Poverty and Inequality

Poverty exists in our county and this creates economic insecurity, isolation, and marginalisation. We believe that inequality lies at the heart of issues of poverty and are taking a systemic approach to addressing this at a local level. We are using our local knowledge and national leadership to support and advise donors on the projects that can make a meaningful difference to the most disadvantaged individuals and communities.

“We build partnerships which connect donors with local projects to strengthen the communities in Bedfordshire and Luton.”

We continue to help build a Bedfordshire that truly thrives – one that is welcoming, collaborative and inclusive. By partnering with a wide range of responsible businesses, local people and national organisations, we ensure a cohesive and targeted approach to our work.

Learn more about how we are making an impact across local communities here

As an independent local grantmaker, we support voluntary and community groups working for the benefit of people living within Luton and Bedfordshire. We award all our grants from the numerous funds we manage on behalf of statutory agencies, private donors, companies and local families

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All our funds are listed in the Apply For Grants section of our website together with a criteria and application form. First read our eligibility criteria – Read First.

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As an independent local grantmaker, we support voluntary and community groups working for the benefit of people living within Luton and Bedfordshire. We award all our grants from the numerous funds we manage on behalf of statutory agencies, private donors, companies and local families

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“The grant has made a big impact to our users who are vulnerable and need support for their mental health and learning.”

Mary Seacole Housing Association

Mental Health

Our research has stressed the importance of providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health issues. As a foundation we look to fund groups and projects which improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health and which offer respect and dignity to people.

Find out more about our work here

Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion

Our expert team is leading the foundation sector nationally, in transforming the way we distribute funding to ensure it is equitable, transparent and representative. DEI is a grantmaking framework which ensures that philanthropy becomes more impactful and reflective of the people we seek to help.

In the news…

Stay Well This Winter

BLCF are proud to launch their #StayWellThisWinter appeal to support vulnerable people struggling with fuel poverty across Bedfordshire during the winter months. Working with a number of Community Partners across the county they will look to raise both awareness and much needed funds to make a real impact for those faced with the terrible choice of heating or eating this winter. Read more here.

To donate, please visit:

totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/survivingwinter

Thank you for your support.

Working Together

It is wondeful to see the community continue to pull together to overcome what has been a truly testing year. This winter we have partnered with Bedford Foodbank, Faces, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire, Level Trust, Luton Irish Forum, Luton Foodbank and Queen's Park Community Organisation to deliver our winter appeal. Their commitment to help us address fuel poverty and keep locals warm and well this winter is outstanding. Their unwavering support throughout 2020 is a gift to each and every person they are able to help.

To learn more about each of our partners and how you can ask for their support, please click here.

Join Our Community Panel

Our Community Panel is a body of local representatives brought together for the specific purpose of advising on decisions about grant awards under various funds managed by BLCF. The Panel comprises representatives of the community or communities benefiting from the Fund. Ideally, members will represent a good cross section of the community. In fact, the more mixed and diverse the Panel, the more representative of the local community it is likely to be.
All Panel members need to be well informed about and take a healthy interest in community issues and be keen to see the funds making a real difference to their community. This is a voluntary post and we require you to attend up to 4 meetings a year. 

We are specifically interested in hearing from people from the Central Bedfordshire or Bedford Borough areas. Please express your interest in writing (no more than 400 words) detailing your relevant skills and experience to via email to: francesca.johnstone@blcf.org.uk

Find out more about the role here.

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Stay well this winter

We've launched an appeal for people facing fuel poverty this winter. To learn more click here.

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