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An introduction to: Strengthening Communities

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.

Our Giving Strategy 2016-19 goes live next Monday (August 1st) and comprises three new funding strands which have been developed in constulation with the third sector. Having previously looked at Care & Wellbeing and Realising Potential, this week it's the turn of Strengthening Communities, our third and final strand, which 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 which come together to create meaningful, sustainable solutions to address local need.

Priority Themes

  • Reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland’s communities 

Here we are interested in targeted, early intervention approaches which improve outcomes for children and strengthen family and community relationships. We also wish to see better integration with marginalised groups and improved safety and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.

Examples of activities are as follows: Home support services for families experiencing difficult / Pre-birth and parental education, training and support for young/vulnerable parents / DIY/Housing Worker to support vulnerable people to sustain their tenancies / Services for women at risk of or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence / Support for people affected by addictions 

  • Supporting people and communities to find routes out of poverty

We recognise that people do not wish to be dependent on crisis provision and we are interested in supporting activities which increase the skills and knowledge they need to make better use of available resources.

Examples of activities are as follows: Community services which build skills and networks to support people affected by food poverty / Financial literacy and budgeting programmes / Practical information and support delivered through or in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau network / Projects which focus on sharing and learning new skills including cooking and community growing 

  • Empowering Communities

Here we are interested in approaches which increase the ability of communities to meet their own identified needs and which make best use of local assets.

Examples of activities are as follows:  The capital costs of upgrading community facilities/village halls / Development worker to liaise with local groups and develop initiatives such as befriending services or youth activities 

Details of our new funding strands are available in our full Giving Strategy 2016-19 document which can be downloaded here.