Wesleyan Foundation

Large Grants


Wesleyan Foundation Large Grants aim to support:

Registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups across Scotland.

Grants will be considered from community groups (as long as you have a constitution), registered charities, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and social enterprises that focus on:

  • Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise

  • Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity

  • Advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing

This programme is intended to support groups/organisations with an income less than £250,000. Grants of up to £10K for one year are available. 


  • Individuals or sole traders 

  • Statutory work in educational institutions

  • Groups who have been operating less than two years

  • Capital Builds

  • Arts projects and arts focussed organisations

  • Sports clubs and societies (unless the project benefits disabled people)

  • Contact sports such as boxing

  • Overseas travel or expeditions

  • Direct Replacement of statutory obligation and public funding

  • Groups with significant financial free reserves

  • Contribution to an endowment fund, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans

  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (e.g. disabled riding schemes)

  • Organisations or charities which are solely to promote any particular religion

  • Pure sponsorship purposes or funding purely for costs of fund raising events

  • Promotion of religious or political activities 

  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants or who present poor financial health

  • Schools, Churches or PTA’s unless wider community benefit is demonstrated

  • Organisations with incomes over £250,000.

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

  • Purchase of second hand vehicles

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

  • General fundraising appeals or activities

  • Projects which do not benefit people in Scotland


The fund is currently closed.

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