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 current grant holders can access:
The Bridge Programme
City Bridge Trust has a network of partners who can provide free, additional support for your organisation. This is called the Bridge Programme.
The support can take many forms and depends on what you need. For instance, the programme can support organisational development or governance, fundraising or impact measurement. The programme can include group or peer-to-peer learning, access to training courses, or attendance at conferences. Lots of other support options are available.
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.
Property Advice for Charities
The Ethical Property Foundation is a registered charity providing free, expert and independent property advice and workshop education to voluntary groups across London. Funded by City Bridge Trust, the Foundation 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.
To access their free tailored advice see the Ethical Property Foundation website.
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.
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.