What we fund?

In light of the unprecedented challenge Covid-19 has created for civil society, our priority is to try to minimise the damage done to the social investment sector and to respond where we are best placed to do so. The size of the challenge facing the sector is bigger than the Connect Fund can manage, but where we can help, we will.

The Connect Fund will continue to support the infrastructure of the social investment market by working with key stakeholders who have an important role to play as this situation evolves and who will be vital to responding to the needs of charities and social enterprises once the crisis has passed. Read our full statement on Covid-19. The Connect Fund will align with the strategic objectives of the Access Foundation. Please carefully read our funding guidelines to determine whether your proposal aligns with the Connect Fund.

If you are a current or recent partner of the Connect Fund and are concerned about the immediate impact of the virus on your organisations, do please get in touch.

Who can apply?


The Connect Fund supports organisations based in England, either: 

  • Social investment intermediaries:  social investors, fund managers or advisors;
  • Social infrastructure organisations: voluntary sector infrastructure, membership bodies, umbrella organisations, sector/ place-based or equalities networks, or community foundations.

The Connect Fund does not fund frontline charities or social enterprises involved in direct service delivery, or projects that are not directly linked to the social investment market in England. 

You should consult Good Finance if you have questions about social investment.

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Application Process

Please carefully read the funding guidelines to check if your proposal aligns with our partner Access’ strategic objectives. 

If you believe you are eligible, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. We have recently simplified this form to save you time.

If your proposal meets with funding criteria, we will discuss your EOI submission by phone to follow up with further questions.

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

Decisions take place at the Barrow Cadbury Trust Investment Management Committee.

Successful grantees will join the Connect Fund Learning Community, an opportunity to share insights and collaborate with other projects.

 Please contact us if you have any questions.


Read funding guidelines


Complete EoI
enquiry form


Selected applicants are asked to submit full application


Final decision made, grantees are part of    Learning Community