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Social Bridging Finance: An Overview

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Social Bridging Finance is a new grant funding model being developed by The Robertson Trust. It also been designed with the intention of enabling public services to innovate and move to greater preventative spend through bringing together a working partnership of public sector, third sector and independent funders. As such, it aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of services delivered by the third sector which can evidence success.

In 2019 the Robertson Trust is embarking on a journey to test the model and build our understanding of how it works in practice through three demonstration models.  We will be sharing our learning as we go and will be actively encouraging other independent funders, public sector and third sector organisations to try the model and share their experience of it with us. These projects are still in development and we will share information as it becomes available.

The principles of the model have been tested in two sites to date; MCR Pathways in Glasgow and the Dundee and Includem Raising Attainment Project in Dundee. By the end of the latest demonstrations, we expect to produce a suite of information and “how to” materials that can be used to implement this model to effect public sector reform across Scotland and further afield.

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2018_01_28_Social_Bridging_Finance_Two_Page_Summary (pdf - 16 MB)