What We Fund

The JMA Trust’s Charitable Purposes

The JMA Trust was established for the following charitable purposes:

  • To advance health;
  • To advance education;
  • To advance public participation in sport;
  • To relieve unemployment;
  • To promote prevention or relief of poverty; and
  • To relieve those in need by ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

You must be able to show how your application relates to at least one of these purposes.



Applications to the JMA Trust are invited from:

  • Individuals who are resident in Scotland and can demonstrate need within at least one of the Trust’s stated purposes.
  • Charitable organisations working within Scotland who address at least one of the Trust’s stated purposes.
  • Young people aged 15-25 years, and organisations which support or provide opportunities for this demographic, to fulfil their potential in cultural, educational and social aspects of their lives; including achievement of sustainable long term employment.


Awards Process

The JMA Trust is a small charity. Typical size of an award to an individual is £100 – £1000. Typical size of an award to a group/organisation is £200 – £2000. Awards to D & G schools and sports clubs/groups are limited to £1000.

The JMA Trust meets four times per year to consider applications. Deadlines for applications throughout the year can be found on the Trust’s social media channels, or you can Contact Us to find out (link). We will aim to inform applicants whether or not they have been successful within 1 month of each deadline. All decisions of the Trust’s awards committee are final.


The John Maurice Aitken Trust is registered in Scotland as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with charity number SC045343.

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