Every year, The MacRobert Trust conducts a programme of charitable donations, grants and awards using income from our financial investments, and surplus income generated by the estate and its activities. Overall, this amounts to over £1 million a year.
Applications are invited from across the UK but preference is given to organisations based in Scotland.
Starting in April 2016, the Trust will be following a slightly amended approach to the way that it decides on its charitable giving. The themes that we support will remain the same, however the process that deals with applications, has been modified.
The Trust Executive will continue to review and assess all applications, and make site visits as necessary, before recommendations and decisions are made. All applicants will be sent an email acknowledgement of receipt, as well as notification of how their application has fared, once a decision has been made.
Donations are restricted to organisations that are recognised as charitable by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Donations are made in good faith but progress reports on the use of the donation will be required along with copies of the latest accounts for as long as a particular donation is valid. On occasions, follow up visits are made to view progress, especially where donations have been used to fund project work.
Although there are many other areas of charitable activity, monetary awards continue to be the key charitable output for the Trust and advice on applications, as well as the necessary application form, can be found here. The other area that remains open to appropriate applications is for those who would like to be considered for a place on our Horticultural Training Scheme.
Please read all the advice and guidance in these sections before applying.