Connect Fund Enquiry Form - Equality & Diversity/ Business Support Development Programmes

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Welcome to the Connect Fund Enquiry form

The Barrow Cadbury Trust delivers the Connect Fund, on behalf of Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, to strengthen the social investment market in England to better meet the needs of charities and social enterprises.

This form is the initial application for grant funding from the Connect Fund. We strongly recommend that you read the funding guidelines to determine eligibility and to inform the suitability of your request for funding. 
You can also send us an email or contact us by telephone on 0207 632 9087 with any queries.

Please note the Fund does not fund frontline charities or social enterprises involved in direct service delivery. If you are a frontline organisation with questions about, or seeking, social investment you should consult Good Finance

Following the submission of your enquiry, we will review the information you have provided and follow up with further questions, if necessary. If you progress to the next stage, we will ask you to complete a full online application form. 

This form is short, but if you want to see all the questions before you start, you can navigate through the pages using the page number links at the top of the form. 

You can either type directly into the form or, if you prefer, you can cut and paste from another application such as Word. You are strongly advised to save your form 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. We do not have access to your password, but if you forget what it is, you can reset it yourself via the link you are given, or contact us to send you a new one. If you have any problems completing the form, please contact us on 0207 632 9087. There is a help link in the bottom left hand corner of this page, or you can reach us by email.

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.

As this process is being run in partnership with Access - the Foundation for Social Investment, the details of this application will be discussed with relevant contacts at Access, although personal data will not be shared with them. 

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. 
PAGE 2 - Are you eligible to apply?

If you would like to submit an Response Form to the call for ideas and solutions for the design phase of the Flexible Finance programme, please use this form:

Please read our funding guidelines before completing this section of the form.  We cannot consider projects that fall outside of our funding criteria. You can ring us (0207 6329087) if you think your project might fit one of our priorities but are not sure.

The Connect Fund has re-focused its funding priorities to prepare the infrastructure of the social investment sector to operate in a challenging recovery phase post Covid-19. The work we will fund in the coming months should centre on increasing the capability of market infrastructure to respond to the needs of charities and social enterprises as they seek new income streams and redesign or pivot their business models to survive.

If unsure, please email us ( or give us a call on 0207 6329087.


Contact details

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

Your Companies House number must be 8 digits long. If it less than 8 digits, add zeros at the beginning to make it up to an 8 digit string. For example: xxxxxx becomes 00xxxxxx.


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 Budget

Estimates are acceptable at this stage. A complete project budget will be requested at the next stage, if you are invited to submit a full application.
Once you have completed the form and are ready to submit your application, please click Submit below.  You are strongly advised to save your work via the link at the top of the form before doing this.  Once you click Submit, you will see a new screen with the content of your form.  You will have a chance to review this before clicking Confirm to submit your application.  Once your form is successfully submitted, you will see a confirmation screen, and an email with a copy of your form will be sent to you.