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Welcome to the Connect Fund Application form for grant funding

The Connect Fund has been set up to strengthen the social investment market in England to better meet the needs of charities and social enterprises. We provide grants and social investments to develop shared infrastructure resources for a market that supports mission. We fund tools, partnerships and initiatives that advance a more open and accessible social investment market.

This form is the application for grant funding from the Connect Fund. The fund is managed by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in partnership with the Access Foundation for Social Investment. We strongly recommend that you read the funding guidance for the appropriate fund to determine eligibility and to inform the suitability of your request for funding.

Following the submission of your application, we will review the information you have provided. We may contact you to arrange a time to visit your organisation and/or to discuss your proposal in greater detail. 

As part of this application form, you will be asked to append:
1) Project budget (spreadsheet format)
2) Project plan/timescale with key milestones
3) Governing document - constitution or articles of association
4) Most recent annual accounts (or income and expenditure budget if your organisation is newly-formed)
5) Scanned copy of a recent bank statement

You are strongly advised to save your work in progress by using the links at the top of the form. You will be asked for a password and will be sent an email with a link to the saved form. If you have any problems completing the form, please contact us on 0207 632 9060. There is a help link in the bottom left hand corner of this page, or you can reach us by email.

At Barrow Cadbury Trust, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. You can see the full text of our privacy policy on our website here.

As part of this application form, we collect information about you to enable us to contact you.  We may use your information to:

· Contact you regarding your grant application and, if successful, any subsequent grant;

· Contact you regarding matters that are relevant to the Trust’s and your organisation’s mission;

· Send you communications which you have requested;

· Seek your views or comments on the services we provide;

· Notify you of changes to our services.


We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. Once grants have ended, information will be stored for historical and research purposes.  Electronic information is stored on our database and paper copies are transferred to and managed by Archives and Collections at The Library of Birmingham.  Full details of research access to archived materials can be found in our privacy policy here.


By submitting this application form, you agree to us using your personal information in this way. 


Contact details

This must be the legal name of your organisation (the name that is on your governing document)

Please tell us what role you have in the organisation (your job title or Board position).

Organisation details

This must be a different person from the person filling in the form named above. If you are the Chair of the organisation and the main contact for this application, please give the details of a second office holder such as Treasurer or Secretary.


Project details

It may take us up to four months to assess your project (usually less for smaller applications). Please bear this in mind when setting a start date, and be realistic about what you can achieve.


Project management

Project evaluation


Project budget

If you have a shortfall, tell us how you plan to cover it. Give details of the source (for example another funder, earning income, or part funding the project from your reserves) and whether or not you have already secured it. If you still need to raise additional funds, tell us the timetable for doing this.

Organisation finances
In order to assess your organisation's financial health (the designated project host organisation) we need some details of the current status of your finances, following on from the period of your recent annual accounts.

Bank details 

This is the bank account your grant will be paid into if your project is successful. At a later point you will be asked to upload a statement from this account.


Please attach the following documents (unless otherwise indicated below):

Living Wage

The Trust is an accredited Living Wage Employer and a Living Wage Friendly Funder. This means that we have committed to encouraging and supporting those we fund to become Living Wage Employers.  

The Living Wage is set each year by the Living Wage Foundation and is enough to cover the basic cost of living in the UK. Living Wage Employers choose to pay their staff the Living Wage, which is higher than the legal “living wage” set by the Government that all employers will have to pay from April 2016.  The Living Wage is currently £10.55 in London and £9 in the rest of the country. This is equivalent to £19,275 in London and £16,443 in the rest of the UK for a 35 hour week.

Being or working towards becoming a Living Wage Employer is not a condition of our funding and we will consider your application on its merits whether or not your organisation is, or is considering becoming, a Living Wage Employer.  If your organisation is successful in your grant application to us and wishes to find out more, we can signpost you to support with accreditation.  If you are a small organisation, we can help with accreditation fees.

We are collecting statistics on how many of our applicants and grant-holders are Living Wage Employers so that we can track any changes over time.  This information is for our internal purposes only and will not form part of our assessment.  

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