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.

Luton Youth Fund

This fund is aimed at supporting young people aged between 11 and 18 across Luton. The fund is targeted to maintain programmes for tackling the following:
the exploitation of children and young people such as gang associated behavior, serious youth violence or sexual exploitation, which encompass a multi-agency approach. 

To learn more about the criteria and how to apply, please click here.

Positive Difference Fund - Phase 2

The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund Phase 2 is now OPEN with grants up to £10,000. It will provide grants to support projects which have a positive impact on the people and communities they serve, allowing them to provide help and connecting people with the practical and essential support they need. This funding aims to address the ongoing and latest issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus. 

Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday 5th February 2021.

To use the postcode checker and read the criteria documentation in full to see if you are eligible, please click 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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