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Celebrating 20 Years of Local Grantmaking

This week sees BLCF celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a charity in Bedfordshire. Set up by Geoffrey Farr MBE, DL, together with the Bishop of Bedford and the then Lord Lieutenant, Sir Sam Whitbread the Community Foundation's original purpose was to help smaller charitable organisations to secure much needed funding, to help serve their local neighbourhoods. 

In a statement from the current Chair of Trustees, Viviane Vayssieres said:

"20 Years ago this May, BLCF was accredited as a public charity. Born from three men’s vision to alleviate poverty and sustain local charities, while primarily facilitating and pooling donations channelled to address community needs and support local non-profits.

Indeed, during the last two decades BLCF has delivered grants, practical support and vital training to numerous charities, as well as gathering intelligence to assess essentials needs within the diverse county of Bedfordshire.

During the next seven months we shall look at BLCF's journey across the last twenty years,  with contributions from donors, patrons, grantees, volunteers, staff and trustees. We shall celebrate this milestone in our history, by bringing together the people who have worked tirelessly to help the Foundation grow and develop into the great organisation it is today

Read the full Press Release on our anniversary page HERE.


Nationwide Coronavirus Appeal Raises Nearly £100million and Supports More Than 120 Community Projects in Bedfordshire

Charities and groups across Bedfordshire and Luton have changed thousands of people’s lives, says National Emergencies Trust Chair, Lord Richard Dannatt

An emergency Coronavirus Appeal backed by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has raised nearly £100million for UK charities since it launched a year ago, and more than £920,000 of this has reached grassroots charities and groups in Bedfordshire and Luton.

The National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, which launched in March 2020, has raised donations for people affected by the pandemic and £94million of this has already funded 13,000+ charitable projects across the four nations.

In Bedfordshire and Luton, 174 grassroots charities and groups have received grants from the Coronavirus Appeal through BLCF to enable them to respond to urgent needs created by the pandemic.

Download the full Press release HERE.


BLCF announces new senior appointments

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Viviane Vayssieres, FCIM, as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Viviane has served as a board member for the past 3 years and has been a Marketing Consultant at Paule Rochelle since 2009.
We are also delighted to welcome Karen Perkins as our new CEO. Karen moves to the Foundation after 16 years with the Culture Trust, Luton and is a passionate advocate for partnership working and collaboration.  

Read the announcement HERE.