Anchor Programme Expressions of Interest: Reasons for rejection
The first round of the Anchor Programme attracted more than 170 Expressions of Interest from charitable organisations in April 2023. We regret we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants. However, we have compiled a list of the most common reasons why applications did not advance to the second stage.
The Anchor Programme is designed to provide long-term, core funding to second-tier organisations that provide support to frontline groups.
To receive funding, organisations need to demonstrate a strong commitment to equitable practice and to addressing the marginalisation and discrimination experienced by those with intersecting identities.
The Expressions of Interest went through two rounds of shortlisting. The first round ensured applicants met the criteria for the programme. The second round selected the strongest Expressions of Interest to proceed to the second stage of the application process.
Due to the number of Expressions of Interest we received, we regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants. However, we have compiled a list of the most common reasons why applications did not advance to the second stage.
Anchor Programme: reasons for rejection of an Expression of Interest
- Your organisation’s second-tier focus was not strong enough, or was secondary to other services your organisation provides
- Your organisation’s second-tier support focused on organisations or institutions that we do not consider to be part of the voluntary sector
- Your application would be a better fit for our Infrastructure Funding programme
- Your application did not sufficiently meet the second-tier criteria. We defined second-tier organisations as delivering capacity-building services and/or voice, representation and advocacy support to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. Second-tier organisations do not generally engage directly with those who are the beneficiaries of frontline organisations, but they do provide services and support for such frontline organisations, strengthening London’s civil society
- Your organisation’s primary work is delivered in schools or an education setting, which is an area we do not fund
- Your organisation did not have the legal structure of an organisation that City Bridge Foundation would fund
- Your organisation did not have a minimum, annual income of £100,000
- The work your organisation carries out within London was not clearly defined
- Your response to the question about your organisation being led by and for the people it works to support was not strong enough
- Your organisation did not provide sufficient evidence of working with frontline organisations that assist and support individuals from communities facing discrimination and marginalisation based on specific characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected attributes
- Your organisation’s Expression of Interest may have been shortlisted in the first round of shortlisting, but competition was very high. Only the strongest Expressions of Interest were selected in the second round of shortlisting, to proceed to the second stage of the application process
If your application was unsuccessful on this occasion, please consider exploring our other our other funding streams, as some of them may be suitable for your organisation. Most of our funding is available on a continuous basis, without application deadlines.
If you would like to make a future application to the Anchor Programme, the programme will reopen for a second stage of funding in 2024. Details will be shared in advance via our website, social media and our email bulletin to funded organisations.