The Bulldog Trust

The strength of the Bulldog Trust lies in the care with which it evaluates potential recipients and its ability to give considerable operational advice and assistance.

Operating since 1983, the Bulldog Trust has donated more than £4m to a range of charities, social enterprises and CIC. 

The Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding Initiative

Since 2012 the Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding Initiative has provided small to medium sized charitable organisations and social enterprises with the chance to access funding of between £1,000 and £30,000 without a complicated and time consuming application process.

The aim of this collaborative funding initiative is to make transformational grants to the organisations we support – grants that enable charities to take a step forward in their development and do something they were not able to do before.

In 2015/16 £300,000 was distributed. The second and final round of funding for 2015/16 opened and closed on the 1st of April 2016 after 300 applications were received. Decisions were communicated to all applicants on the 22nd of July 2016.

Guidelines and Application Information

Bulldog Trust Golden Bottle Funding Results & Impact 2012-2016

2012 – 2015: Organisations funded

Current Year to Date: Organisations funded

The number of applications accepted for each round of funding is limited to 300 to ensure every application receives sufficient attention – follow us on Twitter to @TheBulldogTrust for regular updates. We regret that any application sent after the round has closed will not be acknowledged or processed.

2015/16 Round Application Opening - 9am Funding Decisions
One 17/04/2015 2/10/2015
Two 01/04/2016 22/07/2016

The Bulldog Trust is recruiting a Director of External Relations for the Temple Place Partnership and a Head of Grants as we extend our work to increase innovation in the charity sector and build a stronger culture of philanthropy in the city. Please click on the roles to find the job descriptions.

Temple Place Partnership

Following the success of the GBT/BT joint funding initiative programme (see Impact Summary) and the positive feedback we have been receiving, a major expansion of the Golden Bottle Bulldog Funding Initiative will be launched under the new name of the Temple Place Partnership in autumn 2016.  Linking with the financial services sector, the Partnership aims to provide up to £10m alongside strategic support, to enable social impact organisations to develop, scale and increase their sustainability. The Partnership will build on the work of the Trust through it’s grants programme and philanthropy networks, to increase the number of innovative small charities and social enterprises ready to access longer-term funding and social investment.

Between now and 2019, the fund will offer 420 organisations grants of up to £30,000 and access to skills, training, and strategic support for business. Over a £1m in operating costs for the Partnership have already been pledged with additional funds provided by Members channelled directly to grants.

For more details please contact


The Bulldog Trust was delighted to be Highly Commended in the Grantmaking and Funding category for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running awards scheme in the charity sector. 



The adult literacy charity ReadEasy UK won funding from the Bulldog Trust to support the early stages of expansion.  With the support of a mentor sourced by the Trust’s philanthropy network who is a former Executive Board member of the John Lewis Partnership, the founder and CEO has built an organisation that now has 25 regional groups across the UK teaching adults how to read through one-to-one tutoring by trained volunteers.

Photograph courtesy of ReadEasy UK