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.


Since 1983, Venture Trust has provided intensive personal development for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

The Robertson Trust is a long-term supporter of this charity and most recently awarded a three year grant towards its Inspiring Young Future programme.

To find out more about the organisation, its work and its award from The Robertson Trust, watch the video below. 

How this fits with our Giving Strategy...

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
Funding Strand: Realising Potential Theme 2: Supporting “at risk” young people to make positive choices

What we liked about this project

“As a long-term supporter of Venture Trust, we have always been impressed with how well they evidence the difference they are making for young people, particularly those who have not previously engaged in programmes of support. It’s important to us that organisations are clear on who it is they want to help and the change they want to bring about. Venture Trust now has a strong reputation in the sector for using wilderness settings and activities as effective tools for improving interpersonal skills and increasing participants’ motivation to make positive changes. This is brought to life by the case study in the video funding story, as is the time and effort the organisation invests in building strong, person-centred relationships. I look forward to seeing how Inspiring Young Futures progresses in the future - I’m in little doubt it’ll continue to build on the significant impact Venture Trust has already made over the years!”

Lesley Macdonald
Head of Giving