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Glasgow Women’s Library

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.

About the organisation

In addition to its role as a large lending library and accredited museum, Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) uses learning in its broadest form to help women develop new knowledge and skills which can improve their lives, impacting positively on their family and the broader community. It runs a regular programme of workshops, classes, courses and events and its more targeted work with marginalised and socially excluded women has included the Adult Literacy and Numeracy classes , a BME women’s group, an anti- Sectarianism project and a volunteering programme, which also receives revenue funding from the Trust. GWL is based in Bridgeton Public Library in the East End of Glasgow, having secured a 25 year lease and undertaken a phased, capital redevelopment plan to create a multi-purpose learning hub.


About the award

Toward the capital costs of the learning hub, which will be used to increase its programme of training activities and strengthen links with Universities and Colleges.


Giving Team View: What we liked about this project

"This charity adopts an inclusive and creative approach, presenting learning opportunities which are flexible and attract women who lack self-confidence or have been excluded from formal education. The move to Glasgow's East End will introduce them to a new community of potential volunteers, providing further development opportunities for women from a wide range of backgrounds."


How this would fit with our Giving Strategy 2016-19

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19 (launched August 2016), applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.

Although granted prior to the strategy launch, this application would have been eligible under our new approach as a result of its fit with the following themes:

  • Funding Strand 2: Strengthening Communities
    Theme 1: Reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland's communities

To find out more details about all of our funding strands and themes, please download our Giving Strategy 2016-19.