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The Gannochy Trust was founded in 1937 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, known as A K Bell, for charitable and public purposes for the benefit of the Community of Perth and its immediate environs as a direct result of his family’s successful whisky distilling business.

A K Bell’s philanthropy has been developed into one of the more substantial grant-making trusts in Scotland. Originally, the Trust contributed to worthy charitable causes solely within Perth and its immediate environs. In 1967 a Scheme of Alterations was approved by the Court of Session to expand its grant-making footprint to the whole of Scotland, but with a preference for Perth and its environs. The Trust has made significant contributions to a wide variety of projects across Scotland over many years, ranging from major national flagship projects to smaller, but nonetheless important, community projects.

19.11.2018 Grant-making Update

Please note that the final round of grant-making under the Trust's Funding Strategy 2015-2018 on 13th December 2018 is at capacity and no further funding applications will be accepted.

Our new Funding Strategy 2019-2022 and its associated application form, finance template and guidance notes are currently being finalised and will be published in early 2019 with the first Grant-making Meeting held in early April 2019.