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

Our main area of support is through our Open Grants Programme. However, you can read about other work that we support below.

Other funding

The Volant Charitable Trust is committed to other work that includes international projects, the support of single parents through Gingerbread and more recently, charities assisting groups impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and Internationally.

You can read more about our support for these below.

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UK & International Covid-19 response fund

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Volant Charitable Trust is helping to support UK and international charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and internationally.

Initial beneficiaries of the fund included the British Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency CommitteeUnited Way and Operation USA to help the short-term impact on the frontline of this pandemic

Over £8 million has so far been awarded to more than 70 charities across the UK and Internationally to help alleviate the social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications are currently open for the next round of funding, the deadline for which is 31st July 2022. For how to apply please see here.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of multiple sclerosis. All of the Volant Trust’s support in this area is through the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, named after J.K. Rowling’s mother, who died in 1990 from complications related to MS.
More than 20 million people worldwide are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease each year. At present, all of these disorders are progressive and incurable. There is a need for research that will lead to new therapies.

Due to this support, the Trust no longer accepts applications to do with multiple sclerosis.

Visit Anne Rowling Clinic

International Support

International Support

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

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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.

What we fund

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