The Trust looks after a charitable fund from which grants to organisations working with young people in the Edinburgh and Lothian area are distributed.

The Trust's charitable fund was established in August 1993 following the sale of Ponton House, a former boys' home. The Trustees determined to move from the outdated residential support service for disaffected boys to a broader role of supporting young people in need in the Edinburgh area. It has been making grants since then, distributing over £1 million over this period.

Applicants for grant support should note that the Trust has established new criteria to apply from April 2021 to the end of the calendar year 2022, during which grant aid maximums will be increased to £3,000 for this period only.

An emphasis will be placed upon supporting families and early years provision, health and wellbeing initiatives for families and children, and overcoming the many opportunity gaps arising from the pandemic affecting low-income households.

The Trust’s traditional focus on young people’s homelessness and employment support is not abandoned, but will have a lower priority in this period.

Additional grant support may also be made available for established organisations suffering income reduction or service provision difficulties as a result of pandemic restrictions.

Further details are provided in the Applying for a Grant section.

Recent Awards

For the latest information on grants that we have awarded, visit our News pages.