The Stevenston Charitable Trust

Scottish Charity number SC030619


The Stevenston Charitable Trust was established in 2000 with the particular aim of supporting the arts, and particularly the art of music, in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland.

The Trustees’ priority is the encouragement of participation in and promotion of accessibility to music and the arts, including the promotion of accessibility in spite of geographical isolation.

Application criteria

Charitable purposes

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

  • The advancement of the arts and culture – the Trustees favour musical and visual arts, but other aspects of the arts and culture will be considered. Charities which promote access to the arts by young people are of particular interest to the Trustees. The vast majority of grants are made in this field.
  • The advancement of health – the Trustees consider only a small number of grants in this field in any one year focused on the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland only. Large national health charities are unlikely to be successful.
  • Please note that the Trustees are unlikely to entertain applications which fall outside these two main areas.

Geographical spread

Projects in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders are supported, but the primary focus is on East Lothian. Charities which carry out work outside of the Lothians and Borders are unlikely to be considered.

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. The Trustees will be making limited grants in 2024.


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

How to apply

Applicants must comply with the following requirements and have regard to the Important Notes section below. Failure to do so may mean that your application is declined.

Applications should be made in writing on no more than three sides of A4 via the application form. If your charity does not have access to email, a hard copy application may be sent to: The Stevenston Charitable 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 Stevenston Charitable Trust, the most recent set of accounts for your charity should also be submitted, preferably by email, along with your application.

All applicants MUST submit with their application a copy of the statement of financial activities (SoFA) page from their annual accounts showing their income, expenditure and total funds carried forward. If you send this material in a separate email from your main application, then please make sure that this is clearly stated so that we can match up your paperwork.

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.

Important notes

  • Applicants must let us know if they change their contact details after applying, as we cannot otherwise follow up on your application.
  • Successful applicants must present grant cheques promptly. Cheques which go stale will not be replaced and will be treated as forfeited grants.
  • The Trustees do not enter into correspondence.

Deadlines for applications

The Trustees meet once a year, usually in January or February, to decide on grants for the following 12 months.

Applications should reach us by email or in hard copy no earlier than 1st September and not later than 15th December. Applications received outside of that timeframe will be declined automatically so please apply in good time if you wish to be considered and do not apply too early. Successful applicants will normally be advised of any award by early March at the latest. The Trustees normally pay grants prior to 31st March in each year.

Please note that, in order to keep administration costs down, applications are not normally acknowledged on receipt. If you don’t hear from us by the end of March, then you should assume that your application has not been successful.

Application Form