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The Weir Charitable Trust


The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere. It fund supports services/projects in the following qualifying categories:

  • Sport: encouraging and increasing public participation in sport (activities which involve physical skill and exertion)

  • Recreational facilities: the provision or organisation of recreational facilities (buildings, pitches or similar) with the aim of improving the conditions of life for the people for whom the facilities are primarily intended. This is only in relation to facilities which are primarily intended for people who need them due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

  • Animal welfare: for the advancement of animal welfare

  • Health: the advancement of health, including prevention or relief of sickness, disease or human suffering

  • Culture: supporting the heritage - tangible or otherwise - of Scotland, through projects that encourage participation in and preservation of Scotland's distinctive culture.

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

Fund type

Type of funding: Grant

Type of cost: Capital, Revenue

Fund award sizes

Maximum: £25,000

Annually awarded: £201,161

Notes on award amounts:

Annual total and average from 2021 accounts. Most awards were made under the Health category. Funding of up to £25,000 is exceptional.

Who can apply

The applicant must be a community group or small charity, applying from a Scottish address, with an income of less than £125,000 a year.

Maximum annual income:£125,000

When to apply

The closing date for applications is twice a year at the end of February and end of August. Upcoming deadlines are 5pm on:

  • 28 February 2023 (Outcomes advised end May 2023)

  • 31 August 2023 (Outcomes advised end November 2023)

Next deadline: 28 Feb 2023

How to apply

Application form available on the Trust's website. They request that any enquiries are made via email or using the online contact form on the Trust's website.


  • Social enterprises

  • Requests for sponsorship if fundraising for a charity or good cause

  • Debt reduction, redundancy payments, fees or payouts for legal actions raised against an individual, group or charity

  • Applications for retrospective funding

  • Applications from people based outwith Scotland or for activities carried out outwith Scotland.

  • One off events such as Gala Days, exhibitions

  • Large capital projects

  • Community Councils, Parent Teacher Associations, Active Schools activities

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