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Thank you – it’s good to talk but even better to listen!

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.

It’s an exciting time to be at The Robertson Trust with our strategy renewal process well underway.  We are taking stock of what we currently do and how we can build on that work to provide even more support to charities. With plans to distribute £100 million over the next five years, it is important that we take time out to listen to the organisations that we currently support and to other key third sector and public bodies. We are keen to understand the challenges which charities wrestle with and the opportunities that can be maximised.

To get into listening mode we issued a survey to current grant holders and have organised focus groups with grant holders and stakeholders. Our grant holder survey received a very strong response.  To ensure that focus groups were a safe space for open and honest feedback on the Trust and our work, the focus groups were managed for us by New Philanthropy Capital, leading consultants on philanthropy. Through the survey and focus groups we have received feedback from over 600 organisations.
On behalf of The Robertson Trust I would like to thank every person who gave their time to the survey and focus groups. We now have a rich pool of advice and thoughts to inform our new strategy and to develop a better understanding of where we can really make a difference to the people and communities of Scotland.  You have given us a lot to think about over the coming months. We will share updates on our progress before publishing our new strategy later on this year. I would encourage you to sign up to our mailing list or keep in touch on Twitter, Linkedin and our blog.

One final important message to emphasise:  it’s “business as usual” both for our current grant holders and for potential applicants under our current programmes. As our strategy starts to take shape, potential applicants can rest assured that anything that will affect our application process will be communicated well in advance.

So thanks again – it’s good to talk but even better to listen!