Scottish Charity Number: SC037414

The Castansa Trust


The Castansa Trust was established under a Deed of Trust in 2008. The key motivations of the Trust are: to provide early stage/catalyst funding, for our contribution to make a difference, to encourage a business approach to philanthropy and to enable action.

Application Criteria

The Castansa Trust makes grants to charities which work in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Children and Teenagers (specifically Leadership Courses and help with Employment)
  • Support for those diagnosed with Cancer or Dementia and for their families
  • Social Inclusion
  • Culture and The Arts
  • Environment

Geographical Spread

The Trustees prefer to fund causes in the Lothians, Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway.

Size of Award Made

The Trustees make awards of between £5,000 and £15,000 available. Larger grants may be available only in limited circumstances, at the Trustees' discretion. The Trustees will consider multi-year commitments.

Average Success Rates for Applicants

The average success rate for applicants is currently around 1 in 7.

Community Grants

Our smaller community grants are distributed via Foundation Scotland, the Women's Fund for Scotland and Inspiring Scotland. Please do not make applications to The Castansa Trust which are covered in the scope of these funding bodies.


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

How to Apply

Applications should be made using The Castansa Trust application form.

Please ensure that all fields are completed prior to submission.

Deadlines for 2018 Applications

Applications are considered on a quarterly basis with deadlines of:

28 February, 31 May, 31 August and 30 November

Please note that applications are not normally acknowledged on receipt. A note will be posted on this page once the Trustees have met, typically within one month of the application deadlines, and successful applicants will be contacted.

The successful applicants from the 28th February 2018 deadline have now been informed. Unfortunately, if you have not yet been contacted, your application has not been successful.