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SafeDeposits Scotland Trust

About The Trust

SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust is a grant-giving charity aimed at promoting education, training and best practice in Scotland’s private rented sector.

The Trust believes those actively involved in the sector will have innovative and creative ideas to ensure it is the best that it can be for years to come.

As a result, SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust invites landlords, letting agents and tenants to suggest possible projects to be supported depending on available funds.

SafeDeposits Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation which safeguards over 100,000 deposits of private rented tenants under Scottish law, funds the Trust and grants awarded by the Trust.

Since its creation in 2012, SafeDeposits Scotland has become Scotland’s leading tenancy deposit scheme, and holds approximately 60% of the country’s deposits under protection. The scheme generates financial surpluses over and above the costs of running its business.

These surpluses are handed over to the Trust to be reinvested into Scotland’s private rented sector.

Our Aims

SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust is dedicated to improving Scotland’s private rented sector for the benefit of those who live and work in it.

The Trust does this by funding projects which promote and facilitate education, training and best practice for landlords, letting agents and tenants alike.

The key aims of our projects are:

  • To advance education, particularly in relation to best practice in the management of private rented housing; and to legal rights and obligations which are of particular relevance to those who are involved in the provision or management of private rented sector housing or who hold tenancies within the private rented housing sector.
  • To advance conflict resolution through promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution processes for the more efficient resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants within the private rented housing sector.

Case Studies

Since launching in 2016, the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust has funded more than £570,000 towards projects in Scotland that meet the charity’s aims. Click on the links below to learn more about some of these projects.

How To Apply

Can you think of a project which could help landlords manage their business as well as providing the best practice in customer service?

Have you thought of a practical solution to ensure all tenants know their rights and are aware of their responsibilities as tenant?

Have you resorted to legal action and now have a suggestion on how to resolve disputes in ways which may be more effective than going to court?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust will consider all initial expressions of interest, and may be able to fund some quickly. Other ideas may need further development before they are eligible.

Ideas should fulfill the aims of SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust by enhancing the workings of the private rented sector in Scotland through advancing education or information, and providing tangible benefits to current or prospective landlords and tenants. Before applying for a grant, please take some time to read the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust Bid Guidance.

If you would like to submit your idea, please complete our Application Form.

Please note that no applications from local authority or government organisations will be considered. However, we welcome bids from charities that are already in partnership with government organisations.

What happens Next?

Please submit your application for funding by Thursday 27th August 2020.

Contact Us

  • SafeDeposits Scotland Trust
  • Lower Ground
  • 250 West George Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 4QY

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OSCRSafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registration number SCO43533.

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