The Bulldog Trust provides development support to small charities and social enterprises to enable transformational change. Fundamental to the Trust’s work is the belief small organisations are best placed to identify their own needs.
Since its inception in 1983 the Trust has been actively involved with a broad range of projects. To generate the greatest impact, the Trust not only offers grants but encourages charities to utilise the broad experience of the trustees, staff and the Engaging Experience philanthropy network for strategic assistance. This experience has now led to the establishment of the Trust’s new initiative The Fore.
The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK working with businesses to champion early-stage charities and social enterprises. Our funding model offers the highest quality charitable projects unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years, strategic support and valuable networking opportunities. It provides businesses with access to a unique pipeline of exceptional small charities to fund and nurture through skilled-volunteering.
The magnificent neo-gothic mansion on the Embankment is the headquarters of the Trust and a focal point for many of its activities. Two Temple Place is open to the public during the annual winter exhibitions (January – April each year) showcasing collections from outside London and supporting emerging curatorial talent. It also hosts many of the Trust’s charitable initiatives including the Engaging Experience philanthropy network, partnership events with other organisations including New Philanthropy Capital, the Fulbright Commission and third party charity events. The house is also available for private hire throughout the year. Please see www.twotempleplace.org for more details.
Doorstep Library Network provides a home-based reading service to children living on housing estates with a high level of deprivation. Specially trained Home-Reading volunteers instil a love of reading in children (up to 11 years old) who are at risk of underachievement at school. In 2015 GBT/BT collaborated with the CriSeren Foundation to fund the development of a business plan and funding strategy for a ‘six-library hub model’ that can be replicated.
Photograph courtesy of Doorstep Library Network