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A coronavirus update for grant holders

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

The Robertson Trust recognises that the coronavirus outbreak presents an extraordinary challenge to the way our communities currently support one another.

We understand that many of our funded organisations will be affected in the weeks and months ahead and have been contacting the organisations we work with to make them aware of the measures we are putting in place to make the months ahead a little easier.

This week we have written to organisations funded by The Robertson Trust to assure them that:

  1. The Trust will not ask organisations to return any unspent funds, for example, if a project or services can’t be delivered or needs to be postponed.
  2. Those in receipt of a restricted revenue award from the Trust, which now needs to be used in a different way as a result of the current crisis, can do so without having to let us know.  We simply ask that they update us as part of future reporting.
  3. Those with a pledged revenue or capital award from the Trust which has not yet been released will receive an extension to the standard 12-month period if a project is delayed.

​The Trust understands the pressures placed on the third sector as a result of this crisis. We have written to organisations to let them know that they do not need to ask our permission or tell us about  such changes now. However, we have requested that they keep us informed as part of their routine reporting.

We have also relaxed the reporting requirements for multi-year grants, simplifying the process and time required for reporting.

We are acutely aware that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought widespread uncertainty across the third sector, communities and wider civil society across Scotland.  We have therefore also reached out to all current applicants to the Trust who are awaiting a decision to reassure them that we will continue assessing their application as normal.

Whilst we very much enjoy coming out and visiting our funded groups, we will sadly be unable to do so until the situation improves.  The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Trust, the organisations we work with and the communities they serve remains our number one priority.

We believe in the incredible work of the Scottish third sector and hope that, in the months ahead, we can all work together to unite as a community.