The Esdaile Trust was set up in 1969 following the closure of Esdaile School and was endowed by the amalgamation of the various funds which supported the school.

Esdaile Trust provides grants to assist in the education of daughters of Ministers of the Church of Scotland, of Deaconesses of the Church of Scotland or widows and of Missionaries appointed or nominated by the Overseas Council of the Church of Scotland. Daughters should normally be between 12 and 25 years of age. Preference is given to families with a low income.

Funds available

Around £20,000 is available for distribution each year.  Grants range from £280 to £1,750.


To apply, complete and return the application form and send to Kirsty Ashworth, Azets, Exchange Place 3, Semple Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BL. Applications should be submitted by no later than 31 May each year and grants are distributed by early September.

Click here to download an application form.

Connected Charities

The Esdaile Trust co-operates with the Society for the Benefit of Sons and Daughters of Ministers of the Church of Scotland and the Glasgow Society of the Sons and Daughters of Ministers of the Church of Scotland in the distribution of grants for the benefit of students.

Make contact

Kirsty Ashworth
Charity Accounts, Accounts and Business Services Senior Manager

0131 473 3500