Grants in Action

The Trust distributes around £80,000 each year, depending on investment performance and market conditions.  Grants are usually in the range of £1,000 to £2,000 maximum.

The Trust's objectives are generally to support targeted action helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the Edinburgh and Lothians area.

The pattern of aid has been as follows:

  • 25 – 30 % on disability, health and terminal illness projects;
  • 45 – 50 % on youth work, diversionary projects for young people, anti poverty initiatives, and support of young carers; and
  • 25% to Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund,, a trust making grants to individual young people in need.

Grants are given to a mix of established national or regional voluntary organisations and small local organisations. These can be contributions to larger projects and services, although the Trust favours one off projects where tangible outcomes can be obtained to improve the lives of young people. The Trust does not currently fund ongoing services over time.