The Blackford Trust - Investing in Talent in Scotland and China

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          Crisis, Edinburgh
          Bethany, Edinburgh
          Tall Ships Youth Trust
          Hands on Shanghai
          Library Project, China
          Sunrise Library, China
          Xie Zi village, Chengdu
          Hope4China
          Lotusroute, Yunnan
          ENTERPRISE
          Cyrenians Farm
          Autism Initiatives
          Diaosu, Dundee
          Microfinance, China
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Note as of 18 July 2016 - We regret to announce that The Blackford Trust is now formally dissolved, and that no further applications for awards can be accepted. We are very sorry indeed that we can no longer continue to support worthwhile projects in Scotland and China, but we are glad that we have been able to help, in a modest way, some 29 partner organisations since 2008.

This website will remain online, for purely historic interest, for the foreseeable future - probably at least a year - in case the information contained on it is still of value to visitors. Our general enquiry email will also remain active.


Introduction

On this page, you can find information on :

Our past award criteria
Our past partners


Our past award criteria

We provided grants to partner organisations who operated in one (or more) of four policy areas - these were our official "charitable purposes", under the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 :

  • prevention or relief of poverty

  • education

  • environmental protection or improvement

  • heritage

Our awards were made for purely Scottish projects, purely Chinese projects, or projects that link the two countries. We were particularly interested in projects that have both a local and global relevance.

We considered ourselves to be "social investors" and aimed to give opportunity to people who might not otherwise have it. However, rather than simply dealing with an immediate need, we saw such spending as an investment for the future. We expected partners and projects to demonstrate clear and identifiable long-term outcomes for the individuals and communities involved - we were aiming to achieve a "social return on investment". We were also interested in "social enterprise" - for more, see this page. Overall, our awards have averaged £2,500-3,000.


Past partners

We have made awards to 29 organisations. In almost every cases the specific projects have been completed, but one (Basic Needs) will be completed at the end of 2016. The organisations are :

  • George Watson's College, Edinburgh - support for Chinese language learning - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • University of Edinburgh - support for an Undergraduate Access Bursary in astronomy - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Dark Sky Scotland - support towards the winter 2009-2010 activities of the Dark Sky Scotland programme, Scotland's first nationwide programme of astronomy events - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • John Muir Trust, Scotland - two years of support for this conservation NGO in its assistance for eight partner organisations that help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the John Muir Award programme - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Fairbridge in Scotland - two years of support, each of three places, on the Access course in Dundee for young people who face multiple issues of social exclusion - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Borders Forest Trust - support towards a woodland volunteering and youth training project run by The Borders Forest Trust. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Cyrenians Farm - two grants supporting the development of the farming business of this small community enterprise located just outside Edinburgh - for more information, please click here. These are "social enterprise" awards. This project has been completed.

  • Dyslexia Scotland - support towards media training for volunteers with Dyslexia Scotland - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • The Rock Trust - support to 'The Step Up Project', run by The Rock Trust in Edinburgh and the Lothians, creating opportunities for young people to volunteer in the community and gain work ready skills for moving onto further education, training or employment - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Autism Initiatives - support to Autism Initiatives Scotland for their horticulture-based training and employment scheme for autistic people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. This is based at the Hermitage Golf Course, right next to Blackford Hill - for more information, please click here. This was a "social enterprise" award. This project has been completed.

  • Outf!t Moray - two grants to Outf!t Moray, for their EnerG programme of outdoor activities for young people aged 7-18 who had additional support needs or who werehaving difficulty with their lives - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Maxwelltown Information Centre, Dundee - support to Maxwelltown Information Centre, Dundee (MIC), a community based support centre. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Dr Bell's Family Centre, Edinburgh - support to Dr Bell's Family Centre, for a "cook's school", and for their "Families and Food Initiative'. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Multi-Cultural Family Centre, Edinburgh - support for an outreach project for vulnerable ethnic Chinese families in Edinburgh, and in particular, to support a Mandarin-speaking 'Early Years' worker. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Diaosu, Dundee - three grants for Diaosu, a community art company in Dundee, for their youth programme aimed at 16-24 year olds in the city. For more information, please click here. This was a "social enterprise" award. This project has been completed.

  • Samaritans - support to the Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District, to assist in the expansion and refurbishment of their building in Kirkcaldy. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Crisis, Edinburgh - support to Crisis Skylight, an education, training and employment service for homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Edinburgh. For more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Bethany, Edinburgh - support to Bethany Christian Trust in Edinburgh, to set up a homeless men's choir - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Tall Ships Youth Trust - support to the Tall Ships Youth Trust, to allow ten young people from Perth & Kinross to go on a sail training voyage - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Hands on Shanghai - support for volunteer training and development - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • the Pucheng County Women's Sustainable Development Association - support for microfinance in a poor county in Shaanxi province - for more information, please click here. This was a "social enterprise" award. This project has been completed.

  • Library Project, China - support for libraries in three rural schools in Langao County, Shaanxi Province - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Sunrise Library, China - support for an NGO that provides libraries and other educational facilities in various provinces in China - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Xie Zi village, Chengdu - assistance for a community support project in Xie Zi village, west of Chengdu, an area impacted by the 12 May 2008 earthquake. This project was undertaken in partnership with George Watson's College and Hands on Chengdu - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Hope4China - two years of support for Hope4China, a Scottish-based charity working in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to assist children into foster care and education - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • Pingyao city, China - two years of support towards the work of the Global Heritage Fund in Pingyao city, Shanxi province, China, towards a programme of training and market development for traditional woodblock handicrafts - for more information, please click here. This was a "social enterprise" award. This project has been completed.

  • Lotusroute in Yunnan - support to a new literacy and community business support project in Yuhu village, near Lijiang, Yunnan Province, initiated by a Scottish charity based in Dundee - for more information, please click here. This project has been completed.

  • ROKPA, Qinghai - support to a project to conserve traditional Tibetan medicine, in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province - for more information, please click here. This was a "social enterprise" award. This project has been completed.

  • BasicNeeds, Hebei - support for a microfinance project, part of the organisation's existing work on mental health and epilepsy, in Shunping Country, Hebei province - for more information, please click here. This is a "social enterprise" award. This project is ongoing.


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This page was last updated on 4 May 2017.




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