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Monetary Awards

The monetary awards are split into four categories: Cromar, Alastrean, Douneside and Lady MacRobert.  Each one has its own specific governance arrangements and internal processes, please follow the link in the table below which will provide the relevant guidelines for each award.

Award Category

Cromar Up to £1,000
Alastrean Value between £1,000 and £10,000 – total award value
Douneside Value between £10,001 and £50,000 – total award value
Lady MacRobert Over £50,001 – currently closed to applications

Application Guidelines

The Trust operates an online application process.  Please read the eligibility criteria and guidance for each type of award before beginning the application. It is important to let us know as much information as possible which may help your application. The type of detail we are looking for is:

  • The charity’s background, aims and objectives, current services being delivered, latest projects and achievements.
  • A full and detailed description of the project requiring funding – what are your plans, who/how many are involved, where is the project base and how will it be managed.
  • Which piece of the project are you applying to the Trust for?
  • How have you identified the need for this work?
  • What differences the project will make and what are the expected outcomes. Have timelines and targets been set?
  • How will you monitor and evaluate the work so you can be clear if outcomes are met and it is a success?
  • Has any funding already been secured and who else do you propose to apply too?

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your application prior to submission, please email the Charity Manager.

Budget guidance

All applications must be accompanied by your detailed budget sheet or our revenue and capital form, either will be accepted.

Your budget information needs to inform us of:

  • Projected income and expenditure for each year you are requesting our support.
  • Clearly show what income is secured and what is still pending.
  • Ensure your figures match the application narrative.
  • Where possible, include costs for the project you are applying for.
  • If applying for running costs, a breakdown of the charity’s annual costs will be required.
  • Your charity’s annual audited accounts must be sent to us with the application and each year thereafter, until the award duration is complete. Future award payments may be held if accounts and progress reports are not received.
  • The Trust will always check your charity has a clear and published reserves policy that meets the needs of your charity.

Application Deadlines

Cromar awards up to £1,000 are reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications should be submitted on the portal before the 21st day of each month. The outcome will be advised by email during the first week of the following month.

Every financial year there are up to six rounds of the Alastrean awards programme, which accepts applications up to the value of £10,000. The closing date and when we will advise you of the outcome are noted below. The outcome date may be open to change depending on the volume of applications received during the review for that month.

Alastrean Review         Closing date         Outcome date

May 2021                              21 May                        15 June

July 2021                              23 July                        16 August

October 2021                         18 October                 12 November delayed until 19th

February 2022                      18 February                11 March

For the financial year 2021/22 there will be one round of the Douneside award programme, which accepts applications up to the value of £50,000.

The closing date is noted below. The Directors meet during November when applications will be assessed. The outcome of the award will be notified post meeting.

Douneside review Closing date Outcome date
November 2021 31 July 21 16 November 21

The dates for the next Douneside award programme will be advised in January 2022. The website will be updated with the information as soon as it is available.

Until further notice the Lady MacRobert award programme is closed to new applications. The website will be updated when this changes.


Safeguarding relates to the actions taken to promote the welfare and well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults, to protect them from harm, abuse and neglect.

The Trustees of a charity have the primary responsibility for safeguarding beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, and must take all the necessary steps to ensure that their charity is operating in a safe and secure environment. The MacRobert Trust takes safeguarding seriously and we expect charity’s applying for awards to have a safeguarding policy, which is up-to-date and relevant to their beneficiaries. You will be asked for a copy of your charity’s safeguarding policy during the application process.


Please note that The MacRobert Trust receives an extremely high volume of applications and there is a limit to the funds we have available. We always reserve the right to exercise discretion when considering which applications will be successful. As mentioned previously, the decision is final, and you cannot appeal. Due to limited staffing within the charity department, it may be difficult to offer feedback to each charity. We will endeavour to do so when asked but this may not always be possible.

If you are considering applying for any of the monetary awards described here, please look at the themes, exclusions and guidelines before completing the application form. In light of the volume of requests, please be aware that those applications that do not follow the guidance or answer the questions may well be excluded without further consideration. Please note these have been some changes to our themes in April 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact the Charity Manager before beginning the application process.

Should you have any questions about the process or new themes, please email the    Charity Manager – Alison Donaldson at

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