Western Recreation Trust
The Western Recreation Trust was set up following the sale of Lowlands of Scotland hotels in the West of Scotland. Its philosophy is to give back to communities in the West of Scotland through making grants to organisations working with local young people to keep them on a positive path in life – primarily keeping them away from drugs and alcohol. This remit covers anything from sports clubs to community groups and childcare providers and beyond, the key points being the geography and the connection with young people.
Organisations submit applications for consideration by the Trustees. The trustees prefer to give funds for the purchase of items of equipment rather than simply general funding, on the basis that by doing so, their funds will make the greatest difference to and benefit the most young people in the communities which the Trust operates to serve.
Grants of up to £1,500 or £2000 are expected, but smaller amounts can be applied for too. If the initial written application letter meets the criteria, The Western Recreation Trust will ask to see the applying organisation accounts, and will want to know if they have received grants from the WRT before or from any other source. How the Grant requested from the WRT is going to be used etc.
The WRT will decide is the request falls within their remit and if there is enough funds to give the whole amount requested or part of it. Some organisations apply for a contribution towards their final funding goal, others request amounts for a single items such as a computer or a new television, tents, football strips or boots for instance. It’s pretty diverse and the WRT will consider every application carefully.