About Us

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) is the leading local grantmaker in the county. 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.

5

Million In Grants Given Out

315

Applications Received

247

Grants Awarded

185

Thousand Beneficiaries

LOCAL FOCUS. LASTING CHANGE.

Our Priority Areas of Need

The communities of Bedfordshire face challenges to their daily lives due to the impact of post Covid-19 economic recovery and Long Covid’s impact on health, education, employment, and economic growth.
A skills shortage exists, and although some areas see high employment, the quality of that employment is below average, forcing many to take multiple roles to cover basic needs.

Our new priority needs will address overarching themes and in turn interconnected themes:

LOCAL FOCUS. LASTING CHANGE

Eradicate Poverty in our County

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

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 on the link below.

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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PRIORITY AREAS OF NEED

Create a Healthy Bedfordshire

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.
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PRIORITY AREAS OF NEED

Grow 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.
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Working Through The Pandemic

Since the first National lockdown we have undergone 20 months of turbulence, uncertainty and insecurity for the voluntary sector and other sectors, the likes of which we have never experienced before. Our Foundation, like so many other charities, experienced a surge in demand for our services to help plug the

Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Arts Council England ‘Let’s Create’ Jubilee Fund Made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the ‘Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’ has been administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of Arts Council England. The programme has enabled voluntary and community organisations to develop creative and cultural events to celebrate Her Majesty

NEW 2022-2027 Strategic Plan

We deliver our work in the strategic context of our partners, funders, and stakeholders. Through a clearly mapped delivery plan we ensure we align, deliver, and have impact, adding to the landscape of support and not duplicating, and measuring that work through clear agreed deliverables and targets. Read more on