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. You can apply for up to £15,000 at any time of year. Any grant applications received for our small grants programme will next be considered for a funding decisions at the end of September 2020.

Note that multi-year applications are unable to be considered under this programme.

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 is the average throughout the lifetime of the award, not per year. The deadline for your application depends on the theme of your work.

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. Proposals for strategic grants will be in line with our funding themes and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • involve a collaboration with partners
  • innovation of a new programme or concept that requires pump priming
  • is enabling a programme to be taken to scale by replicating it in one or more new areas

The application process for strategic awards is different to our other grants, and the Director will invite charities, in the first instance, to discuss the opportunity with us before a proposal is developed.

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