Are You Eligible?

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.

If you are considering making an application to our Open Awards Programme, make sure you are able to agree with the following statements:

  • My organisation is a registered Charity or Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee
  • My organisation is not a Housing Association, or Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) of a local authority 
  • My organisation has less than 12 months free reserves or can demonstrate financial need (more information on this is available in our FAQs)
  • My organisation's proposed work will take place in Scotland
  • My organisation's proposed work falls within one of our funding strands

If you are still unsure if your organisation is eligible, please review our FAQs and then get in touch with a member of the Giving Team

Did you know? On 27th June 2019, we launched on a new pilot, Wee Grants for Wee Groups. This is for applications of £500-£2,000 and is open to both constituted community groups and registered charities. Find out more about this here

  • Funding for individuals, including travel /personal training costs/uniforms
  • Projects and activities which incorporate the promotion of political or religious beliefs, or requests for salaried posts where there is a requirement for the post holder to be of a particular faith or none
  • Work which takes place outside Scotland
  • Research or feasibility studies
  • The provision of information and advice (e.g. Helplines) with no associated, longer term support
  • Replacement of statutory revenue funding for mainstream playgroups and nurseries
  • Capital costs of Memorials/Statues/Universities/Colleges
  • One off events/festivals which have no associated educational activities or where these do not address disadvantage, in line with our funding strands 
  • The standalone purchase costs of buildings and/or land
  • Capital work on buildings not owned by the applicant or on which the applicant does not have a long term lease
  • Any retrospective costs already incurred by the applicant
  • Work which does not address one of our funding themes
  • The salaries of staff employed by, or seconded from, another organisation 
Next: Our Funding Strands