Funder Plus

City Bridge Trust Toolbox

Along with a grant, the Trust is keen to make the best use of all of it’s assets, along with those of it’s Trustee, the City of London Corporation. These include the links it has to civil society, other funders and the wider funding ecology, and the expertise of the Corporation and their links to local, regional and national Government and the private sector.

More information on these will follow in due course, but below are a few Funder Plus offers which you can already access:

STRIVE Programme

STRIVE is an 18-month programme delivered by the Cranfield Trust, which has been working with charities for nearly 30 years, delivering management consultancy projects that support charities with everything from strategic planning to improving financial processes, building a strong board or creating an effective marketing plan.

STRIVE provides independent, confidential business advice and guidance to City Bridge Trust grant holders whose primary purpose is addressing the issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion.

More information can be found here.

 

Property Advice for Charities

The Ethical Property Foundation (EPF) is a registered charity providing free, expert and independent property advice and workshop education to voluntary groups across London. Funded by City Bridge Trust, EPF works in a partnership with a Register of experienced solicitors and surveyors and supports local organisations which may have premises management issues, problems with a landlord or may require help negotiating a lease or moving offices or buying premises.

EPF is running 6 free workshops across Greater London in 2019. Book your place today here, or email mail@ethicalproperty.org.uk

To access their free tailored advice complete our Help form here and a senior property adviser will be in touch to help you.

A full library of free resources is available on the website here.

 

Greening the Third Sector Eco-audits

Organisations in receipt of a grant from the Trust can also apply for the costs of an Eco-Audit. This will involve a review of your energy use, waste, travel patterns and purchasing practice; awareness-raising & training and a report and action plan. The aim is to make your organisation more sustainable, reduce waste and carbon footprint, and save money by reducing energy bills.

More information can be found here.

 

Stepping Stones Fund

This Fund is a unique social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations in Greater London. It aims to bridge the gap between grant and investment finance by providing funding which allows an organisation to test the viability of a repayable finance model. Grant funding is available to test out a new idea; increase capacity within the organisation; or create a business plan for the organisation.

More information can be found here.