Scottish Charity Number SC028858


The AEB Charitable Trust was established under a Deed of Trust in 1998 for a variety of charitable purposes.

Application criteria

Charitable purposes: The AEB Charitable Trust presently makes grant to charities in support of the following:

  • The promotion of interests of wildlife, ecology and nature;
  • The advancement of health, in particular, research into and treatment of Alzheimer's and the care of the confused elderly;
  • The support of museums and galleries, music and the arts in Scotland;
  • Assistance to the infirm, the emergency services, disabled and retired members of the Armed Forces.

Please note that the Trustees are presentaly unlikely to entertain applications which fall outside these four main areas.

Geographical spread:

The Trustees favour causes in the Lothian and Borders regions of Scotland.

Size of grants made:

The Trustees typically award grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Larger grants are available only in very limited circumstances at the Trustees' discretion. The Trustees will consider multi-year commitments.


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

How to apply


Applications for 2018/19 are now open. Click here to apply.

Applications should be made in writing on no more than 3 sides of A4 via the online application form. If your charity does not have access to email, a hard copy application may be sent to: The AEB Charitable Trust, Turcan Connell, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE. Postal applications should be marked for the attention of Kenneth Pinkerton.

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.

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

Deadlines for applications

The Trustees meet once a year in Spring to decide on grants for the following 12 months.

Applications should reach us by email or in hard copy not later than 30th November. The Trustees normally pay grants prior to 31st March in each year.

Please note that applications are not normally acknowledged on receipt, however, successful applicants will be contacted after the Trustees have held their annual meeting. A note will be posted on this page once the Trustees have met.