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How we are Funded


As we receive no funding from the Local Authority or the NHS, we need to raise the money from elsewhere. At the moment our core service is funded solely through making applications to various grant making bodies and trusts. To run our core service supporting 200 families in the city as well as supporting the wider Edinburgh autism community through our social and information services, it costs around £260,000 per year. Fundraising is vital to Tailor Ed Foundation so that we may continue providing the very best services for children with autism, their families, friends and carers.

We currently have 3 main income streams:


1. Grants from various charitable trusts

Currently this is our main source of funding and our greatest funder is The Big Lottery Fund which has supported us ever since our organisation was first set up in 2008.

We are currently receiving funds from The Robertson Trust, Kelly Family Trust, Henry Duncan Awards, The Scottish Government’s Autism Development Fund and The Christiana Mary Hendrie Trust.

The Big Lottery Fund will contribute to our core running costs until November 2017. 


2. Donations and fundraising from families and friends of Tailor Ed

Since we began we’ve been amazed by the financial support we’ve received from the families we provide our services to and their friends.  We could not achieve all that we do without the thoughtfulness and generosity of our supporters for which we are immensely grateful. This support comes in a variety of guises. Some make donations via direct debit, standing orders or cheques or some use the dedicated sites available for fundraising for us.

We have some families who donate £100 per month and some who donate £5 whenever they can. 

Many families have also taken part in sponsored events including runs and marathons as well as more creative events such as a sponsored tattoo!  Fundraising events have also been organised in aid of Tailor Ed including a ladies lunch and a fashion show.

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We’re always happy to hear of fundraising plans and will provide help in terms of advertising and support where we can.

To organise a sponsored fundraising event you can access our Just Giving and other digital fundraising tools here.

To volunteer to help with a fundraising event email our Events Officer here.

To donate directly to us please contact the office via email or call 0131 624 8970. We have some families who donate £100 per month and some who donate £5 whenever they can.

Perhaps you work or own a local business? Please contact our Events and Fundraising Officer to discuss how you can help Tailor Ed.

Legacies. Perhaps you may consider leaving a gift in your will to Tailor Ed Foundation.  A special gift like this really makes a difference to the way we are able to plan ahead for the benefit of our service users. Please contact us if you are thinking of leaving a gift in this way.

We are both grateful and really touched that so many of the families we support take the time and effort to support us in return.


3. Training income




We provide training for a range of professionals from nursery staff to teachers, after school child care staff and leisure centre staff. Our training programme is dependent on the availability of Project Workers. Details of the training we provide can be found here.







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