The Bacher Trust



Scottish Charity Number SC021782


The Bacher Trust was established under a Deed of Trust by Mrs Marianne Bacher in 1993 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 makes grant to charities which work in the following fields:-

  • 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 typically make awards of between £1,000 and £3,000 available. Larger grants or multi-year commitments are available only in very limited circumstances, at the Trustees’ discretion.


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 this is the first time that you have applied to The Bacher Trust, 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 meet once a year in January to decide on grants for the following 12 months.

Applications should reach us by email or in hard copy not later than 15th December. Successful applicants will normally be advised of any award by early February. The Trustees normally pay grants prior to 31st March in each year.

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 annual meeting.