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An introduction to our new funding strands

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.

Last summer, we invited current and past grantholders to complete a questionnaire about today’s Third Sector environment in Scotland and, in turn, help shape the future direction of The Robertson Trust’s funding.

Unsurprisingly, the 650 responses we received have played a key role in shaping our new Giving Strategy by helping us identify:

  • common challenges affecting communities and individuals in Scotland;
  • common approaches being used successfully to address these challenges;
  • common internal challenges being faced by charitable organisations working in communities in Scotland.

With these in mind, combined with insights from key stakeholders and published evidence and data, we have developed three new funding strands that we are confident reflect the most prevalent challenges in Scotland today.

It is also our hope that these strands will simplify the application process and our Giving Strategy document provides a number of priority themes for each, highlighting precisely where the Trust wishes to focus its funding. Whilst committed to working across these strands for the duration of this Giving Strategy, the types of projects and activities funded within them may change as we increase our learning on the basis of ongoing evaluation.

Each strand is summarised below, but we recommend potential applicants look over the full document to see where their activities fit within our new Giving Strategy, which goes live on August 1st

Care and Wellbeing
This Strand focuses on improving people’s physical and mental health. It recognises the need to address the significant health inequalities which exist in Scotland and reduce the levels of exclusion faced by some of the most vulnerable members of our society. In addition to encouraging preventative approaches to improve health and wellbeing, this Strand will also incorporate responsive approaches which support those with mental or physical ill-health to live independently.

Strengthening Communities
This Strand has been developed in response to the social inequalities in Scotland. Within Strengthening Communities we hope to support work which benefits those who have been disproportionately affected either economically, or due to the marginalised nature of their peer group. We also recognise the value of building on local assets and wish to support organisations and communities

Realising Potential
This Strand is based on recognition that there are social and educational inequalities in Scotland which emerge from a very young age. By supporting activities, projects and organisations that seek to address these inequalities The Robertson Trust aims to support more young people to reach positive destinations.

This Strand will also capture work which identifies and nurtures talent in young people across a wide range of disciplines, helping to create a body of young people who are confident and resilient with the potential to become future leaders within their field.

For more details on each funding strand, including the priority themes and example activities, please refer to our Giving Strategy 2016-19.