Funding Available

Who can apply?

The Connect Fund supports social investment intermediaries and voluntary sector infrastructure organisations in England.

The Building Infrastructure Fund is designed to develop enterprise solutions and explore new ways for voluntary sector infrastructure organisations to engage with social investment.

The Enterprising Ideas Fund provides flexible finance to social investment intermediaries to develop new business ideas in the social investment market.

The Connect Fund does not fund frontline charities or social enterprises involved in direct service delivery. You should consult Good Finance if you have questions about social investment.

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Application Process

If you have a proposal, please carefully read the funding guidelines for the most appropriate fund. If you believe you are eligible, please complete the Expression of Interest (EoI) form. If required, we will discuss your EoI submission by phone and follow up with further questions. We will endeavour to respond to the EoI in four weeks.

If your EoI is sucessfull, you will be invited to complete a full online application and to submit financial and legal documents.

Final decisions take place at the Barrow Cadbury Trust Investment Management Committee meetings, held quarterly.

Successful grantees commit to be part of the Connect Fund Learning Community.

The Building Infrastructure Fund will accept applications from existing Connect Fund grantees on a rolling basis.

The Enterprising Ideas Fund will accept applications on a rolling basis, with Investment decisions taking place in May, September and November 2019.


Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.


Read funding guidelines


Complete EoI
enquiry form


Selected applicants are asked to submit full application


Final decision made at Investment Management Committee