About us

The Volant Trust was established to work to alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on supporting women, children and young people at risk

The origins

J.K. Rowling

“I set up the Volant Trust, in my mother’s maiden name, in 2000 to support charitable causes and issues I feel passionately about and want to support. Since then the Trust has donated to countless charitable organisations, both large and small, to help women and children, who are at risk in their lives or find themselves in situations, where there seems no way out.”

Our criteria

Our criteria for funding

The Volant Trust is a grant-making trust, which primarily helps fund charitable organisations and projects based in Scotland working to alleviate social deprivation, particularly concerned with women, children and young people.

Open Grants programme

If you are interested in applying to our Open Grants programme, find out whether your project fits with our criteria by visiting What we Fund.

Other Funding

The Volant Charitable Trust supports other charitable causes including international projects and single parents through Gingerbread. You can read more about our support for these below.

Other funding

In addition to our Open Grants programme, The Volant Charitable Trust supports other charitable causes, details of which can be found below.

Funding for other areas is entirely at the Trustees’ discretion and we do not invite applications towards any of these programmes.


Multiple Sclerosis

J.K. Rowling continues to support research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of multiple sclerosis through the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, named after her mother, who died in 1990 from complications related to MS.

The Clinic supports patient-based clinical research into Regenerative Neurology – targeting the discovery of treatments that will slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis, with the ultimate ambition of repairing damage. The Clinic also offers outpatient care for people with neurological conditions.

Due to the on-going support of J.K. Rowling, the Trust no longer accepts applications associated with multiple sclerosis.

Visit Anne Rowling Clinic


International Support

The Trustees have chosen to fund major disaster appeals as the focus of the Trust’s international work.



Since 2000, The Volant Charitable Trust has supported Gingerbread, which campaigns on behalf of single parents, as well as providing expert advice and practical support.

Visit Gingerbread

What we fund

Who we provide funding for

If you wish to apply for funding, please see What we Fund for information on our Open Grants programme.

What we fund