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 committed to grantmaking that 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…

Join Our Team!

BLCF is a leading local grantmaker, striving to be a catalyst for positive change in the community. The Foundation distributes millions of pounds locally each year and is establishing a national reputation for our innovative, community-focused and strategic approach. We are seeking a P/T Grants & Programmes Manager, (£23K pro rata) to join our expanding team to help support the Foundation with its funding programmes and other initiatives.

The deadline to apply has been extended until Friday 30th April, for full details please click here.

Clubs in Crisis Fund

As grassroots sport once again begins its phased return across the UK, it is now essential we use the power of sport to build back better for our young people, who have been blighted by this pandemic.
We believe sport is a vital tool to help young people develop and overcome social issues such as mental health, fight crime and anti-social behaviour, increase employment skills and pathways and to bring communities together.

From 12 April, the Made By Sport #ClubsInCrisis fund, supported by the Cash4Clubs scheme, will open to funding applications from community sports clubs and organisations across the UK.

Learn more here.

#ChooseToChallenge

At BLCF we're proud to have diverse female trustees and employees. We thrive on providing space for individuals to develop and progress, whilst living by our values and celebrating success together.
This #internationalwomensday2021 we #ChooseToChallenge the provision of resources for voluntary organisations which support women in the county and plan to relaunch our Evolve initiative later this year to provide a safe space for intelligent and purposeful conversations between local women striving to do more to achieve gender equality.

To learn more, please click here.

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