Finance Score: 0
Governance Score: 5
Support Score: 6
  • Volatile income: -3
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Mainly female board: -1
  • Grant maker support: +6
Overall GiG Score: 11 ?


Analysis by Giving is Great


  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • Fundraising costs are unusually low relative to funds raised
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition
  • This charity is based in an area of high deprivation

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • The Board is predominantly female

Financial issues to consider:

  • Income has been volatile recently
Established: 40 years
Scottish Charity RegulatorCompanies House
Financial Data
Income & Spending ?
Period ending 31/03/18 31/03/19 31/03/20 31/03/21 31/03/22 31/03/23
Charitable activities £277,809 £310,767 £257,617 £278,105 £197,135
Donations & Legacies £240,383 £8,693 £187,870 £165,716
Other Income £147,189 £64,309
Investment Income £59 £59 £59 £30 £684
Total income £545,602 £492,928 £468,501 £519,442 £417,199 £381,901
Charitable activities spending £480,939 £511,963 £491,882 £416,372 £424,858
Fundraising costs 0% 1% 1%
Other spending
Total spending £480,939 £511,963 £491,882 £418,316 £397,999 £427,811
Surplus/deficit £64,663 -£19,035 -£23,381 £101,126 £19,200 -£45,910
Listed activities
  • It carries out activities or services itself
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
Where it operates
  • More than one local authority area in Scotland, main operating location: Glasgow City
  • This charity is based in an area of high deprivation
Who it helps
  • People with disabilities or health problems

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£36,980
Scottish Government£24,000
National Lottery Heritage Fund£10,000
The Baring Foundation£8,000
Foundation Scotland£5,000
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust£5,000
Robertson Trust£5,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
National Lottery Community Fund - Project Ability walking group
£8,300 16/06/2023
The group will use the funds to appoint a Project Coordinator for their walking group for 12 months.
£5,000 07/10/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
Foundation Scotland - Grant to Project Ability
£5,000 07/10/2020
to deliver over 50 workshop sessions until March 2021, providing social, emotional and creative support to people with disability, mental health and wellbeing and their families.
True Colours Trust - Towards art workshops and materials for children – COVID19 response
£3,600 06/10/2020
Towards art workshops and materials for children – COVID19 response
The Baring Foundation - Grant to Project Ability
£8,000 14/09/2020
To help people get back into the studio to sustain their arts practice while there is restricted access, smaller groups and Covid safety measures.
National Lottery Community Fund - COVID 19 - Creative solutions to sustaining lifeline activities
£28,680 10/07/2020
This group will use the funding to continue to provide free remote arts activities for adults with learning disabilities and adults with mental health issues till the end of the year. The project ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Project Ability
£3,000 17/06/2020
COVID19 - This grant will fund six art tutors to deliver online bespoke arts programmes and social activity to children with a variety of disabilities and their siblings who are socially isolated due ....more
Scottish Government - Project Ability Ltd
£24,000 18/05/2020
Detailed description not provided.
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Project Ability
£500 02/04/2020
Grant through the Heart of the Community Fund to purchase art materials to help local people develop their artistic practice.
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Project Ability
£10,000 26/02/2020
100 Portraits - a living archive of learning disability today
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust - Ready Steady Draw
£5,000 27/11/2019
“Ready Steady Draw” is a contemporary visual art festival for artists with learning disabilities to develop discourse between artists with learning disabilities and their support studios, ....more
Robertson Trust - Improving Gallery Lighting
£5,000 31/07/2019
Improving Gallery Lighting
Glasgow City Council - Project Ability Annual Programme
£72,000 21/03/2019
Visual arts and exhibition programme for adults and children with learning difficulties and adults with mental health problems.
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Project Ability
£8,500 27/08/2018
Co-curating a community response to Outside Art Collections and Glasgow Museums Art Extraordinary Collection
Robertson Trust - The Create Programme
£45,000 12/06/2018
The Create Programme
Glasgow City Council - Project Ability Annual Programme
£72,000 31/05/2018
Visual arts and exhibition programme for adults and children with learning difficulties and adults with mental health problems.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£20,000 15/09/2017
Project Ability: application in support of core funding
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Project Ability
£19,764 10/05/2017
33 disabled children and young people in Glasgow will access weekly tuition in painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics and drawing. Participants will have improved self belief, emotional ....more
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Unpicking the studio model and understanding a successful workshop practice
£59,000 08/05/2017
Project Ability is a visual arts charity working with disabled children, and learning disabled adults and those with mental health problems, at its central Glasgow studio. Through a programme of ....more
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Project Ability
£10,000 27/03/2017
SSB Linn Park Heritage - making local heritage accessible for young people with a disability
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Project Ability
£40,100 19/12/2016
The story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Project Ability
£60,000 13/07/2015
Towards salary costs to maintain the artistic quality and growth potential of an exhibition programme, associated events and public engagement activities, to promote art made by people with ....more
Robertson Trust - the Create Arts programme for children and young people
£25,000 28/02/2015
the Create Arts programme for children and young people
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Project Ability
£55,850 19/10/2011
Towards building the capacity, growth and ongoing development of the new Gallery and exhibition programme at Trongate 103.
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How is it governed?

Directors (9)
Current Directors appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Directors: 41-64
Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 20/03/1984, number: SC005226
  • Registered at Companies House on 25/04/1984, number: SC087782
Filing Record
5 returns made; all on time
Main office

103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD


'To promote, maintain, improve and advance public education and to stimulate and educate public interest, in the arts for the benefit of the community and particularly for disabled people by establishing a Project whereby artistic activities of an educational nature for the public can be undertaken including without prejudice to this generality music, opera, ballet, drama, - the visual arts, films, video, sound, exhibitions of all kinds as are conducive to the promotion, maintenance, improvement and advancement of education or to the encouragement of the Arts, particularly as they involve disabled people, whether on premises owned or leased by the Project or elsewhere provided that all of the objects of the Project shall be exclusively charitable

Data Sources

Scottish Charity Regulator
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