The Trust operates two grant programmes: the Main Grants Programme (grants over £4,000), and a limited Small Grants Programme (grants up to £3,999). Applications to both programmes must fit within one of the four policy areas described below, and must be for projects operating in Scotland.
The Trustees will fund a variety of charities that:
1. Support people living with arthritis or cancer
The Trust will assist a range of projects supporting people living with arthritis or cancer. Although there are no restrictions on the type of project that can be considered, the Trust does have an interest in schemes that assist with self-management and those that help people live with their condition. The Trust has, however, discontinued its assistance to hospices.
2. Help disabled people, including those affected by physical disability, visual impairment or illness
a) Advice, support, welfare benefit schemes
b) Information, awareness and self-management/education
c) Employment and life-skills training
3. Help people living with mental health issues or learning disabilities
Priorities are the same as those listed above.
4. Assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people
The Trust will consider projects working with people aged 16 and above who have left school. Priority will be given to schemes which provide basic skills or improve employment prospects, such as life-skills, ICT, literacy and numeracy. Activities involving sports, arts and the environment may be considered only where appropriate.