Scottish Charity Number SC049785


Conundrum Charitable Trust was established under a Deed of Trust in 2019.  It has wide, grant-giving charitable purposes.

Application criteria

Applications are invited from:-

  • Community Interest Companies with an asset lock
  • Constituted voluntary organisations with no charity number
  • Constituted sports groups
  • Community benefit societies
  • Organisations with tax exempt status but no registered charity number
  • Registered charities, CIOs, SCIOs and individuals

Applications should be made in writing and on no more than 2 sides of A4. The application should explain the purpose for which the grant is sought and include a budget/breakdown on how the grant would be spent.

Applications that do not meet the application criteria will not be considered further. For applicants that pass the first stage, one of the Trustees will arrange to meet with representatives from the applicant charity before the next grant meeting.    

Geographical spread

The Trustees favour causes in Scotland.

Size of award made

The Trustees may make awards of up to £5,000 per annum per applicant.    

Successful applicants may re-apply for further funding twice (three separate applications in total) although to be successful, the Trustees will be looking to see development of the charity rather than reapplication on an identical basis.


The Trustees will not support the following:-

  • Individuals
  • Bodies seeking to distribute grants/funds to individuals or other organisations
  • Local, regional or government institutions and organisations with core statutory responsibilities (e.g. NHS, local authorities, parish councils and town councils)
  • Organisations that appear to have excessive unrestricted or free reserves and no policy to reflect the rationale behind this
  • Political parties or party-political activities
  • Schools (except for special schools), parent teacher associations, nurseries, preschools, playgroups and universities/colleges
  • Building renovations/general refurbishment
  • Feasibility studies
  • Foreign travel
  • General marketing appeals or sponsorship
  • Medical research, treatment and equipment
  • Projects that promote religion
  • Training or educational workshops that do not result in a tangible outcome for participants

How to apply 

Applications should be submitted as follows:-

By Please note that the maximum combined size of the application documents is 10MB.

By Post: Conundrum Charitable Trust, Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE marked for the attention of Miss Alix Storrie.

There is no need to provide a copy of your annual accounts, unless they are not available online.

Deadlines for applications

Applications should reach us by email or in hard copy not later than 1st March and 1st September of each year. The Trustees hold 2 grant meetings per year, in May and November, and seek to pay grants within 2 weeks of the grant meeting.

Please note that applications are not acknowledged on receipt. Successful applicants will be contacted after the Trustees have held their grant meeting.