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

go
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.

go
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

go

“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…

BLCF are recruiting!

Looking for something new?
We have extended our recruitment for an Administrator to join our growing team. This role is now being offered as full or part-time with a minimum requirement of 25 hours.
If you have strong administrative, database and communication skills and want a varied role which involves a wide range of office support activities at one of the UK's leading community foundations... then we want to hear form YOU!
Applications close at noon on Tuesday 11th August, with interviews due to take place on Wednesday 19th August.

Read more 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.

NET Coronavirus Programme

This funding programme is administered by the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) on behalf of the National Emergencies Trust and the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS). Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000* can be considered for organisations based in Bedfordshire. 

To see if your organisation is eligible please read the full criteria document here, or view the application form