John Watson’s Trust

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.

Examples of grants

  • Dyslexia tuition

  • School trips (must be applied for by the school and not individuals)

  • Bus passes

  • School expenses such as books and equipment

  • Laptops where there is a special education need

The Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians but grants may be awarded Scotland-wide depending on each individual case.

The Trust cannot routinely accept requests for day school or university fees, but grants are occasionally made for funding school expenses such as equipment, outings and tuition. School boarding fees may qualify for grants in exceptional cases where personal circumstances make boarding necessary.

Last updated on 9 August 2019

Who is eligible?

Both individuals and organisations can apply for grants.

The Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians but grants may be awarded Scotland-wide depending on each individual case.

The Trust cannot routinely accept requests for day school or university fees, but grants are occasionally made for funding school expenses such as equipment, outings and tuition. School boarding fees may qualify for grants in exceptional cases where personal circumstances make boarding necessary.

How to apply?

On a form available from the correspondent or from the John Watson's Trust website along with guidance notes. Applications can be submitted directly by the individual, or through a social worker, Citizens Advice, other welfare agency or through another third party on behalf of an individual. Applications must include full details and dates and locations of any trips being undertaken.

The grants committee meets approximately six times a year and the dates for their next meeting plus application deadlines can also be found on the charity's website.

Contact details

Signet Library
Parliament Square
Edinburgh
EH1 1RF
Email: jhamilton@wssociety.co.uk
Web: http://www.wssociety.co.uk/charities/jwt/

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