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Grant Funding Information

Pound signWe have put together a list of potential grant funding opportunities for community and voluntary groups.  This list is for you or your group to use to access organisations who may be able to assist with funding for activities and/or projects which your group is involved in or would like to establish.

Financial Assistance from Bedford Borough Council

Community Chest Fund

Financial assistance of up to £1,000 is available throughout the year, subject to funds being available.  For more information please follow the link -   Community Chest Fund

House of Industry

Requests for financial assistance are considered on an annual basis and the deadline for receipt of applications is the 31st October in any year.  It is practice, however, to retain a small sum to enable grants to be considered throughout the year.   To check if you are eligible to apply please follow the link -  House of Industry

Members' Ward Fund

Ward Funds are intended to provide ward councillors with a flexible resource with which to address specific local priorities and can be used to help one off projects; contributions to celebration events; start up costs for a new group or organisation for instance.  For more information please follow this link.     


Rural Grants Scheme
Applications for funding are invited from rural organisations or rural Parish Councils and can be submitted at any time, although they are normally considered by the Rural Affairs Committee three times a year, in April, September and January, subject to funds being available. Applications must be submitted by the relevant Parish Council.  For more information please follow this link - Rural Grants Scheme 

Youth Innovation Fund

The Youth Innovation Fund is a local initiative that offers Parish Councils, community groups and voluntary / not for profit organisations the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £3000 to start up, improve, or expand sustainable youth provision for 13-19 year olds in Bedford Borough (13-25 for young people with disabilities). 

For more information and to access the application form please follow this link - Youth Innovation Fund


Financial Assistance from other organisations

Awards for All (England)

You can apply to Awards for All if you are a community group, not for profit group, Parish or Town Council, health body or school.  Grants of between £300 and £10,000 can be applied for to fund a specific project or activity.  If you want to find out more, please follow the link - Awards for All (England)

Big Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities

The Reaching Communities programme is open to registered charities, charitable or not for profit companies, statutory bodies and social enterprises.  It funds projects that help people and communities most in need and the projects can be new, existing or be the core work of your organisation.  For more information, please follow the link - Reaching Communities - England

Charity Bank

Charity Bank can provide charity loan funding from £50,000 up to £1 million. They invest in organisations that have a social purpose including community groups, registered charities and social enterprises.  For further information, follow this link - Charity Bank

Community Voluntary Service (CVS)     

CVS has a page dedicated to Funding Advice.  The page features a number of useful workshops for those seeking funding, lists of local, regional and national funders and much more.  To access the page, please follow the link - CVS Funding Information


Community Games

Grants of up to £250 are available to run Community Events. Only 3 basic eligibility criteria need to be met. There must be an opening and/or closing event, a sporting component and finally there must be an arts component.  What else you do as part of of your event, is up to you!  So from wheelbarrow races to Zumba, cooking to photography.  How you run your games is up to you!  To find out more, follow this link - Community Games

Co-operative Community Fund

Applications to this fund are accepted from community, voluntary and self-help groups.  Grants from £100 to £2,000 are available for anything from equipment to event costs. For information follow this link - Co-op Community Fund


The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independant grant-making charity and company limited by guarantee.  The Trust currently supports a wide range of activities in the categories of Youth Opportunities; General Welfare; Conservation and Preservation. To find out more information, about the grants available, please follow this link - The Dulverton Trust


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation funds the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.  Grants are available towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. For further information follow this link - Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Foundation East

Foundation East provides loans of up to £50,000 to enterprises based in Eastern England, who have been unable to obtain funding from traditional sources.  Foundation East is also a delivery partner for the 'Start Up Loans for Young People' initiative, offering young entrepreneurs a loan, together with free business mentoring.  For more information follow this link - Foundation East


Funding Central

A free website for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.  The site provides access to thousands of funding opportunities and much more. For more information follow this link - Funding Central 


Harpur Trust

Harpur Trust supports the community by giving grants to local projects in the Borough of Bedford.  To see if your project is within their area of benefit and you could apply for one of their grants at this link - Harpur Trust


Jobcentre Plus Flexible Support Grant

This fund awards funding to local 'partnerships' who are seeking grants to finance innovative projects that will help to get people back into work.  To find out more details follow the link - Flexible Support Grant


Panacea Society

The aim of this fund is to provide grants for projects run by community groups based in, or working for, the benefit of people in the town of Bedford.  To find out more, please follow the link - Panacea Society


Removing Barriers to Volunteering

The aim of this fund is to provide financial support to community groups to help them recruit, retain and train volunteers to work with them in improving the lives of people in Bedford Borough.  For more information follow this link - Removing Barriers to Volunteering


Santander Foundation

Santander Foundation provides one-off grants to organisations with charitable status for their work in the UK.  There are two grants programme, both focus on benefiting disadvantaged people and have no deadlines.  For more information follow this link - Santander Foundation


Team BEDS & LUTON is a County Sports Partnership (CSP) committed to working to increase participation in sport and physical activity across the sporting landscape.  The following funding streams are available:

Sport England

Sport England provide grant funding opportunities for Sports Clubs, Voluntary/Community Groups, schools, colleges and others for projects that fall within one or more of their key strategic aims for development of their approved sports throughout England.  For further information follow this link - Sport England Funding


Sportivate is a £32 million National Lottery funded programme and is a key strand in Sport England’s ‘Places, People, Play’ 2012 mass participation legacy programme. The overall aim of the programme is for 300,000 participants aged 14-25 years to complete a short, introductory course of activity with at least 120,000 (2 in 5) choosing to continue afterwards.  Sportivate will attempt to change habits and get more young people doing regular sporting activity. To find out more, follow this link - Sportivate


The AdAll Fund

This fund awards up to £5,000 for projects that support people with learning or physical difficulties and their families.  Projects that include an element of advocacy are encouraged and will have a greater chance of success.  To find out more, follow this link - The AdAll Fund


Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust supports voluntary and community groups working in the UK.  It helps smaller, community-led groups which support people who are at the margins of society.  For more information follow the link - Tudor Trust


Wixamtree Trust

The Trust makes grants to charitable bodies at the discretion of the Trustees. They focus most of their support on organisations based in Bedfordshire or projects that benefit the people of that county. For more information, please follow this link - Wixamtree Trust


Who can help with making Funding Applications?

Support for Voluntary Organisations, Community Groups, Charities and Social Enterprises

The Voluntary Works Consortium can provide advice and guidance on how to find funding opportunities for your group and offers support in developing the governance of your organisation, including governing documents, policies, HR issues etc. It can also help with linking potential volunteers with vacancies in your organisation.  Contact fundingadvice@voluntaryworks.org  development@voluntaryworks.org or volunteering@voluntaryworks.org


For Information and Advice on Funding for Sports Projects

team BEDS&LUTON provide advice and guidance with funding applications that relate to the development of sport and physical activity across Bedfordshire and Luton.  This work focuses on funding streams available through Sport England.  Contact Graham Simpson on 01582 813760 or graham@teambedsandluton.co.uk


For Information and Advice on Funding for Environmental Projects

Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is an environmental charity that works alongside the community to transform places and lives.  Its work is funded from a wide variety of sources and Groundwork works in partnership with local groups, organisations and schools to apply for grants and other funding in order to undertake joint projects.  If Groundwork is involved in delivering a project there will be no charge to partner organisations for preparing funding applications.  Contact Groundwork on 01582 720147 or lutonandbedfordshire@groundwork.org.uk

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