Chisholme is maintainted through love and generosity.
Countless selfless acts, such as time freely given, or donations small and large, enable the Institute to be owned by no-one and everyone.
It is not, and has never been dependent on any single donor or on funding from particular interest groups.
Chisholme is largely supported by course fees, covenants, legacies, one-off donations, and of course by the grace and goodwill of many, many volunteers.

Student Funding

Since the very first retreat course at Chisholme in the winter of 1975, it has been important that anyone who has a taste for and a wish to undertake the immersive courses here, should be able to attend regardless of their means. In these current times, where inequalities of opportunity are so evident, this principle is most relevant.

Many of those who have benefitted from the courses continue to support this intention, inspired by the impulse of generosity and gratitude that springs from the courses themselves.

Please contact to donate by debit or credit card.
Also contact us if Gift Aid can be claimed when you donate by bank transfer.

Here are the account details:
The Chisholme Institute Project Fund
Lloyds Bank
Sort code 30-94-92
Account 07311214

Please quote as reference Student Fund

Projects and General Funding

With the aid of a large donation, the Summerhouse has been renovated, modernised and refurbished. It is now available for holiday rentals. The first guests were welcomed in October 2020, and surplus income from bookings is being applied to further refurbishment projects.
See the Summerhouse website

Work on the Gate Lodge remains a longer term project requiring major investment but some remedial work has been done to prevent deterioration.

In the Steading Cottage the kitchen has been given a complete overhaul.

We were approved a grant for up to £8K, for the modifications to our water supply. This meant that the water purification system in the Main House could be replaced, so that it now links to all the buildings at Chisholme. There will no longer be the need to carry drinking water to upstairs rooms in the house and to other accommodation on the estate. Further changes are intended, but phase one of the project is now complete and after inspection some of the grant funds will be released.

Corona Virus
What could have been a very critical situation was mitigated thanks to £16.8K of funding from the Third Sector Resilience Fund administered through The Corra Foundation.
This has been a lifeline for Chisholme.

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Over the years, the Institute has received project grants from Historic Scotland, the Millenium Forest Project, and the Energy Saving Trust.

The Institute is most grateful for ongoing support from The Beshara Trust.

Thank you!




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Ludi How, who died earlier this year, was the person who in 1973 'found' Chisholme House, at that time a derelict manor house standing abandoned on the moorland near Hawick.
She was a bright light to many...