When the Trust was formed in 1973, the Trust acquired 103 acres of land at Mains Farm by the (then) Town Council and, until 2015, managed and safe-guarded that land within its Charitable Purpose. In 2015 some of the land was sold for development, which has resulted in the Trust substantially increasing its income and activities. The Trust’s financial assets are currently around £15 million. 50 acres of land remain in Trust ownership.
The partial sale of the land has benefited the town with the provision of much needed housing, including more than 105 units of affordable housing.
Of the remaining 50 acres of land owned by the Trust, 39 acres are being transformed into a Country Park for the community to enjoy.
Options for the remaining land to develop community, employment or retail hubs to benefit our community, are currently being explored.
The funds raised through the sale of land has allowed the Trust to fund a number of local projects each year.
To date, North Berwick Trust Ltd have awarded a total of just over £820,000 to support individuals and organisations living or operating within North Berwick.
The Trust are proud to have supported 111 projects for the benefit of our local community. These projects have been wide-ranging from across our funding themes including support for the Lobster Hatchery, North Berwick Rugby and Football Club, Carers of East Lothian and Fringe by the Sea.
During the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust also took action by offering unprecedented relief grants for local businesses. We are delighted to have been able to support 53 local businesses and groups, including the North Berwick Community Council Resilience Effort.
In our most recent grants round (spring 2021), the Trust awarded £144,459 to support 15 projects, as listed below. As usual, the projects are very diverse and will benefit a wide cross-section of the community.
|Name of Awardee||Project||Award (£)|
|Enjoy Leisure (North Berwick Swimming Pool)||Provision of new inflatable aqua-fit run for children – will be available weekly as part of the pool’s activity timetable||2969|
|Lobster Hatchery||Replacement of lobster rearing equipment||3000|
|Individual Applicant||NB Wetland Restoration – educational project to produce an exhibition and publication||1500|
|Stepping Out||Healthy Minds, Happy Babies – project to support 16 local families experiencing mental health issues||15435|
|Fidra Lions Hockey Club||Establish a women’s hockey section and provide first aid training||2450|
|Individual Applicant||Refurbish and upgrade disability equipment||1744|
|Five in a Row||Charity Atlantic rowing challenge – community engagement||5000|
|North Berwick Day Care Centre||The Reach Out Project – supporting older people in their homes||18226|
|Upward Mobility Ltd (Upmo)||Outdoor Learning Project – creating a space for outdoor learning opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism in North Berwick||9000|
|Scottish Seabird Centre||One-off grant towards core funding to assist with Covid-19 recovery||30000|
|North Berwick Community Centre||North Berwick Family Worker – funding for one year||27000|
|North Berwick Harbour Trust||Restoration of the harbour’s barometer||4015|
|North Berwick Harbour Trust||Flower planters to enhance the harbour environment and encourage social distancing during busy periods||2655|
|Individual Applicant||Social history project – Production of a short film showcasing the old open air pool||16465|
|Law Breakfast and After School Club||Removal of broken outdoor storage and its replacement with multi-purpose outdoor play space and equipment||5000|
Grants rounds normally open bi-annually in the spring and autumn. The next general grants round opens 15th September and closes 27th October 2021 at 12 noon.
The Trust welcomes applications for up to £30,000 from organisations, charities or individuals in need who live or operate within North Berwick. For more information, see our Grants and Funding page.
If you would like to discuss potential applications or need help in applying, please contact the Trust’s Grants and Communications Officer, Catherine McCoy, on 07874625206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the images below to read more about the projects funded by North Berwick Trust.