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City Bridge Foundation

We provide grants and use our resources to help communities foster connections, become more resilient and build a more equal London.

Overview

Total reviews: 75


What was the overall relationship with the funder?
98.0
1.0
How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?
91.0
8.0
How would you rate this funder's accessibility?
81.0
16.0
How many hours did your grant application take?

Median 10 hours

Top descriptors for this funder
55 Responsive
51 Friendly
49 Positive leader in the field
48 Builds relationships
45 Understands nonprofits and issues
44 Gives more than money

Latest Reviews

    May 7, 2024

    Funded for amount requested - applied in 2023

    CBF is a listening funder, they will have a conversation with you and discuss ideas. Their processes are rigorous but they are very supportive as a team and it's excellent to have a designated point of contact in the grant manager that you are assigned.

    Pros

    Positive leader in the field Gives more than money Culturally sensitive Insightful Friendly Builds relationships Likes site visits Understands nonprofits and issues Openminded Responsive

    Cons

    What is your relationship with the funder for this experience?

    Current or former grantee

    If you were funded tell us the outcome

    Funded for amount requested

    What year was this experience?

    2023

    How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

    Excellent

    How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?

    Excellent

    How was your relationship overall with the funder?

    Excellent

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    May 1, 2024

    Other - applied in 2024

    Make sure you are up to date on your organisational details: safeguarding, reporting, trustees, GDPR. Very personable and work with you to make your appeal as strong as possible.

    Pros

    Gives more than money Friendly Builds relationships Openminded Responsive

    Cons

    What is your relationship with the funder for this experience?

    Grant currently pending

    If you were funded tell us the outcome

    Other

    What year was this experience?

    2024

    How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

    Excellent

    How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?

    Excellent

    Tell us one thing that this funder does really well

    Communication

    How was your relationship overall with the funder?

    Excellent

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    Apr 15, 2024

    Funded for amount requested - applied in 2021

    City Bridge are a fantastic, forward-thinking funder who are making great efforts to level the power balance between funder/fundee.

    Pros

    Positive leader in the field Gives more than money Culturally sensitive Understands nonprofits and issues

    Cons

    Unresponsive

    What is your relationship with the funder for this experience?

    Current or former grantee

    If you were funded tell us the outcome

    Funded for amount requested

    What year was this experience?

    2021

    How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

    Average

    Whilst I've had a great experience in terms of the funding and being invited to events, I have had a poor experience in terms of the relationship with my grant manager. It took almost a year to get a reply at application stage. It has also hindered our programme and its delivery team quite a lot as they do not reply to my messages sometimes for months at a time, and have given contradictory advice. I offer this feedback in good spirit, without trying to apportion any blame and in the hope that other charities could avoid the negative impact this has had on us.

    How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?

    Excellent

    Tell us one thing that this funder does really well

    The efforts they make to level the power balance between funder/fundee. Their support for full cost recovery and the cost of living top up grant that we were awarded has meant so much.

    If you had one piece of advice to give to this funder (about grantmaking or anything else), what would it be?

    A prompt reply would mean so much.

    How was your relationship overall with the funder?

    Average

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    Feb 21, 2024

    applied in 2024

    Do not hesitate to attempt. They are not high and mighty, they are a flexible funder taking the time to relate to small grassroots charities and have insight on our nuanced needs. <Team Memeber Name> visited us, and to be frank we were quite nervous as we saw they are a multi professional. They was so supportive, empathetic, flexible and we called them a Wikipedia of knowledge which he was so happy to share and explain on layman level. Whatever our grant outcome will be, this was worth everything. We have the direction we need to mobilize and scale Just Kidding.

    Pros

    Positive leader in the field Gives more than money Risk taker Culturally sensitive Insightful Friendly Builds relationships Likes site visits Understands nonprofits and issues Openminded Responsive

    Cons

    What is your relationship with the funder for this experience?

    Grant currently pending

    If you were funded tell us the outcome

    What year was this experience?

    2024

    How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

    Excellent

    How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?

    Excellent

    Tell us one thing that this funder does really well

    Flexible, approachable and relates to small charity`s needs. Equitable!

    If you had one piece of advice to give to this funder (about grantmaking or anything else), what would it be?

    Look after <Team Members > They are multi talented and an a great asset. You are so fortunate to have them.

    How was your relationship overall with the funder?

    Excellent

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    Feb 12, 2024

    Other - applied in 2024

    Re the application portal, save info on a separate doc, it has a habit of losing information even when SAVE is selected on each page - and even multiple times on some pages this is needed - plus not allowing certain selections from drop down bars

    Pros

    Positive leader in the field Gives more than money Risk taker Insightful Builds relationships Understands nonprofits and issues

    Cons

    What is your relationship with the funder for this experience?

    Grant currently pending

    If you were funded tell us the outcome

    Other

    What year was this experience?

    2024

    How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

    Average

    Found the process deductive consuming and that’s user friendly, note that I use a Mac not PC.

    How successfully do you think this funder is accomplishing its goals as a funder?

    Excellent

    We’ve a previous, indirectly selected grant, accessed through a multi-funder portal that was more straightforward

    Tell us one thing that this funder does really well

    I think they consider where the grants can be best spent quite carefully and are not wrapped up in tokenism as with the Arts Council, who we’ve given up on.

    If you had one piece of advice to give to this funder (about grantmaking or anything else), what would it be?

    Improve the application portal so it’s more cross-platform

    How was your relationship overall with the funder?

    Excellent

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