Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund SCIO
Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund SCIO

Charity registered in Scotland SC049138

The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund administers a number of Trusts. The General Fund is comprised of legacies from individuals who donated a sum of money for the benefit of voluntary agencies and individuals in need, where poverty and illness are main factors. The Trust funds are restricted to beneficiaries in the City of Edinburgh and the Lothians. Grants are available for individuals, or for Voluntary Organisations.

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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 14th May 2021

Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund (ELTF) is looking for two new Trustees to join our Board. Ideally, one of them will be able to fill the vacancy for Chair that will arise in November.

About the Trust

ELTF is a grant making trust whose core aim is the relief of poverty. We provide small grants to individuals in need and grants to small local charities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. We also provide larger grants to individuals through the Edinburgh Fire Fund. See eltf.org.uk for further information. In addition, in response to the economic impact of Coronavirus we have provided short term crisis funding to individuals and families.

The Trust has an investment portfolio of over £7m which is managed on its behalf by Investment Managers. Income of around £240k annually is used to fund grant giving and meet overhead expenses.

There is a minimum of five Trustees and a maximum of nine. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of up to 4 years and may be re-appointed for a subsequent term of up to four years.

The role is voluntary and unpaid but we hope that working with ELTF will be a rewarding experience, helping to support vulnerable people in need.

Time Commitment

The Trustees meet four times a year to approve grant applications, to discuss and decide on policy, strategy and governance issues and to provide oversight of the management of the investment portfolio. In addition, there may be one or two additional meetings on specific topics if the need arises. Between meetings, there will be a small amount of business conducted by email, perhaps once a month on average. The day to day operations of the Trust are managed by a full-time Administrator.

The Candidates

We are looking for individuals who have a good understanding of issues relating to poverty and inequality, possibly with first-hand experience of working with children and families in deprived circumstances, perhaps as a lawyer, social worker, health visitor or other support worker in the public or charity sectors. Experience and understanding of Board governance is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.