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Grants for financial assistance

Financial assistance to voluntary groups, community groups, and charitable organisations from 2018/19

The Council no longer provides general grant funding for third sector organisations or voluntary and community groups, other than small grants of up to £1,000 through the Community Chest fund.

The Council is the trustee of a charitable trust, the House of Industry Estate, and this trust has funding available each year to make grants to third sector organisations and voluntary and community groups that assist Borough residents in need, hardship or distress..

There is a Rural Grants scheme which provides grants to assist with funding capital expenditure projects by rural organisations. Funding for rural grants will continue, however, the criteria for awards was revised from February 2016.

Please see below for more information on how to apply.

Community Chest, The House of Industry and Rural Grants Scheme

Guidance for Completion of Application Forms Online

Please click on the link below for the online form required. Once you have completed the form and clicked the "Submit" button a PDF version of the form will be displayed for you to print or save. A copy will also be sent to you (within 24 hours) via the email address you have entered into the form. It is important that you provide a valid email address in the email field on the form.

To open the PDF file you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

Please print off the PDF form, sign it and return with the relevant documentation to the following address:

The Community Welfare Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell St
MK42 9AP

Please note that that each individual form will be displayed/emailed separately, but they are required to be gathered together and sent in as one application.

On each form you are able to save a partially completed form to be completed at a later date (no more than 10 working days). If you click Save during completion of the form you will be asked for an email address to enable you to re-access this form at a later date. You must have completed the first section for this function to be available. You will then be sent an email with a direct link to the partially completed form.

If you have any problems accessing your saved form or any other problems with the form, you should contact contact the Council:

Bedford Borough Council
CWT, Room 215
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 276814

Guidance for applications

1. Community Chest Fund

Financial assistance of up to £1,000 is available to applicants throughout the year subject to funds being available. Please read the criteria on the application form to ensure that you are eligible to apply.

Electronic copies of supporting documents to accompany a Community Chest Application Form can be emailed to (01234 718074)

2. The House of Industry Estate - voluntary, community and charitable organisations

The House of Industry Estate is a charitable trust which is administered by the Council. Assistance is available to applicants throughout the year subject to funds being available. 

Electronic copies of supporting documents to accompany a House of Industry Estate application can be emailed to

3. Rural Grants Scheme

Applications for funding are invited from rural organisations or rural Parish Councils for capital expenditure. Applications can be submitted at any time, although they are normally considered by the Rural Affairs Committee three times a year, subject to funds being available. Please also note that all applications must be submitted through the relevant Parish Council. Please read through the criteria on the application form to ensure that you are eligible to apply.

Contact Community Welfare 

Tel: 01234 718074

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