Sportsmans Charity, Edinburgh, Scotland

Applying for funds

Applying for funds

Distribution policy

The Sportsman’s Charity (Scottish Charity No SC033982) was established in 1983 to raise and distribute funds to other charitable organisations.

Who can apply?

Organisations registered with OSCR or with the Charity Commission.  The Trustees will consider applications from charities working in Scotland in the fields of sport, children and young people, disability and the disadvantaged.

What we will fund

Over the years The Sportsman’s Charity has supported a wide range of charitable activities as can be seen from the list of beneficiaries. Our principle aim is to provide support which can make a significant difference to the delivery of existing activities, rather than funding running costs or overheads.  A major proportion of the distributed of funds is by grants to smaller charities and projects. In addition, each year the Charity identifies two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sportsman’s Dinner. 

The Trustees meet regularly to consider distributions and will be entitled to support causes for which no formal appeal letter or application has been made.

What we will not fund

The Charity has limited funds at its disposal and restricted areas within which it operates and therefore cannot support all causes for which appeals are made.  The Charity does not support individuals or animal welfare charities. It will not fund running costs or overheads.

Size of distribution

Most distributions awarded have been in the range £500.00 - £5,000.00.  However, in addition, each year the Charity identifies two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sportsman’s Charity Dinner. 

To make an application

To apply for assistance for your organisation from The Sportsman’s Charity, simply email Please provide us with your details, details of the project for which you seek the support, and other funding applications that you have made. We will contact you to discuss your application

Forthcoming Events

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Latest News

Sportsman's at Home - Euros 2021

We are delighted that long time friend of the Charity Dougie Donnelly has agreed to Chair our Euro 2021 virtual event on Friday 23rd April where he will take charge of our panel Shelley Kerr MBE, John Collins and Dave McPherson.  Promises to be an excellent evening, hope you can make it.



Sportsman's at Home - Six Nations Warm-up

We were delighted to hold our first virtual event on the eve of the Calcutta Cup (5th Feb) and are very grateful to our panel of Jim Hamilton, Alex King, Nathan Hines and Chris Paterson who were expertly herded by our Chairman Al Kellock. 

If you were one of the large number who attended, thank you.  If you weren't, stay in touch and we will let you know what our next event is going to be shortly.

Our Second Charity Ambassador

The Directors of The Sportsman's Charity are very pleased to be able to announce that one of the UK's favourite comedians, Simon Evans has agreed to become our second ambassador. 

Appointment of our First Charity Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Chris Paterson MBE has been appointed as The Sportsman's Charity's first ambassador.  


Event photos

Photo galleries available for recent events :-

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2020

The Sportsman's Charity Dinner 2019

Halloween SCREAM Ball 2018


2020 Charity Dinner

A very successful Sportsman’s Charity Dinner 2020 was held at Prestonfield on Friday 7th February 2020 on the eve of the Scotland v England Calcutta Cup match, the main sponsors being Carbon Financial Partners and Prestonfield House.

The dinner raised over £50,000. This allowed us to support both our featured charities, The Eve Appeal and Tom Smith Testamonial Fund along with many other charities.

For photos and more details of this event please look at the report in the Events section.