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What’s new on The Robertson Trust website?

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.

‘Evolution rather than revolution’ - the changes we’ve made to our website reflect feedback from those we work with across the Trust.

From current grant holders to third sector intermediaries, Robertson scholars to potential funding applicants, we have tried to improve the website for all audiences and create an intuitive user-experience that prioritises simplicity and clarity above all else.

While users may notice several small changes across all sections of the site, key areas for development include:


More intuitive application process

We recognise that potential applicants can often suffer from information overload when it comes to submitting applications to funders.  As such, we’ve re-structured our ‘Apply for Funding’ pages in an attempt to make the process clearer, including a secondary navigation bar (pictured) and making the information more bite-size. Once an applicant has gone through the initial process, they will be directed to the relevant application form and guidance, meaning they will now only see information relevant to their needs. We have also included new video content (see below), which provides some simple hints and tips for applicants.


Better reflection of the Trust’s work

While most know The Robertson Trust as a funder within Scotland, we are also keen to better sign-post to our other areas of work. This includes our Social Impact (formerly Innovation and Learning) team, which aims to develop knowledge to inform policy and practice, and our Scholarship team, which supports over 500 of Scotland’s most talented young people with our Journey to Success bursary and mentoring programme. As such, we have adapted our homepage to better reflect the scope of the Trust’s work and created clearer landing pages for each team. We have also simplified the navigation of the site so each audience has clear direction when visiting.


Increased support for grant holders

Our ‘For Funded Organisation’ section has been extended to address many of the questions grant holders can have. This includes the addition of a ‘Talking About Your Award’ page and advice around reporting and evidencing impact. We recognise that many of the best resources around key areas have already been created elsewhere and have linked to these accordingly. We have also created an Understanding Monitoring and Evaluation guide and advice video around setting your outcomes and activities (see below). Going forward, we will regularly post advice on our blog through our new Advice for Grant Holders channel.

Setting outcomes and activities from The Robertson Trust on Vimeo.

More options for viewing important documents

In recognition of the number of users who now access the website from mobile devices, we’ve endeavoured to make our most important documents, such as our guidance notes and award listings, available as web pages as well as PDFs.

More use of high-resolution photography

We want our website to better reflect the range of projects we fund and, as such, have sought to include more and better-quality photographs across the site. We will be seeking to capture more images throughout the year - if you’re part of a funded organisation and have some great images, we’d be really grateful if you could share them with us. Alternatively, if you’re hosting an event that offers excellent photo opportunities, let us know and we will try to come along!

Clearer award listings and deadlines

Our new award listings page will be updated monthly and includes downloadable PDFs of all of our awards. Meanwhile, we have also included more prominent links to our application deadlines, including on our homepage and in the ‘Apply for Funding’ section.

Easier to navigate Social Impact section

Our Social Impact work has three live themes; Sport for Change, Improving the Wellbeing of Women and Girls and Improving the Life Chances of Children and Young People. Each programme that sits underneath these themes now has its own page, which pulls in all relevant news and resources, creating hubs for all related information. These pages can also pull in video content, which we hope to create more of going forward.

Most importantly, our website is continually a work in progress. If you have any feedback or suggestions for sections or content you would like to see, please get in touch and we will happily look into potential developments.