Application guidance

Before submitting an application, please read our frequently asked questions  to check whether your request is something we can help with and for information regarding our criteria. Please complete the form below and press the submit button. You will receive response confirming receipt.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any queries please feel free to contact us

Do you fund core costs?

Yes, there are no restrictions on what you can apply for.

How long will it take for a decision on my application?

The grants committee meets in February, April, August and November. When you make an application we will respond with an indication as to when a decision will be made.

What level of grant is available?

Grants range from £500 to £10,000. See our list of previous awards for details of successful applications here.

What geographicals areas do you cover?

Merchants House will only consider applications from Charities who provide services in the areas detailed in the map provided on the banner.

Who can apply?

We are able to consider applications for grants from the central administrative body of (but not from individual units of) and in the following order of preference:-

  • A Charity registered with OSCR- (Office Of Scottish Charity Regulator)
  • Organisations providing care and assistance to groups of or concerned with disabled, elderly or terminally ill, and the socially deprived
  • Organisations providing for the care, advancement and rehabilitation of youth
  • Universities, Colleges of Further Education and Schools
  • Organisations connected with the Arts – Music, Theatre and the visual arts
  • Such organisations of which the Dean of Guild is an honorary President or vice-President or other honorary office-bearer, or on which the Merchants House is officially represented

Can we get feedback if our application is unsuccessful?

Unfortunately due to the high number of applications we cannot provide feedback.

Our application was unsuccessful. When can we apply again?

You must wait 12 months from the date of the email confirming our decision before reapplying.

What other documentation will we need to send?

You will not be able to submit your completed online application form until you have attached a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent independently examined or audited Accounts and your organisations most recent bank statement-please ensure the account name, account number and sort code are clearly stated.