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Annual Review 2015-16 launched

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.

We are delighted to launch this year's Robertson Trust Annual Review, which provides details of each of our open grants awarded in 2015-16.

Key statistics in this year's publication include:

  • A total of £17.1 million was awarded to 704 organisations across 2015/16
  • 308 of these organisations received funding for the first time, totalling £4.6 million
  • Main awards averaged £31k, while small awards totalled £8k
  • Robertson House continues to thrive as a charity hub and received over 7000 visitors across the year
  • Our bursary programme continues to grow and now works with 76 Scottish secondary schools and 15 universities
  • The number of Robertson scholars rose to 344, with a record 180 new undergraduates beginning in 2015

2015/16 also represented a year of change and growth for the Trust, as our own staff team grew and we tackled and completed a thorough strategic review to identify the priorities for our future grant making. On the back of this work, which included a survey of 650 grant holders, our new Giving Strategy was launched on 1st August of this year and November will see the first awards made under our new funding strands; Strengthening Communities, Care and Wellbeing and Realising Potential.

You can read the full story of 2015/16 at The Robertson Trust by downloading the Annual Review here. Meanwhile, please keep an eye on our website and Twitter account for updates on our awards throughout the year.