Cervus Trust 


The Cervus Trust is interested in supporting charitable activities under the following themes:

Food Poverty: projects that are empowering and help people to help themselves e.g. community growing projects rather than foodbanks.

Mental Health issues: Projects targeting those with depression and anxiety, support for those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACES), projects that help to develop emotional resilience; projects supporting carers with their mental health.

The Arts: using arts, including music tuition, as an enabling tool to develop skills, confidence, and emotional well being.

Education: projects which involve outdoor education and play are preferred. School based initiatives will be a low priority unless they involve non statutory provision and involve the wider community.

Disadvantaged families and children: support for projects that will help families and children to thrive.


Priority will be given to charitable organisations and social enterprises in Fife and the fund is willing to support seed funding for pilot projects. Organisations from other areas of Scotland are able to apply but will be considered a lower priority for funding.

Grants may be awarded for the following kinds of activities (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

 “Towards the cost of delivering cookery workshops over a six week period to encourage more local people to learn how to grow and cook simple, nutritious food using community grown produce.”

 “The grant will contribute towards the costs of sessional workers to enable our carers’ support group to organise and deliver a programme of therapeutic and social activities.”

 “Towards the cost of a 12 week programme of equine therapy for young people who are disengaging from school to develop their personal, social and emotional resilience.”

 “Towards the cost of delivering Coastal classroom and Forest school sessions with primary school age children.”


  • Individuals

  • Advancement of religion or politics (including requests to support the core activities of religious or political groups)

  • The repayment of loans or payment of debts

  • Retrospective funding i.e. costs already incurred/activities already taken place

  • Trips abroad

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

  • Payments towards areas generally understood to be the responsibility of statutory authorities

  • Groups who will then distribute the funds as grants or bursaries

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Applications that are for the sole benefit to flora and fauna. Applicants are invited to demonstrate the direct benefit to the local community and/or service users in cases where the grant application is concerned with flora and fauna.

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland

  • Organisations with an annual income of more than £250,000

  • Grant requests for less than 25% of the project costs

  • Costs already incurred or activities which will take place before we have made a decision on funding (retrospective funding)


The closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 31 July.  If we do not receive your supporting documents by  this time, then your application cannot be processed.

How to Apply

Please read the guidelines before completing the online application form

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