Our History

The Grassmarket Community Project has been developed in partnership by Greyfriars Kirk (Church of Scotland, www.greyfriarskirk.com) and the Grassmarket Mission (www.grassmarketmission.org).

Greyfriars Kirk first opened its doors in 1620 to serve the south-west parish of Edinburgh and its community continues to thrive today. The Grassmarket Mission was founded in 1890 and has historically provided a variety of services to homeless people in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh where they traditionally gathered. The two partners have been working alongside each other since 1982 and developed the joint Project working out of the building previously used as Greyfriars’ church halls. Grassmarket Community Project was formed as a stand-alone charity in 2010 by the two partners, to take forward the vision, mission and work they had established.

Although the partners’ roots are in working with people who are homeless or destitute, a wider definition of community came to be realised and the Project works with people who are dealing with a wide range of complex issues including mental and physical health problems, learning difficulties, poverty, substance misuse, social isolation and more.

The Grassmarket Centre on Candlemaker Row was officially opened by John Swinney, MSP on 25 April 2013. The centre has won architectural awards for its design and is home to our community, which is supported through a combination of our award-winning social enterprises, charitable grants and donations.

If you would like to hear more about our history, our story or our community including an interview with our founder and Chair Rev Dr Richard Frazer then please listen to our monthly podcasts here.


Our Charity, Company & Community – Key Documents

Grassmarket Community Project – Annual Report 2022

Grassmarket Community Project – Impact Report 2022

Grassmarket Community Project – Annual Report 2021

Grassmarket Community Project – Impact Report 2021

Business Plan 2021-23

Grassmarket Annual Report 2020

Grassmarket Community Project – Financial Reports & Accounts 2020

Grassmarket Community Project – Impact Report 2019

Grassmarket Community Project – Financial Reports & Accounts 2019

Grassmarket Community Project Annual Report 2019

Friends and Funders

Thank you to all our friends and funders, who include:

  • Augustine United Church
  • Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
  • Awards for All
  • Baird Trust
  • Barcapel
  • BAM Construction Ltd
  • Binks Trust
  • Church & Orchards Fund
  • Clothworkers Foundation
  • CMS Foundation Award
  • Compulsion Gamers
  • Earth Matters/Grab a Grant
  • Erasmus+ European Commission EU
  • Film Hub Scotland (BFI Audience Development Fund)
  • Foundation Scotland
  • Gloag Foundation
  • Grassmarket Mission
  • Greyfriars Kirk
  • Henry Smith Charity
  • High Constables of Edinburgh
  • Hope Trust
  • Hub Building Better Futures Fund
  • Hub South East
  • Itison Us
  • Kevin Robinson the Kiltwalker
  • Lankelley Chase
  • Mamas Pizzeria & O’Oliviero
  • Marshgate Charitable Settlement
  • MBM Commercial
  • Mercat Tours
  • Mushroom Trust
  • Nancie Massey Trust
  • Neighbourly (Heineken)
  • People’s Postcode Lottery
  • Quakers Edinburgh Central
  • Resilient Scotland
  • Robertson Trust
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Rutterford Holdings
  • Ryvoan
  • Sahara Boutique
  • Santander
  • Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Sir Tom Farmer Foundation
  • Social Bite
  • Social Economy Growth Fund (EU/Scottish Government)
  • Society for the Relief of the Destitute Sick & Destitute Sick
  • St Columba’s by the Castle
  • St Giles’ Cathedral
  • Tabhair
  • Transformation & Growth Fund
  • Tulip Trust
  • Viewforth Trust
  • Voice Your Choice
  • Walter Scott Associates
  • William Grant Step Change
  • The Wolfson Foundation

Thank you to everyone who supports our community, financially or otherwise, past, present and future.