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The Hope Scott Trust was set up by the late Mrs Hope Scott to help promote Music and the Visual Arts in Scotland. The Trust allocates a proportion of its resources to help musicians with commissions or grants for musical events and it also helps artists and sculptors (with a particular focus on emerging artists) with grants for exhibitions, catalogues and travel etc. Preference is given to applicants who are Scottish by birth, or live permanently in Scotland.

Grants are not given to cover ordinary educational/course fees, except in exceptional cases. Grants are however given in some cases for further tuition and associated travel costs in the UK and in other countries. Please note that the Trust does not fund documentary filmmaking.

In order to apply for funding from the trust, your application together with supporting documentation must be submitted electronically and consist of one document only. The completed application form will include a description of the project for which you are applying for a grant and its aims. Further supporting documentation should be included as part of your electronic submission and added at the end of each of the Art and Music application forms. CDs are still acceptable by post. It is not necessary to submit more than twelve images at any one time.

Once you have collated your application into a single document and it is ready for submission, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants should be aware that grants very rarely exceed £2,000 and more commonly are for lesser sums. Please note the trust operates a no repeats policy and will not consider repeat applications from successful applicants within 3 years. Intending applicants are asked to bear in mind that the trust has limited funds. The trustees would like to use the money at their disposal to help people and projects where there is a serious financial need.

The trustees normally meet three times a year usually in March, June and October. Applicants will be informed of the trustees' decision as soon as possible after the meeting.

Next meeting: Thursday 14 June 2018

Deadline for applications: Thursday 17 May 2018 (midnight)

If you require further information, please contact:

Amanda Farquhar-Scott
Grants Applications Administrator
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Gillian Forsyth
Trust Administrator 
Telephone - direct line 0131 220 8929 
Telephone - switchboard 0131 225 1200 
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Download Hope Scott Trust Application Form

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The Hope Scott Trust is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC016262

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