North Berwick Trust are currently closed for grant applications. 

The next general grants round will open for applications from Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 12 noon. 

Applications are welcome from North Berwick organisations, charities and individuals. Grants of up to £30,000 are available for projects and initiatives that deliver against the Trust’s funding themes.

Application forms and guidance notes will be available to download here:

NBTL Organisation Information Sheet March 2022

NBTL Grant Application Form March 2022

NBTL Grant Programme Guidance March 2022

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What can the grants be used for?

Each project or activity should:
• Be specific and have a measurable outcome(s) (it should be clear what the activity or service comprises and what public benefits it will achieve);
• Be located in or support people who live in North Berwick;
• Be developed and managed for charitable aims (commercial activities or those with an element of ‘private’ benefit are not eligible);
• Be for a specific purpose (one-year funding is the preferred option);
• Have a demonstrable financial need (it is unlikely that the Trust will award funding to organisations with healthy reserves or endowments);
• Be able to secure some additional funding for projects over £3,000; either from its own resources and/or from other funding bodies.
• Not be a replacement or substitute for statutory or other funding which would normally be provided by the Scottish Government or local authority;

We are unable to fund:
• Holidays, other than for respite or the relief of poverty;
• Animal welfare projects;
• Political or lobbying activities

Organisations that have successfully applied for funding from NBTL during preceeding 12 months are not eligible to apply.


What information do applicants need to provide?

Applicants will need to fill in an Organisation Information Sheet and Grant Application Form. Grant Programme Guidance is available.



How much will the Trust fund?

For 2022/23 there is £270,000 of grant funding available. The grant application process will next open up in March 2022, the upper limit for a single award is £30,000.

Who is eligible for a grant?

The Trust is charged with benefiting the residents of North Berwick and their dependants. Therefore we welcome grant applications from those whose projects demonstrate alignment with our objectives and outcomes. These can be viewed in our Trust Vision document.

North Berwick Trust will support individuals, groups, and organisations. Applicants are not required to be constituted or charitable bodies.

However, the Trust would not normally support applications from:

  • Individuals under 16 years of age.
  • Groups without a suitable bank account.
  • Groups, organisations, or individuals whose registered address lays outwith the area of North Berwick
  • Organisations that have successfully applied for funding from NBTL during preceeding 12 months are not eligible to apply.


How long will the application process take?

Application forms will be made available at least one month prior to the published closing date. All submissions are then assessed, and recommendations made to the North Berwick Trust Limited Board.

Once the grant is awarded, the applicant will have a period of 24 months to receive payment and complete the project, unless the Trust has agreed an alternative timescale in advance. In order for the grant to be received, the Trust requires the applicant to provide appropriate receipts and invoices. Payment will normally be made in arrears unless otherwise agreed.

The terms and conditions of grants will be determined by the trustees of North Berwick Trust Limited.