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.


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.



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Join our Panel


Do something amazing and join our Board of Trustees.

BLCF is actively seeking new Trustees for the Board to help with the management and governance of the Charity. The role requires hands on professionals who understand the financial, regulatory or voluntary sector background within which the Foundation operates in. We would also encourage applications from BME communities, to better reflect the diversity of communities we serve.  

If you are interested, please email for a recruitment pack which must be completed and returned by  30th June 2017

Can you spot a good voluntary project and help make charitable funding decisions?


Residents living in communities in Bedfordshire and Luton are invited to join our Panel of local community workers to make decisions on the distribution of charitable funding. We would like to hear from people who are involved with the voluntary sector and who are interested in joining the panel, so that we can draw on their local knowledge to help us ensure that funding is directed to where it is needed most.

The Foundation receives funds from national organisations such as Comic Relief as well as local companies such as London Luton Airport Limited and Whitbread – tough decisions then have to be made as to where this money should be spent and this is where the Grantmaking Panel is vital. This Panel is drawn up of local people who have worked within the voluntary sector and have experience of managing projects and understand funding priorities.

This is a voluntary role and involves attending a meeting at 1pm approximately every two months in Luton. There are also applications to be read beforehand.

If you are interested in joining this panel please email for a copy of the application form or call us on 01234 834930



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

Mark West, the former Chief Executive of the Foundation sadly passed away in March 2016. 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


To Apply for the fund go to:

High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards Nominations

Download, complete and return the nomination form,

click this link: High Sheriff's Citizenship Awards 2018

Please note that the closing date for nominations is: 31st January, 2018

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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