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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 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.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Capital, Revenue
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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.

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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:

  • 30 August 2024 (outcomes advised end November 2024)
  • 28 February 2025 (outcomes advised end May 2025)

Next deadline: 30 Aug 2024

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.

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Activites funded: Animal welfare Arts & culture Community facilities Health care & wellbeing Sport & physical activity

Beneficiaries funded: Economically/socially disadvantaged General public Socially isolated people Mental health conditions Ill-health Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments Young people

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