A Perthshire Trust is donating £500,000 to charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Gannochy Trust has set up the COVID-19 Recovery and Renewal Fund to help charities across Perth and Kinross.
The Trust was set up in 1937 by Perth’s Arthur Kinmond Bell, more commonly known as AK Bell.
Its new fund seeks to provide relief from the financial and operational challenges currently facing charities and allow for the development and delivery of support services.
Chairman of The Gannochy Trust, David Gray said: “Inspired by the philanthropic vision of our founder A K Bell, The Gannochy Trust has a long and proud history of supporting our local community.
“We recognise that during the COVID-19 outbreak, the good work of charities is more important now than ever before.
“We also understand the enormous financial and operational burden the pandemic is putting on these organisations.”
There are three grants available to applicants – small grants of up to £10,000, main grants of up to £30,000, and major grants of up to £50,000.
Funding is available for registered charities which are located in, or delivering important services to, the people of Perth and Kinross.
They must also meet at least two of a set of three criteria – that the charity’s operations and finances have been affected by the pandemic and they can provide new support services to affected communities and the charity is a current recipient of Gannochy Trust funding.
The funding will remain in place until June 2021, or as long as the allocated funds last.
Eligible charities can apply for funding on the Gannochy Trust website.