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Grant-making policy review update, August 2022

In the first half of 2022, The McGlashan Charitable Trust undertook a review of its grant-making policy. The aim was to ensure our limited resources had the biggest impact in line with our priorities. Our two main areas of grant-making are arts organisations and postgraduate education in Scotland. We are a small Trust, making total annual awards of around £150,000 each year.

We are now able to confirm the changes we are making to the application criteria and process for grants awarded to organisations.

The McGlashan Charitable Trust intends to prioritise supporting people facing socioeconomic disadvantage and projects tackling socioeconomic disadvantage.

Applications should:

  1. Be from arts or cultural charities based in Scotland and;
  2. Tackle socioeconomic disadvantage, or create more equitable access to the arts across society

What are Trustees looking for?

We want to support arts organisations that remove socioeconomic barriers to participation in culture or educational activities.

In all cases we want to support work that is focused on tackling socioeconomic disadvantage. This means we are looking for activities that help to tackle unequal access to, and participation in, the arts, based on socioeconomic background.

We expect to transition to a grant portfolio that has a smaller number of funded organisations but with higher grant levels. Grants will be more flexible.

How much can I apply for and over what period?

  • We will provide funding for a single year and for up to five years – we may even extend beyond this if a strong case is made
  • We will make annual grants of not less that £1,000; annual grants are not likely to exceed £10,000 – total organisational awards from the Trust in any one year will be c.£75,000

What is your policy on supporting core costs?

The Trust is willing to support all core costs if the applicant can demonstrate their primary focus is tackling socioeconomic disadvantage. For organisations undertaking projects in this area, but whose primary focus is not socioeconomic disadvantage, we will make a reasonable contribution to core costs, in addition to the project costs applied for.

What is the application process?

  • We invite initial applications outlined on no more than two sides of A4 with a separate project or organisation budget – we also request:
    • Your latest annual accounts, explaining any significant movement in reserves and your reserves policy
    • Your latest management accounts, explaining key variances
  • There are two submission deadlines annually, 30 April and 31 October. The next deadline for written applications is 31 October 2022.
  • We may invite will some applicants to meet Trustees to discuss their applications – we want open, collaborative, and long-term relationships with our grantees.
  • We will write inform all applicants of the outcome of their application before the end of November 2022.

What is the reporting process for successful organisations?

We would like to maintain an open dialogue throughout the grant period. We ask that organisations submit a simple annual report and budget appropriate for grant size. We are open to pausing or changing awards if projects change – these requests can come at any time.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any questions about these changes, or if you’d like to speak to a Trustee or our Administrator in advance of making an application, please contact the Trust’s Administrator Thea de Joode by email: info@mcglashantrust.org