City Bridge Trust

Location: City Bridge Trust, City Of London, Po Box 270, Guildhall, London, EC2P 2EJ United Kingdom

EIN: 980

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20Positive leader in the field20Responsive19Builds relationships19Friendly18Gives more than money16"Gets" nonprofits and issues13Openminded9Likes site visits8Culturally sensitive8Insightful6Risk taker

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City Bridge Trust

Nov 13, 2020

Reviewer UK389 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Very responsive funder who will always reply to enquiries. Make sure you allow enough time to apply before your project starts as the decision-making process is longer than you might think. Approximate decision times are clearly advertised on their website.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Responsive

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Response from City Bridge Trust

Nov 26, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We are always looking to improve our processes and communication.

Nov 13, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

City Bridge Trust have updated their funding priorities recently so check that the project matches them, and make sure to include this in the application.

Pros

Gives more than money

Response from City Bridge Trust

Nov 26, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We are currently reviewing our application process looking at how and at which points in the process we contact applicants so we hope to improve this in the future.

Nov 02, 2020

Reviewer UK613 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

My advice is to read the guidance notes carefully and talk to the trust before making an application.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Nov 10, 2020

Thank you for giving feedback, which will be shared with the whole team in our ongoing efforts to improve our processes.

Oct 22, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

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Insightful, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Oct 26, 2020

Thank you for this great feedback. Our Funding Managers are committed to having as good relationships as possible with organisations we fund, so we are delighted that you feel we are insightful and responsive.

Oct 12, 2020

Reviewer UK760 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Plan ahead. Great funder with clear communication, though the decision-making process was slow.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Oct 26, 2020

Thank you very much for your honest feedback. We are delighted to hear that you feel trusted by CBT and that you appreciate the support we offer around resilience and other free support. We are sorry to hear that you had to let a member of staff go while waiting for the results of your application. This is such a shame. We will feed back all of your comments to our teams.

Sep 07, 2020

Reviewer UK825 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Funding Manager was a breath of fresh air compared to other funders. Throughout the process, she open and transparent, and in the assessment call in particular, she did not put us under any pressure with tricky questions to catch us out. It was more like a conversation than an interview. She showed genuine interest in out cause and achievements, and was sympathetic to our weaknesses and needs, with helpful recommendations on how the funder can support us even if we are not successful with this funding application.

Throughout the application process she has been responsive to email queries (even when on annual leave!). We came away with the impression that the funder wants us to succeed, with or without them, and they wanted to create a relationship with us.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Sep 22, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback and for taking the time to write this review. We are pleased to hear that you have found it such a good experience and that you could have an open dialogue with the Funding Manager.

Aug 31, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

That the decision making process is 6 months and there was radio silence between acknowledgement (Feb) of the application and receiving a reference no. (July).

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

Response from City Bridge Trust

Sep 22, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback, which we will be sharing with the team for discussion so that we can ensure that we are always communicating in the best way possible with those who are awaiting a decision.

Aug 30, 2020

Reviewer UK220 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They are a great funder, the website is brilliant and the information provided is easy to follow. The grant application process is not complicated nor is the form.
The visit by the Grant Officer was very helpful, helped us to identify some gaps which the Grant officer was helpful in advising us how to complete them. The Grant Officer also provided other helpoful advice where we could strengthen our bid, areas where we could strengthen our organisation's work. The grant officer didn't penalise us for that.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Sep 22, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your positive feedback. We are pleased to hear that you found our visit and advice helpful and the application process easy to follow.

Jul 21, 2020 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Great funder - long application process with interview- very thorough questions- lots of finance info required

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Builds relationships

Response from City Bridge Trust

Jul 28, 2020

Thank you for this response and positive feedback. We note the point about being less accessible to grass roots organisations, but we are delighted that you feel supported by CBT.

May 30, 2020 1

Reviewer UK816 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Be well prepared. You will need a very precise application and all the supporting information.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Builds relationships, Responsive

Response from City Bridge Trust

Jul 28, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review CBT. We are very pleased that you feel we are punctual and professional as well as available for questions. We are always looking at how we can improve the application and reporting processes and have added more explanatory notes recently. Thank you again!

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