The Bulldog Trust

In 2017 the Bulldog Trust will launch the Temple Place Partnership, an exclusive collaboration with the London business community to drive social change.  The Partnership will build on past success to ensure more early-stage social enterprises and charities are able to achieve their potential.

Development Support for Early-Stage Projects

In 2012, the 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.The Trust is currently gathering business and financial support in order to expand capacity under the new name of the Temple Place Partnership.

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


“The Bulldog Trust’s 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

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.  In collaboration with carefully selected members of the business community, the Partnership will empower 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.  More details will be announced shortly.

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.

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