The Bulldog Trust

Operating since 1983, the Trust has donated over £4m to charity – the strength lies in the care with which it evaluates potential recipients and its ability to provide operational advice and assistance.

Development Support for Early-Stage Projects

In 2012, the Trust joined with the Golden Bottle Trust to launch the first open-access funding programme offering unrestricted support for the development of early-stage charities, social enterprises and CIC in the UK. The funding model is designed to let applicants 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 as well as being Highly Commended at the 2016 Charity Awards.  The Trust is currently gathering business and financial support in order to expand capacity under the new name of the Temple Place Partnership.

Temple Place Partnership

Between now and 2020, the Temple Place Partnership will provide strategic support and up to £10m to develop, scale or improve the sustainability of 420 of the highest-quality social impact organisations. Building on experience, the Partnership will use the resources and expertise of the London business community to improve the ability of dynamic small charities to access longer-term funding streams and social investment.

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 Temple Place Partnership Advisory Board, chaired by Rupert Harrison CBE, will oversee the strategic direction of the programme and identify suitable partners.

As in previous years, the Partnership will run three funding rounds per year in line with the academic calendar and we aim to open the first funding round in early 2017.  Guidelines for applicants will remain similar to previous rounds.

To be kept updated on the latest news please email with subject line MAILING LIST or follow us on Twitter @TheBulldogTrust.  Please note that there is currently no funding round open and unfortunately any application submitted before a funding round has been opened will not be acknowledged or processed.


We are still looking for the right candidate for the role of Head of Grants. Please see the role description here for further information.

Results of Funding Model 2012-2016 

  • 51 grants awarded
  • £1,075,000 distributed
  • Average grant £21,000
  • 1180 hrs fundraising feedback provided
  • 90% average score for delivery against transformational targets
  • 77% grantees gone on to access major funding   
  • 77% grantees connected with ongoing business expertise
  • 80% unsuccessful applicants rated grant process 4 or 5 out of 5

From 2012 – 2016 the Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust have run two or three funding rounds per year to give transformational grants and strategic support to charities, community interest companies and social enterprises.  Organisations working in any area are eligible to apply however during the due diligence process, successful applicants will have proved how support will create a step change within their organisation or allow them to achieve something they were not able to do before.

Impact Report and Case Studies 2012-2016

Summary of charitable organisations funded between 2012 – 2016

In-depth Case Study

Endorsements of Temple Place Partnership

Guidelines and Application Information 2015/16 



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