What we fund
We provide funding awards to charitable organisations operating in Scotland through our Open Grants awards.
We have three funding strands all of which have been developed in response to needs identified through consultation with the Third Sector.
By clicking on a funding strand below, you will find details of the specific themes we are funding and examples of the activities which may fall with each theme.
In all areas, applicants should demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the Trust's Giving Outcomes and these funding themes.
You can download our full Giving Strategy 2016-19 document for full details on each strand and the outcomes we hope to achieve during this strategy's duration.
As part of our Innovation and Learning work, the Trust also offers Partnership Awards. These awards seek to test new ways of working and to build evidence around what works, what doesn’t work and why, in areas of particular interest to us. Please note that organisations cannot apply for Partnership Awards through our open application process. Instead, they may be invited to apply for an award, or awards may be advertised openly for application, depending on the programme.
Did you know?
As part of our bursary scheme, all third year Robertson scholars must complete a two month summer internship. This is fully paid for by The Robertson Trust and in 2017, 40% of scholars spent their internships at third sector organisations with feedback showing 100% satisfaction from both hosts and interns. We’re now looking for employers who may be interested in hosting an intern in summer 2018 – find out more here.
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.
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.
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 which come together to create meaningful, sustainable solutions to address local need.