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Scott Bader is a Common Trusteeship Company with a self-governing structure. Our shares are held in trust by the Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Having no external shareholders, we cannot be acquired so we are more stable and can plan ahead.


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Scott Bader Commonwealth Limited


  • We will only consider applications for funding of  projects overseas from Charities that are registered in the UK or from Charities who are already known to us. 
  • We will only consider applications for funding from Charities who have been operational for over two years.
  • We recommend that first time applicants only apply for between £2,000-£4,000.
  • Our preference is that if you have recently received a large grant from us, you do not reapply for two years.

Diversity Statement:

We want to hear from and support Charities that are registered in the UK or known to us. We are keen to support Charities who's projects focus on the following areas- educational, environmental and disadvantaged groups. We are keen to hear from and support Charities working with and for the BAME and LGBTQ+ community.


Each year a percentage of our income is donated to support charitable activities and projects around the world.  A brief description of our current funding opportunities are provided below:

During 2022 we will be accepting grants for funding under the following categories;

1.    COMMONWEALTH COMMUNITY HARDSHIP FUND:  Total  fund  £50,000 applications  invited  for  projects  of  £500  -  £5,000.   We  are particularly  interested  in  receiving applications for projects addressing the impact of COVID-19, with a specific interest in funding PPE requirements and vaccination roll-outs .

2.   GLOCAL   STRATEGY  FUND:   Grants  in  this  category  range  from £250 -  £10,000  -  funds  are  made  available  to all of the companies within  the  Scott Bader Group to support the work of charities known to them or situated near to where they are located e.g: UK, Dublin, Eire, France, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia, Dubai, South Africa, USA , Canada, China, Japan, Australia and India.

The application & selection process for the above categories is:

6th June- 25th July     - Window Open

August               - Decision confirmed and payment made (if successful)

1st September - 30th  September   - Window Open for Centenary Fund Applications Only

30th September-1st November- Window Open 

November/December- Decision confirmed and payment made (if successful) 

New For 2022:

3. CENTENARY FUND: In recognition of our Centenary Year we have introduced a one off Centenary Fund. This is to support four large community based projects with £25,000, from Charities that are registered in the UK that:

  • Help people to help themselves and give them a sense of dignity and self-respect
  • Respond to the needs of people who are most underprivileged/disadvantaged
  • Enable us to offer support local communities to whom we have a special responsibility as neighbour and employer.

The application & selection process for this fund is: 

Stage 1-  All applications must be received via Optimy between 1st September 2022 30th September 2022.

Stage 2- Shortlisted Charities will be invited to present their projects on the 25th and 26th October 2022, from which eight will be selected to go forward for voting on by Commonwealth Members. 

Stage 3- Commonwealth Members will vote during November 2022 on their four preferred projects

Stage 4- During December 2022 the funds will be made available to the four selected Charity projects. 


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