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The Edinburgh Trust works with referral partners so that our grants are provided alongside other support and advice, in order to make a greater, longer-term impact.   

We recognise that not everyone experiencing poverty has or wants access to wider support, but as it is our vision to work in partnership with other organisations to help end poverty in Edinburgh, we believe in the importance of working collectively to help improve and uplift peoples’ situations, and so this is where we focus our support.  

For the initial ten years of its operation, the Edinburgh Trust held all decision-making powers when assessing and awarding grants and worked transactionally with other organisations to deliver these grants. In the coming years we are seeking to shift power closer to the communities for whom we exist, and to do so, build greater trust-based partnerships with organisations across Edinburgh who share in our vision.  

We believe that by working in this way, we ensure greater dignity and feelings of support and safety to applicants in the processes of applying to us for financial support.  

Building our referral partnerships will be a collaborative process that involves establishing key contact links between our organisations so that we can keep in routine contact to discuss any areas of mutually agreed interest, concern, feedback, or any other topics we agree would be beneficial to our partnership.   

We will also be able to share our own wider insights with you, provide statistics relating to our grant making, and in particular to the grant making we deliver specifically within your organisation.   

How this works in practice, recognising the unique circumstances for each partner organisation, is one of many things we will seek to collaborate with organisations on so that timing and methodology works for everyone.  

How to become an Edinburgh Trust Referral Partner  

Please first read the Introductory Notes & Agreement document to be confident that your organisation wants to work with us in partnership. This document outlines how we work with organisations and gives details of the accountability and responsibilities that we ask of you and that you can expect from us.  

If you have not already registered as an intermediary on the Turn2us website, this is the next thing you will need to do. This will give you access to our site-wide tools including the full Benefits Calculator and Grant Search tool. Register yourself or your organisation as a Turn2us Intermediary.

To apply to the Edinburgh Trust there is a secondary registration process. If you are the first person to do this from your organisation or team you will be asked to complete (or pass on to a relevant colleague to complete) an Organisation Registration form. The person completing this registration will become the key contact point from your organisation/team. 

As a key contact point:  

  • We will follow up on your registration request with an email and phone call  

  • We may request a time to visit your organisation (either in person or online) to learn more about your work   

  • We will offer regular time to discuss any areas of mutually agreed interest, concern, feedback, statistical information, or any other topics we agree would be beneficial to our partnership. We will work with you to make sure the timings for this are manageable and proportionate   

  • We will liaise with you about the best way to measure the impact of our grants   

If you do not want to be the key contact point for your organisation/team please do not complete the form. Instead, and if appropriate, please discuss with colleagues to decide who will be your organisation’s key contact.  Once agreed, this person should then complete the Organisation registration.    

Please note we are not able to enter into a referral partnership without identifying a key contact.  

When we receive the Organisation Registration form we will be in touch with the key contact by email and/or phone to introduce ourselves and let you know when the application form is accessible. Please allow up to five working days for this.  

Once your organisation (or team, within larger organisations) registration is accepted, then anyone within the organisation who has an intermediary account will gain immediate access to the Edinburgh Trust application form, as well as an introductory email.  

Register as a Referral Partner.

How to make an application 

Click on the button below to open the Edinburgh Trust application form.  

Once you have filled in the form you will need to upload three documents to complete and submit the application:  

  • Photo of applicant ID (ideally bank card showing details for payment)  

  • Applicant declaration form  

  • Referrer declaration form  

As we do not ask for any additional supporting documentation, we should be able to reach a decision on the grant application within 5 working days.  However, if there are incomplete questions on the form or we need some further information to make an informed decision on the grant application, we will be in touch, and this may create some delay.  

If your organisation is a verified Edinburgh Trust Referral Partner, you can access the Edinburgh Trust Application form.