The charity was established to provide a lasting legacy, carrying on John Mather's work by offering support to a range of charities and individuals.
The Trustees have a process to identify recipients and projects and can make grants (usually through organisations they support) to create opportunities for young people.
The Trustee’s focus follows John Mather’s own interests in Arts and culture, entrepreneurialism and employability skills. The geographic focus is Glasgow, the West of Scotland and in special circumstances, Scotland.
The Trust's strategic aims are to support and assist young people under the following themes: -
· rising stars
· unlocking potential and supporting talent
· breaking barriers
· making the most
· aspiration and achievement
Typically, the Trustees make grant or donations of up to £10,000 to a number of organisations each year. Larger amounts or multi-year funding may be available in exceptional circumstances.
The Trust has established a "Rising Star" funding programme which provides grants, mainly through educational and arts and culture organisation nominations, to help young people realise their potential and career aspirations across a range of sectors. Nominations will be accepted from primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities; however Rising Star applications are also welcomed from youth groups and other charitable organisations.
Applications are invited from any organisation or group (educational, arts and culture or otherwise) with appropriate charitable purposes, who can identify suitable candidates for grants, however the Trustees are particularly interested in supporting organisations and individuals based from (or operating in) Glasgow, the West of Scotland and in special circumstances, Scotland