, but this is not essential and we are happy to give advice prior to an application being made by email.


Medical Research Grants
We accept applications for research into neurological conditions, visual impairment or sight loss. If you’d like to apply for a research grant, we suggest contacting our Director to discuss your ideas.

  • Universities can apply for seedcorn for specific academics, research groups or centres who will carry out research in one of our areas of charitable concern.
  • Charities can apply for specific research projects that have completed a peer review process.

Strategic Grants

A small number of strategic grants are made by the Trust each year and tend to be with organisations that have received previous funding from the Trust. This programme has been temporarily paused for the remainder of this financial year (to March 2021), while the Trust attends to the more immediate needs of charities eligible for our funding.


The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust