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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 Foundation supports a wide range of charities both in the UK and abroad. The Trustees' primary areas of giving are:

  • the promotion of the evangelical Christian faith
  • education and youth development, focused particularly on STEM education and vocational training in traditional crafts
  • medical welfare and research, with a particular emphasis on dementia, stroke and neuro-degenerative diseases
  • culture and the environment, focussed on improving access for young people and the disabled, particularly to projects with a national focus / impact, and on encouraging young talent in opera and the performing arts
  • overseas development projects, with a special interest in projects benefiting women and girls in low income countries in Asia

In recent years the Trustees have made a decision to spend down the Foundation’s capital endowment over a five year period commencing in 2018. The Foundation continues to be open to unsolicited applications as part of a smaller grants programme which will continue to run alongside a spend down programme.

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Geographical areas funded: UK Worldwide

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The Laing Family Trusts are a group of four grant-making trusts (Beatrice Laing Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, Maurice & Hilda Laing Charitable Trust and Martin Laing Foundation) sharing a single administration. An application to one is therefore considered as an application to all. Your your application will be directed to the most appropriate of the Trusts. Application is by letter, accompanied by a concise proposal (usually about 3 - 4 pages). Details of what should be included in this are on the funder website.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture Education & training Health care & wellbeing Research Science & technology

Beneficiaries funded: Older people Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments Religious & Belief Groups Young people

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The Kirby Laing Foundation

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