Applying for a grant
All the information you need to apply for a grant is available here.

Our 2022 to 2027 Grant Strategy sets out the work we fund, and includes information on criteria, outcomes, and exclusions.

Who we fund

The Gannochy Trust awards grants to registered charities for work in Perth and Kinross and across Scotland, that deliver the outcomes that the Trust hopes to achieve with its funding.  Currently, a greater proportion of our annual giving of around five million pounds is awarded to charities based or working in Perth and Kinross.

What we fund

We have different eligibility criteria for charities based or working in Perth and Kinross, than those across Scotland.  We fund charities to deliver the following aims:


For Perth and Kinross:


To improve the quality of life

by delivery of at least one of these:

  • Positive change in people’s lives and communities.
  • Increased inclusion, enablement, independence, mental health and wellbeing.
  • Increased access to employment, volunteering, learning, culture, sport, and leisure opportunities.
  • Increased equality of opportunity and active citizenship.


To improve the availability or quality of the built and natural environment for wide community use

by delivery of at least one of these:

  • Greater access to services and facilities.
  • Improved infrastructure.
  • More sustainable services and facilities that reflect local priorities.


To develop and inspire children and young people (From age 0 to 21 inclusive)

By delivery of at least one of these:

  • Increased participation, opportunities, and experiences through culture, leisure, play, environment, and heritage.
  • Increased access to sporting opportunities at all levels of participation and ability.
  • Increased leadership or mentoring.
  • Accredited non-formal learning through voluntary activity in the community.​


For the Rest of Scotland:


To develop and inspire young people (From age 11 to 21 inclusive)

We want to focus on quality work with young people to deliver at least one of these:

  • Increased peer leadership or peer mentoring.
  • Better employment options that can be measured.
  • Accredited non-formal learning through voluntary activity in the community.

Programmes that lead to improved mental health or wellbeing are particularly encouraged.


Youth Panel Fund (Perth and Kinross only)

We have also established a Gannochy Trust Youth Panel Fund which was designed by young people and will provide grants of up to £10,000 for youth health, youth voice, and youth mental health and wellbeing in Perth and Kinross.  Youth Panel members have delegated responsibility from the Board of Trustees for assessing applications and approving funding of up to £100,000 per year.  Click the link for further information about the outcomes of the Youth Panel Fund.

Applying for a grant
How to apply

As of 15th August 2023, all applications should be completed using our new online application portal. Please note that applications posted or emailed in Microsoft Word format will no longer be accepted.

Applicants should read our grant strategy and check that your charity and the work you are doing are eligible for funding. Both exclusions and eligibility are described in the Grant Strategy. When you are completing your application form, please remember to only include how your project will meet The Gannochy Trust’s outcomes and not your own. The Trust’s outcomes for Perth and Kinross, and the rest of Scotland are clearly outlined in the Grant Strategy.

We strongly recommend that you read the Grant Strategy and Guidance Notes for Applicants carefully. Applications that require significant clarification may need to be delayed to a subsequent grant making meeting for consideration.

To begin your application please follow this new process:

Step 1:  Read the Gannochy Trust Grant Strategy 2022 – 2027.

Step 2: Read our Guidance Notes for Grant Applicants which include a step-by-step guide to completing the online application form, guidance on presenting your aims, outcomes and targets/indicators, and your budget schedule. To help you prepare you will also find a list of the application form questions in the appendix of the guidance notes.

Step 3: When you are ready to apply please click HERE to access the online application portal and register for an account. Read through all the information on the website carefully.  You will be invited to apply using our Perth and Kinross or Rest of Scotland applications depending on where your project is located.

Step 4: Complete the online application form and ensure all of the questions have been answered. The form will save as you go and you can come back to it as you like. Please ensure that you have attached all applicable documents as detailed in Section G of the application.

Step 5: Submit your application. Please note that once submitted, your application cannot be edited. If there’s information that you’d like to change, please send us a message with details of this.

If you would like a member of staff to check the main elements of your application before submission, please login to our portal and send us a message through your applicant dashboard. **Please note that in the week prior to application deadlines staff time will be limited so please do leave ample time if you’d like us to check your application**

Step 6: Upon submission you will receive an automated message to confirm that your application has been received. We may be in touch to ask further questions regarding your application. We would expect to notify you of the decision within three to four months of the meeting deadline date.



Before applying, please email to request a Stage 1 Capital Project Summary Template to complete and return. Our Trustees will review your submission and decide if your project will progress to Stage 2 – which is the submission of a full funding application.

Applying for a grant
Application deadlines

The Gannochy Trust Board meet three times a year to consider grant applications.  We aim to deal with your application as efficiently and effectively as possible.  It is important your application is submitted by the deadline date so we have time to discuss your application or receive additional information if required.

The deadline for applications in 2023 and 2024 are:

  • 20th October 2023, for consideration at the grant-making meeting on 14th December;
  • 5th January 2024, for consideration at the grant-making meeting on 6th March 2024;
  • 3rd May 2024, for consideration at the grant-making meeting on 3rd July 2024;
  • 4th October 2024, for consideration at the grant-making meeting 4th December 2024.

We aim write to you within three weeks of the meeting with a decision about your application.

Gannochy Trust Youth Panel Fund deadline dates are different and are listed on the Youth Panel page.