Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that you will find answers to all your questions on this website if you are considering applying to the Trust for funding. Please consult the following list of FAQs (and the Guidance Notes) before you contacting us with any questions.

Community groups and small charities, based in Scotland and providing services in Scotland, who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding.

You may be new or established but must also meet one of the criteria in Qualifying Category (see How to apply ) and be seeking funding of less than £25,000. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee funding, but it means that Trustees will consider your application. Awards are made at their discretion and their decision is final.  You must also be able to demonstrate the benefit a grant from the Trust will bring to the people or community you serve.

 

The Trust will not accept applications from individuals. Nor will it accept applications related to commercial activity, research, pilot projects, educational establishments, social enterprises, governing bodies or public sector bodies, nor can it provide monies for sponsorship. Applications from outwith Scotland or for projects or activities outwith Scotland will not be considered.

In Scotland. There’s no geographic bias, applications from around the country will be considered equally. However, applications from outside Scotland will not be considered, nor will requests for funds for services outwith Scotland.

Yes, you can as long as your work meets a Qualifying Category (Sport, Health, Culture, Recreational Facilities or Animal Welfare); you are seeking less than £25,000; are not a commercial venture or any other group we do not fund; are not seeking sponsorship; and that you are based and deliver your services in Scotland.

Yes, you can as long as your work meets a Qualifying Category (Sport, Health, Culture, Recreational Facilities or Animal Welfare); you are seeking less than £25,000; are not a commercial venture; are not seeking sponsorship; and that you are based and deliver your services in Scotland.

 

Don’t worry, we may ask to visit you or have a chat about your current financial position but don’t let the fact that you are a new group stop you from applying. There is also space on the Application Form to detail your finances.

Unfortunately not. The Trust wants to focus on giving all of its support to Scottish-based groups and charities who are providing services and activities in Scotland.

No, we do not fund businesses or social enterprises that operate on a commercial basis, even in a community.

No and we don't accept applications from social enterprises.

Broadly speaking, services and projects related to Sport, Recreational Facilities, Animal Welfare, Health and Culture. To ensure you qualify, check How to apply which has detailed criteria in “Qualifying Category”. However, meeting one of the categories does not guarantee funding as awards are made at the discretion of Trustees and their decision is final.

  • Individuals
  • Commercial ventures, including start ups
  • Social enterprises
  • Requests for amounts over £25,000
  • 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.

Funding can be used for capital projects (such as equipment, fixtures, fittings and refurbishments), running costs, one-off projects, core costs and salaries. In summary, anything you need it for as long as it contributes to providing a benefit to your community. If you receive an award, the money must be used for the purposes laid out in your application.

No. The information should be contained in one application.

All awards are for one year or less. If you are successful, you must wait a calendar year before reapplying for further funding. However, you can apply for further funding within that period if it is not to be used for the same purpose as the original application.

Check the FAQ “Who we fund – and who we don’t” for details of who can apply and “what we fund – and what we don’t” to see what kinds of things you can apply for funding for.

Either complete the Application Form online, using the “Completing the Form” guidance notes (and having checked the “Who we we fund – and who we don’t” FAQ), and submit it or download it, complete it and post it back to us at:

The Weir Charitable Trust
27 Maritime Street
Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6SE

 

It’s pretty straightforward:

  1. Complete the Application Form online and submit it or print off and return a signed Application Form within deadline to the Trust.
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement that it has been received and the date your application will be considered.
  3. Within 14 days of applications being considered by Trustees (in line with the application cycle), you will receive notification either offering you a grant or rejecting your application
  4. You may also be contacted to undertake PR in association with the Trust (when you sign the Application Form, you commit your organisation to allowing the Trust to do this without further reference to you – please read this carefully).
  5. If your application is rejected, the Trust will advise you if and when you can apply again in future.

 

No. Have all the information to hand when you fill in the Application Form as you will have to submit it immediately on completion. We recommend you take a copy of the completed form before submitting it.

This is for security to check that it is a person submitting an application rather than a computer trying to spam the site.

Applications can be submitted at any time in the six month period to the closing date. The closing date for applications from Scottish-based community groups and small charities is twice a year – end of February and end of August. Awards will only be considered at those times.

However, try to avoid submitting your application at the last minute as that may not allow us enough time to gather any additional information we may require. If you submit your application early and your circumstances or requirements change, we are happy for you to amend it.

Grant decisions are made in April and October, with awards paid shortly thereafter. The Trust will not approve applications or pay awards at any other time although applications can be submitted at any time.

You can still apply but your application will not be considered until the following closing date.

Cost out your project or activity then ask for what you need. But the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application. It is unlikely we will fund requests in full - we would expect to see evidence of efforts being made to raise funds by applicants themselves. In exceptional circumstances, a maximum of up to £25,000 can be applied for or awarded.

The Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Yes, up to a maximum of £25,000 but there is no minimum. But no matter how little or how much you need, subject to meeting the criteria on the “How to Apply” page, the Trust will consider your application. It is for Trustees to make offers of monies at their discretion and the Trust reserves the right to award grants in full, in part or not at all depending on its assessment of the merits of the application.

Any decision is final and cannot be appealed.

All awards are for one year or less. If you are successful, you must wait a calendar year before reapplying for further funding. However, you can apply for further funding within that period if it is not to be used for the same purpose as the original application.

If you are unsuccessful, the Trust will advise you if you can reapply for funding in the next round of grants in six months’ time. If you have not met all the criteria to be considered for an award – meeting a Qualifying Category, being based and providing services in Scotland, seeking less than £25,000 and being a small charity/community group (see How to apply) - you will not be able to reapply unless your circumstances change to meet those. Likewise, we do not fund commercial activity or businesses.

The Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

As awards are made at the discretion of Trustees, the Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

No. Awards are made at the discretion of Trustees, the Trust’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

If you are unsuccessful, the Trust will advise you if you can reapply for funding in the next round of grants in six months’ time. But you can’t reapply with the same project if it did not meet all the criteria to be considered for an award – meeting a Qualifying Category, being based and providing services in Scotland, seeking less than £25,000 and being a small charity/community group (see How to apply)

Yes. At the end of the year or project, a short report summarising what has been achieved. Feel free to send pictures too. This should not be overly time-consuming or onerous but it allows the Trust to ensure that the monies it is disbursing are making a difference. If further funding is sought, it may also help to assess whether that is given or not.

We expect you to be able to account for the money being used as laid out in the original application.

You must be prepared to undertake PR in association with the Trust. That is a condition of applying for a grant – see the Application Form for details.

If you are successful, you must wait a calendar year before reapplying for further funding. However, you can apply for further funding within that period if it is not to be used for the same purpose as the original application.

Yes, you can. It is a condition of the grant that you must be prepared to undertake PR in association with the Trust. If you also choose to do your own PR, you must get Trust approval for what you release. The Trust’s PR company can advise you on how to refer to the Trust and/or grant in any materials. Their contact details are in the News section.

Yes, you can. However, you must get Trust approval for what you release publicly, whether through social media, contact with the press or to others associated with you. The Trust’s PR company can advise you on how to refer to the Trust and/or grant in any materials. Their contact details are in the News section.

This is a scam. Neither the Weirs nor the Trust makes unsolicited offers of money. Do not respond to any request for financial or personal details from the scammers.

This is a scam site and has nothing to do with Mr and Mrs Weir, who have no presence on any social media sites. If you wish to apply to the Trust for money, follow the application process.

This is a scam. Neither the Weirs nor the Trust makes unsolicited offers of money. Do not respond to any request for financial or personal details from the scammers.