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 developed 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 £655,413 to support individuals and organisations living or operating within North Berwick.
The Trust are proud to have supported 94 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.
Opportunities for individuals and organisations to apply for a grant are usually offered bi-annually in the spring and autumn. For more information, see our Grants and Funding page.
Click on the images below to read more about the projects funded by North Berwick Trust.