Social Bridging Finance

We are developing this new grant funding model to support innovation and cross-sector partnerships for the delivery of preventative services.

Social Bridging Finance (SBF) is a new grant funding model we're developing. It's designed to enable public services to innovate and move resources towards preventative services, by bringing together a working partnership of public sector, third sector and independent funders.

Through SBF, grant funding from independent funding sources is used to support the initial demonstration phase of an evidence-based service. This is underpinned by a contractual agreement between all partners that aims to ensure the public sector sustains those services which successfully meet agreed outcomes.

Since 2019 The Robertson Trust has been on a journey to test the model and build our understanding of how it works in practice through three demonstration projects. 

By the end of the SBF pilot, we expect to produce a suite of information and “how to” materials that can be used by other funders, public and third sector organisations interested in using the model in their own partnerships.

Please note we are not planning to commit any further funding to Social Bridging Finance projects for the foreseeable future, as we observe and learn from the existing trial of the model and subsequent evaluation.

Project contact

Terri leads our Social Bridging Finance work and will be happy to answer any questions you have.