SafeDeposits Scotland is the only not-for-profit deposit scheme meaning that we can use any financial surpluses we make to make a positive difference to Scotland's private rented sector (PRS).

To do that, we set up the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, a grant-giving charity that promotes and facilitates education, training and best practice within the sector by funding projects that provide tangible benefits to landlords, letting agents and tenants alike.

The Trust is currently on the look-out for exciting and innovative projects to support.

Organisations or charities undertaking work aligned to the Trust's aims can apply online ahead of the deadline on Friday 31st August.

One organisation that has successfully applies for funding is the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic, which was awarded £2,880 to fund a project called 'Housing Advice Under One Roof'.

The initiative will research the Housing & Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, a new forum created to adjudicate upon private-sector housing disputes in Scotland (such as landlord-tenant disputes, tenancy deposits, repairs, evictions, and factoring), and provide advice for tenants & homeowners on how to engage with it.

Funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust will help facilitate the creation of accessible and informative resources, such as leaflets and guides. These will empower the public to access justice in this complex area. It will also support the development of training materials for Law Clinic staff and student volunteers.

To date, the Trust has provided £168,029 in funding support for organisations in Scotland that meet the charity's aims. The application form for the next round of funding can be downloaded from the website and submitted directly to the Trust. Awards will be announced shortly afterwards.

We're proud to have funded many inspiring initiatives that will help landlords, letting agents and tenants across Scotland to navigate the often-complicated rental landscape, improving standards and reducing conflicts.

Organisations wishing to apply for support must submit their bids online by 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

Further information on the application process and criteria are available at www.safedepositsscotlandtrust.com