Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland

Annual charitable grants for single women over 50 years of age who experience financial hardship and have been living in Scotland for at least two years.

The Society has received an increase in applications, so it will prioritise applications from people on the lowest incomes. Please only apply if you have an annual income of £10,000 or less.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

The Society considers applications from women who are:

  • Aged 50 years or over; who have been living in Scotland for at least two years
  • Unmarried, widowed, divorced or formally separated
  • Able to show evidence of personal achievement in their life such as self support; consideration of others; voluntary or community work, or looking after family members who required care
  • Have an annual “Qualifying Income” from all sources, after deduction of tax, housing costs and any care costs, of less than £10,000.
  • Have savings/capital of £16,000 or less, excluding the value of their home.

You can read more about how "qualifying income" is calculated on the Royal Society Support for Women of Scotland website

The charity does not provide single grants for specific items or circumstances.

How to apply?

Individuals can apply directly, or someone else can apply on their behalf. Contact the society to request an application form by post. Applications are considered at quarterly meetings. Grants are awarded at the discretion of trustees.

Women who are awarded grants will be visited every fifteen to eighteen months to monitor eligibility for ongoing support.

Other information

This charity was previously known as the Royal Society for the Relief of Indigent Gentlewomen of Scotland.

Contact details

14 Rutland Square

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