The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation is an award/grant maker supporting local community groups and charities. It encourages philanthropy and its funds come from local businesses and individuals and from national charities and organisations which recognise our skills and local knowledge.

In Memoriam of Mark West:

It was with great sadness that Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation reports the passing of Mark West on Tuesday March 8th 2016.  Mark was the first CEO of the Foundation and held that position for 15 years.  

The Foundation, as it currently exists, is largely of Mark’s making. He had the vision and inspiration, forged vital relationships and secured the funding to enable the Foundation to thrive. He created the Foundation’s awards panels and delivered high standards of service and reporting which our donors valued.  He was instrumental in shaping its form, appointing the staff, building the profile and delivering the business that has created the Foundation’s success within Bedfordshire, before being forced to retire through illness.

The Trustees admired the enthusiasm that was the trademark of his time as CEO. We are deeply grateful for all he contributed and the dedication he showed.  He will be very much missed. 


Geoff Lambert

Chair of Trustees.  Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation.

It is the wish of Mark's widow Sheila, and the Trustees that the Foundation raise funds in Mark's memory, to our new fund: The Mark West Fund, supporting projects centred around the issues of inequality or opportunity that women face in society, renamed from our OWN fund.

This fund will build an endowment, to fund projects in support of Women's issues across Bedfordshire, today and for future years.

Donate in Mark's memory to the Foundation's new fund:


Our Vision

It is the vision of the Foundation to be a catalyst for social change

for the community of Bedfordshire and Luton.

Our Mission

To create a dynamic, professional and financially sustainable

organisation that has a deep understanding of the region and its

needs and to be the natural choice for effective giving in support of

those needs.


Our Aims

To ensure effective giving by the Foundation

To ensure that gifts are effective for the donor.

To support any charitable purpose for the benefit of the community and in

particular the advancement of education, the protection of good health, both mental and physical, and the relief of poverty and sickness.


Join our team


We are seeking a manager to administer our grant making programmes on a short term basis, with the possibility of a longer term contract.


Applicants will need project assessment skills, a good knowledge of the voluntary sector and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. Good IT skills are essential. The job is based in Cardington, but the successful applicant will also have to travel to Luton and the surrounding areas. We will happily consider this role on a part-time / job share basis.

Please see the job description for the role here: Awards Manager Job Description

Please apply by sending a full CV to



Anyone can help our work through our most current appeals

To make a donation to these projects,

go to:  or please

contact us for more details.

Surviving Winter - helping those in fuel poverty

The Mark West fund for Women in Bedfordshire

See the separate page on our web site to see how we are supporting women and girls through our Opportunities for Women Now appeal.
High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards Nominations

Download, complete and return the nomination form,

click this link:High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards

Shine a Light  

Our national body, UK Community Foundations

has launched its new report developed

to understand the role of community in

modern society and its connection to

charitable giving. To read the report,

click here

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