Types of Funding

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.

Through our Open Awards Programme we provide around £16M in awards each year to organisations working in Scotland.  We are a match funder (this means we do not fully fund projects or activities - more information is available in our guidance) and can consider both Revenue and Capital requests for funding.

  • Capital awards may relate to the upgrading of buildings, refurbishment costs, vehicles or equipment.   We may fund up to 25% of your capital costs
  • Revenue awards relate to expenses associated with the direct delivery of your services and can include:
    •  salaries or sessional staff costs
    •  project costs (such as activity costs, volunteer expenses, transport, etc.)
    •  core (running) costs such as rent, heating and lighting - in such cases, the core work of your organisation should reflect at least one of our funding strands.

We may fund up to 50% of your revenue costs, but such awards generally do not exceed £20,000 per annum.

We also provide funding and support to organisations through our Scholarship and Social Impact programmes although these are not generally open to applications. 

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