The Bacher Trust



Scottish Charity Number SC021782 


The Bacher Trust will be making its final round of grants in December 2014, after which the Trust will be wound up. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2014 and will be strictly adhered to. If you wish to apply to be considered for a grant, please read the criteria and the application instructions below.

The Bacher Trust was established under a Deed of Trust by Mrs Marianne Bacher in 1993. For 21 years, the Trust has made grants with the particular aim of supporting the arts, and particularly the art of music, in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland.

Application criteria

Charitable purposes: The Bacher Trust will make its final round of grants to charities based on the following criteria:-

  • The advancement of the arts and culture – the Trustees particularly favour the musical arts.
  • Please note that the Trustees will not entertain unsolicited applications which fall outside this area of interest.
  • The Trust generally does not support capital projects. 

Geographical spread:

The Trustees prefer causes in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland.

Size of award made:

The Trustees propose to make available awards of between £1,000 and £3,000. Some larger grants may be made available at the Trustees’ discretion. The Trustees will no longer entertain applications for multi-year grants.


Please note that The Bacher Trust makes grants to charitable bodies only. Applications by individuals will not be considered.

How to apply

Applications should be made in writing on no more than 3 sides of A4 by email to If your charity does not have access to email, a hard copy application may be sent to: The Bacher Trust, Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE. Postal applications should be marked for the attention of Gavin McEwan. When applying, please ensure that you provide us with your charity number and your full postal address in case we need to contact you by post.

If you have not applied to The Bacher Trust before, the most recent set of accounts for your charity should also be submitted, preferably by email, along with your application. Please do not send additional literature or materials such as DVDs, compact discs, etc, as additional materials will not be passed on to the Trustees.

Deadlines for applications

The Trustees’ final round of grants will be decided upon in December 2014. Thereafter, the Trust will be wound up and no further applications will be able to be entertained.

Applications must reach us by email or in hard copy not later than 31st October 2014. Successful applicants will be advised of any award by early January 2015. The Trustees expect to have paid all final grants to successful applicants prior to 31st March 2015.

Please note that applications are not normally acknowledged on receipt, but all applicants, whether successful or not, will be contacted after the Trustees have held their final meeting in December 2014.