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The Frank Branston Fund

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation are proud to have been chosen by the Frank Branston Charitable Trust to manage the Frank Branston Fund, for charitable award making to charities and community groups improving the lives of residents of Bedfordshire.

Learn more about FBCT here 


The Frank Branston Charitable Trust (FBCT) was set up in memory of Frank Branston, newspaper proprietor and Bedford’s first elected mayor, who died in 2009. Through his work as a newspaper proprietor and later as mayor, Frank gave voice to and supported many local organisations. The Frank Branston Charitable Trust was set up by his family to continue supporting the Bedfordshire community he cared so much about.

Their mission is to provide financial support to organisations that directly benefit Bedfordshire residents, across a wide range of activities.

There are two grant levels available for this fund.

Micro grants between the value of £500 – £2,000 are available for smaller interventions and shorter projects or activities.  Please read the criteria for the micro grants here.

Main grants between the value of £2,000-£10,000 for more substantial activity lasting up to one year of delivery (until June 2025). Please read the criteria for the main grants here.

Deadline date for applications: 8th March 2024 (midday)

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The main objectives for this fund are:

    • The advancement of health, saving of lives, and support of care needs in the community
    • Supporting arts, culture and heritage within the community
    • The alleviation of poverty
    • Access to education and training

Applicants applying for this fund will need to demonstrate that their project meets one or more of the themes outlined above. If you have any questions or are unsure if your project fits the criteria, please call Rae Rahman on 01525 306 690 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to help.