The trust now focuses on one key area of funding support: offering grants to charities that support disabled people in Scotland.
Disabled people are those who have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities (Equality Act 2010). Service provision will focus on providing opportunities and enabling people to lead fulfilling lives. This may include activities that offer advice, information and support, or life-skills, volunteering and employability training.
Applicant charities may assist with a wide range of specific groups of people- for example, those living with mental ill health, cancer, physical and sensory impairments, and long-term health conditions, as well as people with learning disabilities, autistic people, and other neurodivergent people.
In addition, the trust is particularly keen to receive grant applications from the following:
smaller charities meeting a demonstrable need from their local community
causes that do not have a strong public profile, including new Scottish charities
charities developing innovative approaches, including pilot projects
Who can apply
provide a service that supports disabled people
be a charity registered with OSCR
deliver a service in Scotland
have an annual income of less than £1 million
Applicants should hold reasonable but not excessive free reserves unless there is a particular reason for holding a higher level. In the case of new charities with limited reserves, applicants can provide evidence of their likely sustainability over the duration of the grant.