BLCF 2001-2021 – Twenty Years of Supporting our Community

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation has impacted thousands of lives over its 20 year history, and we couldn’t have done it without the individuals and funders who support our causes, initiatives, and campaigns.

Our work is vital for transforming communities across Bedfordshire and Luton; whether it’s addressing food, fuel and digital poverty, mental health and inequality or combating isolation.

In the last year we distributed over £4.7m to almost 300 small charities who in turn have had an impact on 260,00 individuals. A year ago, we rapidly set up a new fund which distributed essential emergency COVID funding, alongside advice and guidance to struggling community groups.

Now, as we move out of the pandemic, we must respond to the longer lasting need. We are actively seeking supportive relationships with local businesses with a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Working with us to support the survival of the crucial efforts of our charity sector will provide critical provision for those at most risk and grow new optimism in our communities.

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We are members of the UK Community Foundations Network (UKCF), an organisation for the 46 accredited community foundations across the country who share a commitment to making a difference to people’s lives and the places they serve.

UKCF champion local philanthropy at a national level by promoting the work of their members with government and other national stakeholders. 

As a collective body we have awarded over £1 billion in grants to charities, community groups and individuals.