The Francis Scott Trust is a grant maker and social investor working through trusted local partners to improve the life chances of young people.


Our Role

Our role is to to work in partnership with excellent local organisations striving to create the best conditions for all young people across Cumbria and Lancaster District. We do this through funding, investment and organisational support.

As a youth-focussed funder, we endeavour to listen, learn and share knowledge, taking an active role in supporting and developing initiatives which promote this important but under resourced sector.

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Our History

Peter Scott CBE was Chairman of the Provincial Insurance Company when the Trust was created on October 1st, 1963 with wide powers to distribute funds for charitable purposes. Peter Scott and his sister, Dr Joan Trevelyan, endowed the Trust with significant holdings of Provincial Insurance Company shares between 1963 and 1971.

The Trust was named after Peter’s father, Francis C Scott, in recognition of his philanthropic work and established with the aim of continuing to support the type of causes and projects that he had sponsored himself. These included: music and the arts, youth development, local community life and conservation of the natural environment. Paramount amongst these was the formation of the Brathay Hall Trust a residential centre dedicated to “the opening of young people’s minds” on an estate F C Scott purchased in 1939.

From the very beginning, the Trust has given grants to a wide range of charitable organisations with an enduring commitment to supporting young people.

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Meet the Team

Keri Brown

Finance Manager
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Eleanor Ball

Grants Officer

Helen Carter


Katarina Durrant

Finance & Office Administrator

Our Family of Trusts

At other times, different members of the Scott family have created and endowed separate, independent Trusts. Each has their own Board of Trustees, governing document and discreet funding areas and criteria. You can find out more here.

Frieda Scott Trust

The Frieda Scott Charitable Trust provides grants to charities and community groups in the South Lakeland and Eden districts

of Cumbria. 

Sir James and Lady Scott Trust

Established in 1909, the Sir James & Lady Scott Trust is able to award grants to charities based in Bolton.