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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th February 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd January 2024


The core aim of Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund (ELTF) is to relieve poverty. We provide small grants to individuals in need and to small local charities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. We also provide larger grants to individuals through the Edinburgh Fire Fund. Last year we supported almost 2,000 individuals and families in total. More details are available on our web-site

There are a minimum of five Trustees and a maximum of nine. Trustees are initially appointed for up to 4 years and may be re-appointed for up to a further four years.

The Trust has an investment portfolio of around £7.5m which is managed by external Investment Managers in accordance with the Board’s investment policy. Investment income of around £250k annually is used to fund grant giving and meet overhead expenses. If you would like to contribute to the decisions about who receives grants, please consider applying.

The Role

ELTF is recruiting up to three new Trustees to replace members who are retiring from our Board over the next few months.

ELTF’s Trustees work together to provide oversight and support to the Administrator of the Fund. We already have a Treasurer and a board member with investment management experience. All our other Trustees have different skills and experience, and each of them brings different perspec-tives. This means that the decisions we make together are better, because they are drawing on in-put from a more diverse group of people.

We are looking to broaden the range of skills and experience on our Board. We would particularly welcome applications from people with lived experience of poverty, teachers with experience of working with families in poverty, people with legal expertise or with a background in issues related to poverty and inequality. We would like this diversity on our Board, because we want to be able to reflect the diversity of the people who receive our grants.

We welcome applications from people who have no Board experience as well as those who do.

All new trustees will be supported through an induction and training programme to help you understand how our Board works, what your responsibilities are and to make sure you are comfortable and able to contribute successfully. More experienced Board Members will be available to support you.

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 as well as building links with other charities working with those in poverty. Applications for grants are increasing and exceed our available income. Over the next few months, we will be looking at how we manage this challenge. You will be helping to address this, deciding who should benefit from our grants.

Time Commitment

There are 4 Trustees’ meetings a year, mostly in person at our office in Edinburgh which is wheelchair accessible. At meetings we discuss and decide on policy, strategy and governance issues, provide oversight of the Investment Managers, review our financial position and approve larger grant applications. As noted above, training is provided. There will be occasional additional meetings on specific topics as the need arises. Between meetings, some business is conducted by email.

If you have any specific needs, we’d be happy to discuss these before you apply, to make sure we can accommodate them.

Application notes

Information and Applications

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion, please email the Administrator of the Trust . Applications, accompanied by a CV including details of relevant experience, should also be sent to the Administrator.

Application Deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2024.