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Grants for financial assistance

We provide these grants for financial assistance:

  • small grants of up to £1,000 through the Community Chest fund.
  • the House of Industry Estate makes grants to third sector organisations and voluntary and community groups that assist residents in need, hardship or distress
  • Rural Grants scheme which provides grants to assist with funding capital expenditure projects by rural organisations

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.

Email electronic copies of supporting documents to accompany a Community Chest application to colin.ross@bedford.gov.uk. Please read the guidance notes for Community Chest before applying:

Community Chest Fund application

The House of Industry Estate

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. Grants are for voluntary, community and charitable organisations. Please make sure you are eligible to apply by reading the House of Industry Estate guidelines (PDF) before you apply. Email electronic copies of supporting documents to accompany a House of Industry Estate application to Community.Welfare@bedford.gov.uk or phone 01234 718074.

House of Industry Estate fund application

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. For more information phone 01234 718074.

Rural Grants Scheme application


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
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Email: Community.Welfare@bedford.gov.uk
Tel: 01234 276814

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