Local giving

IMPORTANT! Please do not use the Funding Request Form, below, for COVID-19 requests. Should you wish to discuss your current needs, please contact the SLA Charitable Foundation via the email address below. The criteria explained on this page remains relevant.

Standard Life Aberdeen Charitable Foundation funds projects around the world in support of our overall aim of ‘Building Connection’. We live in a fragmented time, where too many people of all ages and geographies are isolated or disconnected from the world we live in. We want to connect people to opportunities, to their communities and to the natural world.

Connecting People
We support projects to help people reach their potential or which connect people together. Projects may be about overcoming barriers or promoting sustainable development to benefit communities experiencing social isolation or disadvantage.

Connecting Planet
We fund projects to enable people to engage with and protect nature, or which support habitat and wildlife restoration. This supports wellbeing, builds community cohesion, and ensures wildlife and ecosystems can thrive for generations to come.

Funding Request Forms are reviewed by regional committees empowering employees, globally, to develop their approach to charitable giving, supporting cause relevant to communities local to our office locations around the globe.

Our funding criteria

  • Registered charity – donations are granted to registered charities only, not social enterprises, crowdfunding pages or individuals

  • Building connection – connecting people and planet

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals – the project needs to align to at least one of these. You can find out more about the UN SDGs here

  • Focus – we will consider requests relating to most charitable causes, within education, health, economic development, environment, arts & culture and social welfare

  • Funding bullet – grants of £5k - £25k (or local currency equivalent) will be awarded. Should you wish to discuss a larger grant or a multi-year opportunity, please contact the SLA Charitable Foundation

  • Project costs – donations should fully fund a project which has specific, meaningful and measurable objectives. We do not contribute towards projects, including capital build costs

  • Local in nature – the activity will take place and beneficiaries of any donation should be located in a community local to one of our offices

  • Reasonable timescales – money should be spent within six months of it being granted

Donations we won’t consider

  • Cannot promote religious or political views or discriminate against protected characteristics such as gender or sexual orientation
  • Social enterprises or crowd funding pages
  • Sponsorship opportunities – to learn more about the company’s Sponsorships, please visit here
  • One-off events
  • Salary / overhead costs

To apply

IMPORTANT! Please save the Funding Request Form to your own device before completing the form.

Please send a fully completed Funding Request Form and your most recent audited accounts to asi.foundation@aberdeenstandard.com.

Terms and Conditions

Where we support charities

Where we support charities