The Edinburgh Trust

The Edinburgh Trust

The Edinburgh Trust is solely devoted to helping people in Edinburgh who are struggling financially.

We do this by giving a small, one-off grant to help meet a particular need. For example, a grant may cover the cost of living, or buy practical items such as essential white goods, furniture, carpet and flooring. We also help with very basic items such as clothing, fuel costs and removal costs.

“Last year we made payments totalling more than £386,000 and helped over 1,200 households”

We can also help beneficiaries by sign-posting them to other charities or sources of support, and by doing a basic welfare benefits check and Turn2us referral.

Most people we help come to us by being referred by other charitable organisations, but after reading our criteria on this page you can also apply for help directly from this website.

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

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Who can apply?

Many people come to us after experiencing a huge range of problems such as physical or mental health problems, homelessness, unemployment and other difficult life experiences.

Before applying for help you should take a look at our criteria below to see if you, or the person you are applying on behalf of, are eligible. After that you can fill out our enquiry form to request an application pack. If we think we can help, we will ask for more information.

If at any stage we find we cannot help, we will try to direct you to other charities or organisations.

We can help people 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


Contact us

If you have any questions please call us on 0131 243 2796 during office hours or email and we will try our best to help you.