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The Edinburgh Trust

What is The Edinburgh Trust?

The Edinburgh Trust was established in 2011.

It is the result of the consolidation of 33 funds operating in the City of Edinburgh, which are now looked after by the national charity Elizabeth Finn Care.

The Edinburgh Trust operates solely in the City of Edinburgh to provide dedicated support to its residents who are in financial need. 

We can help with:

  • Provision of a small one-off grant to meet an identified need.
  • Sign-posting to other charities or sources of support.
  • A basic welfare benefits check and Turn2us referral.

We cannot help with:

  • Private medical and dental costs.
  • Prescription glasses.
  • University or school fees.
  • Funeral costs.
  • Legal fees.
  • Loans.
  • Business start-up costs or loans.
  • Personal debts.
  • Funding for full time students.


The Edinburgh Trust can give help to those who:

  • live within the boundaries of the City of Edinburgh Council local authority area.
  • have less than £10,000 accessible household savings.
  • Receive means tested welfare benefits or earnings that result in an annual household income that is below £16,000.

The Edinburgh Trust includes 4 funds with additional critera to those above:

  • The Trinity Hospital Fund you must be over 55 years of age.
  • The Sir James Steel Fund you must be over 55 years of age and preference is given to those who have been connected with the building trade.
  • John Watson Fund for Corstorphine, Leith and Cramond you must be a resident of Corstorphine, Leith or Cramond.
  • The Edinburgh Support Fund no additional restrictions.

How do I apply?

For enquiries, or to request an application pack please contact us on the details below.

Contact Details

The Edinburgh Trust
Elizabeth Finn Care
Thorn House
5 Rose Street
Tel: 0131 243 2796 or 0131 243 2795