This fund is currently closed and will reopen early 2024. In the meanwhile, please sign up to our newsletter here for more updates, or get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential application [email protected].

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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 – £2000 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 £2000-£9999 for more substantial activity lasting up to one year of delivery (until May 2024). Please read the criteria for the main grants here.

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The main objectives for this fund are:

    • The advancement of health, wellbeing and saving of lives
    • 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 Leaver on 01525 306 690 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to help.