The Trust is currently accepting applications to its Main Grants programme for charitable work that support its principal areas of interest:

  • Tackling child abuse.
  • Visual impairment.
  • Neurological conditions .
  • Medical research (into the causation, prevention, or treatment of neurological conditions, visual impairment or sight loss).
  • Animal welfare.

Registered charities that are based in or operating in Scotland and whose main focus is aligned with the Trust’s charitable objects may apply. There are no restrictions on the size of the charity that can apply for funding but the Trust will take account of a charity’s level of reserves when assessing applications.

Approximately £3 million is awarded in grants every year as:

  • Small Grants – up to £15,000 available throughout the year.
  • Main Grants – grants of more than £15,000, with an average award of around £30,000 for the lifetime of the award. These are awarded twice a year.

The funding can be used for:

  • Revenue or capital costs.
  • Project funding or core funding.
  • One-off awards.
  • One-off or multi-year awards for up to three years (main grants only).

Small grant applications can be made at any time.

There are two deadlines for Main grant applications each year – the end of March and the end of September.

The next deadlines for Main grant applications are:

  • 23 September 2019 for Child Welfare, Medical Research, Visual Impairment & Sight Loss and Neurological Conditions.
  • 9 March 2020 for Animal Welfare.


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