Funding for Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community.

The aim of the Weir Charitable Trust is to support individuals, groups and charities, new or established, which are based in Scotland and provide services in Scotland. The Trust anticipates supporting charitable groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 that find difficulty in sourcing funds from traditional or mainstream funders.
Although grants of up to £25,000 are available, the average grant is typically £3,500.

To be eligible for funding, proposals should fall within the following five main areas:
• Health
• Sport
• Culture
• Recreational Facilities
• Animal Welfare

Applications are invited for projects and activities that improve the quality of life for people wherever they are in Scotland. There are two funding rounds per year.
Please note that the Weir Charitable Trust made 16 awards to small community groups and charities in the latest round of funding.
The first 2018 deadline for applications is 28 February 2018 (5pm).


The annual Orkney Youth Awards will take place on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at the King Street Halls, Kirkwall and we are looking for your support to make it another night to remember.

The Youth Workers Forum come together to celebrate young folks’ achievements in the community through their participation in various awards including Youth Achievement, Duke of Edinburgh and the Saltire Awards.

We are looking for your support to ensure that young people across Orkney are recognised for their achievements – three ways in which you could help are:

1. If you are working directly with young people (aged 12-25) that are working towards ANY Youth Award please support and encourage them to complete the award/fill out time sheets so as they can receive their award on the night. Please fill out the nomination form before Wednesday 4 October 2017 to register interest.

2. We are seeking nominations for the Summit Award which is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering in the community.  The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

3. Spread the word.

If you have any questions about the Youth Awards or how to nominate a young person for a Summit Award please do not hesitate to get in touch with

Brian Cromarty -
Cheryl.Rafferty -
Laura Leonard –

Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to hearing from you.


Fundraising is an essential activity for many, if not most, charities. It’s what supports them in pursuing their charitable objectives – and it ultimately rests on public confidence. When fundraising, there are rules that must be followed and charity trustees must be aware of their responsibilities.
The laws around fundraising have not changed but due to the changes in fundraising self-regulation over the past 2 years and the heightened awareness about fundraising practices, those at OSCR feel that new guidance is necessary.

To ensure that guidance is as robust as possible it is important for the sector to provide input. Consultation is an essential part of OSCR’s policy making process. It gives them the opportunity to seek your opinions.
The consultation on our draft Fundraising Guidance is open from 07 September to 1 December 2017. The response is split into parts:

Online usability questionnaire -  this strand will take a few minutes to complete and asks you to rate how easy the draft guidance is to navigate and understand.  is strand asks more detailed questions about the content of the draft guidance and the technical guide. Respondents will provide their answers to a series of questionson a consultation response form, which can be returned by post or emailed to

Contact has now confirmed six free workshops across Scotland this autumn for parents of young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Booking for these is now open through

Workshops in Inverness, Alloa, Inverurie and Livingston will give parents an insight into the process of transition along with information, tips and tools to support their own planning and preparation. A workshop in Galashiels will look at powers of attorney and guardianship, introducing parents to the legal considerations around ongoing support for their family member, and equipping them to make the best decisions for their own circumstances.

Please note the workshops are aimed at families and are not open to professionals. They are part of a wider parent consultation funded by the Scottish Government through the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities (CYPFEIF and ALEC) Fund. For more details visit and click on “Going Forward – Preparing Parents for Transition

Tracey Francis
Transitions Officer
Craigmillar Enterprise and Arts Centre (SPACE)
11/20 Harewood Road
Edinburgh, EH16 4NT

Direct Line:  07458 046071

The Contact free helpline is an advice service for families caring for a disabled child.
Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri) or 


 The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has decided to develop a brand with relevance to its organisation, connecting with history whilst reflecting future direction. From August 2017, the Foundation will be known as the Corra Foundation. The name ‘Corra’ comes from Scots mythology and relates to ideas of knowledge and change.

For the last three decades, the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland has contributed to improving the lives of individuals and communities across Scotland and in developing countries. Although the name has changed, the organisation itself remains the same, and the grant programmes administered by the Foundation are unaffected.

 The Foundation offers or administers the following grants programmes: 

  • The Henry Duncan Grants Programmes is a general grant-making programme which supports grassroots charities working in Scotland that have an annual income of less than £500,000 and are delivering services to improve community disadvantage. These one-off grants of up to £7,000 are aimed at charities working with people who may typically be experiencing challenging family circumstances, disability, mental ill health, abuse or poverty. There is particular interest in work supporting vulnerable children and young people; isolated older people; carers; families in poverty; and people affected by disability or mental health issues. Applications are considered six times a year.

  • The Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) - promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance issues. It is currently closed to applications.

  • Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme is specifically designed to support the work of small international NGOs in Scotland who might not otherwise be funded through larger mainstream funding rounds. It is currently closed to applications.

    The next deadline for applications for a Henry Duncan grant is 25 September 2017.








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