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How to apply

Applications that were received by 31 October will be reviewed on 18 November, and will hear from the Trust by the end of that week

John Watson's Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability, or who are socially disadvantaged. Grants are available to individuals or organisations working with eligible children and young people. Although the Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians, grants may be awarded Scotland wide depending on each individual case. John Watson’s Trust is a charity registered in Scotland under charity number SC014004.

The Trust cannot accept requests for day school or university fees however, grants may be made for funding school expenses such as equipment, outings and tuition. School boarding fees may be covered however, this is usually in exceptional cases where personal circumstances make boarding a necessary option. Schools may apply for class trips if they feel several children would benefit.

There are four different application forms, depending on the purpose of your grant. Please read the explanatory notes before completing the application form, answer all the questions and enclose all supporting documents. Application forms without supporting evidence from referees will not be considered, and we recommend that repeat applications do not take place within the same year.

Completed applications should be emailed to Laura Campbell or posted to the address on the form.

Application form - individual.doc
Explanatory notes for individuals.pdf

Application form - organisations.doc
Explanatory notes for organisations.pdf

Teachers may apply for funding towards educational school trips:
Application form - school trips.doc

Application Form - boarding fees.doc
Explanatory notes for boarding fees.pdf

Should you require any assistance completing your application please contact Laura Campbell at or on 0131 225 0658.