The Finnis Scott Foundation grants – Next deadline 22nd September 2017


The Finnis Scott Foundation was established under the Will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006.

The Trustees can make grants for any charitable purpose, but their present policy is to focus grant-making in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history. By doing so, they acknowledge the two enduring preoccupations – art collecting and gardening – of Sir David Montagu Douglas Scott, K.C.M.G., O.B.E., (1887-1986) and his wife, Valerie Finnis V.M.H. (1924-2006).


In general the Trustees will only usually consider grants of between £500 and £10,000, although, exceptionally, larger grants may be considered at the Trustees’ discretion. Preference is given to making grants to smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact.

The Foundation funds both capital and revenue projects. Grants are not given for expenditure which has already been made.

You will complete the online application form and upload the accompanying documents with your application. In addition to the application form, the documents the Trustees require are:

  • your governing document;
  • if available, any business plan, project plan or similar document setting out the purpose of the grant;
  • your most recent accounts and annual report;
  • your current budget and any separate project budget;
  • any further documents the Trustees or Hewitsons inform you they require.

If you wish to completed a printed form, you can download the application form below, and post the form and documents to:

Finnis Scott Foundation, c/o Hewitsons, Elgin House, 
Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AU, United Kingdom.

Once your application is received, it is expected that your application will be acknowledged within 2 weeks. If your proposal is not eligible, you will be told in this letter. All eligible applications will be assessed, and you may be asked for further information.

The Trustees will consider your application at their first meeting following receipt of the application and all necessary accompanying documents. Applications need to be sent to the clerk three weeks before a meeting.

If a grant is made, this will be by cheque and in accordance with a written agreement which you will be required to accept and sign in order to receive the grant.

The grant agreement will cover such matters as purposes, timing and stages of payment, monitoring, withdrawal and claw-back of grant, and publicity.

Please click here for the website.

If you would like further information about the Botanical Art Award, please email the Secretary: [email protected]

For more information about The Finnis Scott Foundation, please email: [email protected]
or telephone +44 (0)1604 233233

The Trustees intend to meet to discuss grant application forms on:
18th October 2017 – forms to be returned to the administrator by 22nd September 2017
11th January 2018 – forms to be returned to the administrator by 15th December 2018


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