The Robertson Trust Strategy Renewal - FAQs

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.

Our current three-year strategy comes to an end in 2020. As a result, we have undertaken a process in 2019 (supported by New Philanthropy Capital) to ensure that how we work and what we do reflect the trends we see and feedback we have receive from our stakeholder engagement.

We are in the process of finalising the details of our new strategy and will be providing regular updates in the coming months. While we acknowledge that the breadth of work we currently fund is appreciated by our stakeholders, our new strategy will place greater emphasis and focus on poverty and trauma, their causes and impact.

We have also reflected on our role as a 21st Century funder and how we can best use all of our resource to help create a fair and compassionate Scotland.

It is our intention to be as transparent as possible so we would advise all those with an interest in our strategy to follow our social channels and/or website, or sign up for our mailing list for the latest updates. Potential applicants can rest assured that information about our funding programmes will be shared as early as possible.

All awards made under our current strategy will be honoured and nothing will change in the terms of your existing award.  

In order to ensure the transition between strategies is as smooth as possible, we will close our current funding programmes. The deadline for Main and Small Award applications is 5pm on Friday, 28th February 2020.   Applications under our Wee grants for wee groups fund will close at 5pm on 17th December 2019.

We have spent time this year reviewing  the outcomes of our current strategy and talking to existing grantholders and stakeholders.  We have also spent time building our understanding of the current challenges facing communities in Scotland and thinking about the best way for us as a funder to work alongside communities to address these challenges.

Through carrying out this work, we are confident that our new strategy will be fit for purpose and support the third sector in building a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish.

We will be providing updates on our social media channels and website throughout early 2020 in the lead up to a launch in September 2020.  You can also stay in touch with us by joining our mailing list.