In March 2017 the Bulldog Trust launched a major expansion of our previous funding programme – The Fore Trust elevates dynamic small charities with funding and expertise to increase connections, share skills and strengthen society as a whole.
The Fore develops, scales and improves the highest-quality early-stage charities and social enterprises. The Fore brings together business and financial support to expand capacity, building on the huge success of the funding model piloted as the Golden Bottle and Bulldog Trust Joint Funding Initiative. Dynamic small charities will be empowered to succeed in collaboration with carefully selected members of the business community.
With over £1m pledged to cover all operating costs, business members will have exclusive, cost-free access to opportunities to use their skills to drive change in the most dynamic and effective social projects in the UK. The Board, chaired by Rupert Harrison CBE, will oversee the strategic direction of the programme.
The Fore opened its first funding round for registration on 27th March 2017 at 10am. Registration is now closed. The first 400 successfully registered organisations have been invited to submit a simple application by 24th April with funding decisions announced in early July. The second round of funding will open for registration on 24th July 2017.
The Fore will run three funding rounds per year in line with the academic calendar. All grant-making for the Bulldog Trust will be done through The Fore.
Results of Funding Model 2012-2016
“This innovative grants model is particularly valuable for smaller organisations, which rarely receive unrestricted development funding and strategic advice. Both are needed to increase mobility within the sector – support such as this is absolutely vital if they [smaller charities and social enterprises] are to reach their full potential.”
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
In 2012, the Bulldog Trust joined with the Golden Bottle Trust to launch the first open-access funding programme in the UK offering unrestricted support for the development of early-stage charities, social enterprises and CIC. The funding model asks applicants to identify what they need to move forward and includes a simple application process, feedback and access to tailored pro-bono strategic support. The successful model has experienced unprecedented levels of demand from both organisations looking for funding and business people keen to offer expertise. The model was Highly Commended at the 2016 Charity Awards.
Between 2012 – 2016 two or three funding rounds were run each year. Organisations working in any area were eligible to apply however during the due diligence process, successful applicants proved how support would create a step change within their organisation or allow them to achieve something they were not able to do before.
For more information on our grant-making, including how to join our mailing list see www.thefore.org .
The adult literacy charity ReadEasy UK won funding to support the early stages of expansion. With the support of a mentor, sourced by the 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. www.readeasy.org.uk
Photograph courtesy of ReadEasy UK