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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 - 28.03.2018

From November 2017 to February 2018, the Gannochy Trust carried out an evaluation of our current funding strategy (June 2015 to May 2018) with the aim of setting a new three year plan from 1 July 2018.   We commissioned Wren and Greyhound, a consultancy company, to help us to demonstrate the impact of our funding, identify the learning from each programme and to assess the programmes' processes and effectiveness.  The process took the form of desk research, a survey, individual interviews and focus groups.

We would like to thank the charities and individuals who took the time to help the Trust evaluate the impact of our current funding strategy.  The Gannochy Trustees had an opportunity to hear a sneak preview of some of your comments from Wren and Greyhound at their Away Day in February and they will be considering the full report at their Trustees Meeting on 29 March 2018.

We are already aware that the report contains a wealth of information which will take time to digest before we embark on the next three year plan.  The Trust has therefore decided to extend the current programme to 31 December 2018.  We have three grant-making meetings planned during that period, being 28th June, 4th October and 13th December.  Full details of the current funding strategy and application form may be found (to the left) on the 'Strategy' page.

We hope to announce the new three year funding strategy later in the year at an event which will be held in Perth in November 2018.  Please watch this space for more information in due course.