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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.


The Ashworth Charitable Trust is a small grant-making charity. It was created primarily to support humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally. For the most part, the Trust looks to fund projects and not core funding.

The Trust prefers to help fund humanitarian projects and activities that share this vision and that have any of these characteristics:

  • The project or activity has been initiated by people living at the grassroots who are empowered to find the solutions to their own problems
  • The project has a relatively simple, clear set of objectives and actions that further the vision of the Trust
  • The project develops the capacity of individuals, their communities or their institutions helping them to help themselves
  • The project enhances the learning of individuals, their communities or their institutions
  • The project’s ‘beneficiaries’ participate in the management and running of the project or activity
  • The project’s ‘beneficiaries’ have suffered, or are suffering, from injustice, poverty or personal circumstances that are difficult for the individual to overcome without assistance

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Geographical areas funded: UK Worldwide

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Who can apply

Applicant''s must have a charity registration number with The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, The Charity Commission in England & Wales or The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

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When to apply

The Trustees hold biannual meetings in May/June and October/November. The closing dates for the applications to be reviewed and shortlisted are the end of February for the spring meeting, and the end of August for the autumn meeting.

You will not normally receive a reply unless you have been successful in obtaining a grant, in which case you will be informed within six weeks of the relevant meeting.

How to apply

All applications must be made online via the Trust website. Hard copy applications will not be considered.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Community development & regeneration Health care & wellbeing Sport & physical activity Recreation & social activities Respite & holidays Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Carers Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Homeless or badly housed Care experienced people People in poverty Ill-health Disabilities Victims of crime & abuse Women & girls Young people

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Ashworth Charitable Trust

  • Registered charity (rUK) 1045492
  • The Ashworth Charitable Trust Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP Second Floor 3 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2JB

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