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David Doig Foundation

Grant size No fixed amount
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Application Deadline: This fund is now closed for applications from new organisations and will not reopen.

About this fund

The David Doig Foundation was established in memory of David Doig. David firmly believed access to education should be available to everyone, regardless of their circumstances, ensuring individuals achieve their true potential. The fund was set up to continue his vision, and provide a legacy of support for young people across Scotland.

Purpose of this fund

The David Doig Foundation supports education initiatives that help unlock disadvantaged young people’s full potential for their future success.

The Foundation will support a broad range of activities that will enable young people to take part in education. This could be around building confidence and self-esteem to enable a return to education, providing opportunities and access to activities that might not otherwise be available to young people due to their circumstances, or working with children who are at risk of or have been excluded from mainstream education.

The David Doig Foundation has a particular interest in engaging young people in education around nature, horticulture, and conservation, which will help enable them to pursue further education and careers in these areas.

Whilst there is no fixed amount for applications, the programme will typically award grants between £1,500 - £3,000. 

Additional criteria

Applicants should tell us about how their project will help their beneficiaries overcome barriers to accessing education and/or educational activities, and the fund cannot support any statutory provision. 


Who can apply?

All applicants must meet Foundation Scotland's Common eligibility criteria, please check this list before starting your application. 

Applications are by invitation from existing grantees of this fund only, in order to manage to capacity. Please get in touch with Fiona Mould via email: with a brief summary of the project you'd like to apply for to discuss the fund, and suitable projects will be sent an application form. 

What can’t be funded?

Please read through the What we can't fund page, these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds.

The fund will also not typically make awards to individuals. 

How are decisions made?

Funding is allocated based on decisions by the David Doig Foundation with support from Foundation Scotland.

For more details on our assessment processes, please visit How funding decisions are made.


Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Fiona Mould, Funds Adviser