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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.

Funding Strategy and Guidelines for 2015 to 2018

This is the Gannochy Trust's Funding Strategy and Guidelines for 2015 to 2018.  It has been informed by the external environment of challenging economic times which are having a serious impact on levels of disadvantage, social and health inequalities, poverty and employment opportunities (especially for young people).

The strategy has developed through a series of meetings where stakeholders described, on the one hand, a depressing picture of the funding environment in Scotland - uncertainty, cuts, endless applications and rejections, and reducing local authority support which philanthropic funding cannot replace - and, on the other hand, it was also inspirational - workers and volunteers who are passionate about their jobs and putting young people first and effective, well-run organisations who need time and space to develop new solutions to meet the challenges that they face.

Over the three year period, a significant percentage of the Gannochy Trust's funds will be made to smaller, community led groups that are supporting children, young people and people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Applicants should read the Funding Strategy and Guidelines carefully before submitting an application for funding.  The undernoted documents will assist you through the grant-making process but if you require additional assistance please contact the Trust Office on 01738 620653.

Funding Strategy and Guidelines 2015 to 2018

Guidance Notes

Organisation Information Sheet

Application Form

Revenue and Capital Template