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About the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) is the leading local grantmaker in the county, distributing £15 million pounds locally since our inception and establishing a national reputation for an innovative, community-focussed, and strategic approach.

Our aim is to be a catalyst for positive social change in the county by connecting people, ideas, resources and needs to make a lasting difference. We strongly believe that there should be opportunity for all and the lives of the most disadvantaged should be transformed through innovative, community-based solutions.

We are passionate about improving the lives of people in Bedfordshire and Luton and we are known for our ground-breaking initiatives, for our investment in supporting local charities and for our deep relationships with grassroots groups in our area. Our work has been recognised nationally for the impact we have made, but we remain firmly rooted in our communities.

Our top 3 areas of focus are:

1) Poverty & Disadvantage
2)Health, Wellbeing and Serious Illness
3) Stronger Communities
 

Poverty & Disadvantage

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.”

Apply for a grant today

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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Make a donation

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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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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Health, Wellbeing and Serious Illness

Our research has stressed the importance of providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing health, wellbeing or issues surrounding serious illness. As a foundation we look to fund groups and projects which improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding of all aspects of health, and which offer respect and dignity to people in the pursuit of positive solutions.

Find out more about our work here

Stronger Communities

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.

In the news…

Fundraising for Local Women

We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever digital raffle! Tickets cost £5 each or you can purchase 3 for £15 of 6 for £30.
With a £1,000 cash prize for you, or the charity of your choice and many other fabulous prizes, all proceeds will be used to award women in Bedfordshire with a bursary to help them retrain, upskill or start a business. The raffle will be open for 6 weeks, with winners drawn on Wednesday 13th October 2021.

To see the full list of prizes and ticket prices please click here.

Supporting Local Needs

Great to hear from our CEO, Karen Perkins about the focus behind our anniversary raffle and why your donations will make a real difference to working women in our county.
To listen to her explain more and to find out how to buy a raffle ticket please click here

#BLCFCelebrate 


Join Us 

Do you live in Central Bedfordshire or Bedford Borough?
Do you take an active interest in your community and have a real desire to ensure that well-run projects, reaching those most in need locally, get the funding they deserve? If the answers are YES, then we would LOVE to hear from you!

For more information please contact francesca.johnstone@blcf.org.uk or call 01525 306 690.

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