The James Weir Foundation

The Trust is constrained by two factors: the Trust Deed which established the Foundation, and the law regarding Charitable Trusts.

The Trust Deed sets out certain bodies to which donations are specifically directed, together with a general class of beneficiary to which the Trustees may make donations. Charity law requires that we make donations only to bodies who are themselves Registered Charities; we cannot give money to individuals, however deserving they may be. The specific bodies to which donations are directed are:

  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • The British Science Association
  • The RAF Benevolent Fund
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Scotland
  • The Royal College of Physicians of Scotland
  • The University of Strathclyde

As a matter of practice, the Trustees give priority to charities which meet the following criteria:

  1. Those situated in Scotland and in particular Ayrshire and Glasgow

The Trust only gives to charities registered in the UK and the beneficiaries of which are located in the UK and not abroad.
The Trust does not give grants to individuals.
Successful applicants are not able to submit a further application for two years.
Applications should be received by letter with supporting evidence and a copy of the latest annual report. No applications can be received by email.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by postcard after the Trustees’ meeting has taken place.