Funders & Partners

The Trust is committed to working in partnership and benefits from the support of many partners.

Perth & Kinross Council

Perth and Kinross Council are one of our main partners and have provided significant support in helping establish the Trust and develop the Inner Tay Masterplan 2012-22. They are also the lead partner in developing the pontoons on the Tay and have provided support to develop phase 1 of the  Willowgate Activity Centre.

Perth College UHI

Perth College UHI are also an important partner and user of our Activity Centre. Students use the facilities (teaching pond, classroom, meeting room and the showers and changing rooms ) for education and training programmes to support the College Curriculum.  The College are also developing their plans for the wider use of the site for environmental projects and other activities.


Scottish and Southern Energy  are based locally in Perth and have provided financial support for the development of phase 1 of the Willowgate Activity Centre.. This funding was much appreciated and helped to draw down match funding from other partners.

Fife Council & Rural Partnership

Fife Rural Partnership ( FRP ) has provided significant support and advice to the Trust.   FRP acts as an advisor to the Trust and has developed the Trust policies including volunteering, health and safety and anti corruption policies.  They are also taking a lead role in progressing developments at the Newburgh boatyard in Fife in partnership with the Trust.

Tay Salmon Fisheries

David Clarke Chairman of Tay Salmon Fisheries is the founder of the Tay and Earn Trust. The company have leased the land for the activity centre and the pontoons to the Trust at a peppercorn rent for 25 years.   They have also provided office accommodation for the Trust and other financial support and advice.

Coastal Communities Fund

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.  CCF has provided funding to the Trust and Perth and Kinross Council to support the development of the Trust, the Tay pontoons and the second phase development of  Willowgate Activity Centre..

The Gannochy Trust

The Gannochy Trust based in Perth was founded in 1937 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, known as A K Bell, for charitable and public purposes. The Trust has made significant contributions to a wide variety of projects across Scotland over many years, ranging from major national flagship projects to smaller, but nonetheless important, community projects. The Gannochy Trust has provided 3 year funding to support the core costs of the operation of the Willowgate Activity Centre and also offered additional financial support during Covid-19.

Postcode Local Trust

The aim of the Peoples Postcode Lottery is to raise funds for deserving charities and widen awareness of the amazing work of these good causes. The players of the Posts Code Lotteries Fund provided funding to support the development of our outdoor classroom. The classroom is used as a base for our experiential outdoor learning programme which supports schools with developing the Curriculum for Excellence. Activities have included bee keeping, willow weaving, building birds nest boxes, life cycle of salmon and pond dipping.

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