Souter Charitable Trust open to applications from UK charities for projects that help relieve human suffering (application deadline 18 September 2020)

The Souter Charitable Trust is seeking grant applications to support projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in all its aspects in the UK and overseas – especially, but not exclusively, those with a Christian emphasis and ethos.

The Souter Charitable Trust was set up by Sir Brian and his wife Lady Elizabeth Souter in 1992. Since 2006 the Trust has awarded more than 15,000 grants totalling over £104 million.

Over the years the trust has supported thousands of projects ranging from combating the world’s biggest killer, malaria to supplying daily meals to school children in Africa.

Funding Information

While there are no minimum or maximum amounts, an average grant is usually in the region of £1,000 – £3,000.

Eligibility Criteria

o Grants are restricted to UK registered charities only.
o Current legislation does not permit the trustees to give direct grants to overseas organisations as they are unable to carry out the due diligence required of them.
o Small grants may be awarded for gap year / short term projects which extend to at least one calendar year.
o All projects for capital building and renovation works are specifically excluded from funding.
o The personal health and educational needs of individuals are not normally funded, and
o Applications should be kept short, 2 sides of A4 is sufficient. The trustees are looking for a brief outline of the project aims and what the funding is required for a budget maybe included and a copy of the latest audited accounts should be included.

Applications should be made in writing, using no more than two sides of A4.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 September 2020.

For more information, visit the Souter Charitable Trust website.


Image: Sir Brian Souter (born 5 May 1954) is a Scottish billionaire businessman. With his sister, Ann Gloag,  he founded the Stagecoach Group of bus and rail operators. He also founded the bus and coach operator Megabus, the train operating company South West Trains and the Souter Charitable Trust.