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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 Agnes Hunter Trust SCIO was established in 1954 to support registered charities delivering health and social welfare projects in Scotland. In 2021 the Trust converted to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

The Trust now focuses on one key area of funding support:

  • offering grants to charities that support disabled people in Scotland.

Disabled people are those who have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities (Equality Act 2010). Service provision will focus on providing opportunities and enabling people to lead fulfilling lives. This may include activities that offer advice, information and support, or life-skills, volunteering and employability training.

Applicant charities may assist with a wide range or specific groups of people, for example those living with mental ill health, cancer, physical and sensory impairments and long-term health conditions, as well as people with learning disabilities, autistic people, and other neurodivergent people.

In addition, the Trust is particularly keen to receive grant applications from the following:

  • smaller charities meeting a demonstrable ‘need’ from their local community
  • causes that do not have a strong public profile, including new Scottish charities
  • charities developing innovative approaches, including pilot projects

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Type of cost:
Revenue, Core costs

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Who can apply

Applicants must:

  • provide a service that supports disabled people
  • be a charity registered with OSCR
  • deliver a service in Scotland
  • have an annual income of less than £1 million

Applicants should hold reasonable but not excessive free reserves, unless there is a particular reason for holding a higher level. In the case of new charities with limited reserves, applicants can provide evidence of their likely sustainability over the duration of the grant.

Maximum annual income:

When to apply

The Autumn/Winter 2024 round will open on 1 August and close at 5pm on 22 August.

The Trust operates two rounds of grants per calendar year:

  • a Spring/Summer round – with applications submitted in February, and taken to the Board meeting in late May/ early June
  • an Autumn/Winter round – with applications submitted in August, and taken to the Board meeting in late November/early December

All grant applications will need to be submitted online before the published deadline. Each round is open for approximately 2-3 weeks to allow applicants to submit their form. When a grant round is closed there is assessment underway. During this period applicants may be contacted for further information.

New applications cannot be submitted during this assessment period, and must wait until the next round of grants opens.

Next deadline: 1 Aug 2024

How to apply

The Trust operates an online application process. Full guidance can be found on the Trust's website.

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Activites funded: Advice & information Health care & wellbeing Mental health care

Beneficiaries funded: Ill-health Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments

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Agnes Hunter Trust SCIO

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