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South Ayrshire Charitable Trust

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The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust has been set up to assist and improve the lives of South Ayrshire residents who are in need because of poverty, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

What funding is available?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust has almost £760,000 of funding available to help tackle poverty and assist those in need. The funds are split geographically:

  • Ayr - £563,500
  • Barr - £500
  • Girvan - £50,000
  • Coylton - £7,000
  • Maybole - £3,395
  • Prestwick & Monkton - £126,000
  • Troon - £9,500

Please note:

There is maximum award of £10,000 for applications to the Ayr, Prestwick & Monkton fund. A limit of £5,000 is in place for applications from Girvan. The maximum amounts will be reviewed annually by the trustees who oversee the fund.

Who can apply for funding?

Funding is available to groups, organisations and individuals provided they can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the trustees that the funding will be used to help those in need living in South Ayrshire.

Possible activities the trust may support could include but are not limited to:

  • Providing grants to local clubs or organisations which support the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the elderly or the sick: and
  • Providing grants to purchase items for projects that will benefit local residents and patients of hospitals and care homes

How do I apply?

There is a group application form and an individual application form for each geographical area. Applicants will be required to show that the funding will be used for the benefit of the residents of the specific geographical area.

Once you have the correct form, please complete and return it to:

South Ayrshire Charitable Trust
c/o Marion Young
Community Planning Officer
Economy, Neighbourhood and Environment
County Buildings
Wellington Square

Alternatively you can email your completed form to

Contact information

For more information or to get help filling out an application form use the following contact details
Phone 01292 612626

Registered Charity Number SCO45677


Why do funds apply to specific areas?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is made up of sixteen former trusts which operated throughout South Ayrshire, some of these funds were set up decades ago. The Council has brought all of these trusts together into one. The original16 trusts had specific rules on where the funding could be spent and these rules still apply.

Why is there an award limit for Ayr, Prestwick, Monkton and Girvan?

This is due to the amount of funding available in those areas and to ensure a fair distribution of the funding.

What is the South Ayrshire Charitable Trust?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is a registered Charity SCO 45677 which is administered by the Council. This trust has been set up to bring together 16 older trusts so that the funding can be used to help residents in South Ayrshire.

Who decides on grants?

The trustees are the thirty Councillors of South Ayrshire Council and their statutory successors in office.

How are grant decisions made?

The trustees will consider each application based on the established criteria.

When will I find out if I am successful?

The Council will contact you on receipt of your application and will then contact you when a decision is made. The first round will be considered in September 2016.

Can I apply to another fund if I don’t live in that area?

No, your application will need to reflect where you live. If you are not sure or live on a boundary, please phone Marion Young on 01292 612626 or email for more information.

Do I need to be on benefits to apply?

No, you do not need to be on benefits, but your application must meet the criteria of the Trust.

How do I find out if I am successful?

We will use the contact details you provide in your application form to tell you if you have been successful or unsuccessful.

If I am unsuccessful can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again if you are not successful first time round, although it might be worth contacting Marion Young on 01292 612626 or email to find out why your application was not successful first time round.

What should I do if my contact details change during the process?

Please email or phone 01292 612626 and provide the updated details.

Are there any other funds I can apply to?

There is also the Council Grant Scheme, please contact or phone 01292 612626 for more information.

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