The Finnis Scott Foundation grants


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.


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