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.



Join our team

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation
Awards Manager (Full time or 4 days a week)


Salary upto £24,402 per annum (pro rata for 4 days a week ) + 5% pension.

The Foundation administers funding and provides grants to locally based charities and voluntary groups. We are seeking an additional awards manager to support our grant funding by scrutinising applications, monitoring successful projects and preparing information and papers for our grants panels.

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 as we have just implemented a new grants management system. The job is based in Cardington but the successful applicant will also have to travel to Luton and the surrounding areas.

A full job description can be found below:

Full time Awards Manager

Please apply by sending a full CV and covering letter to Call 01234-834930 for any queries.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 13th April 2017


In Memoriam


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Jonathan Siegler the Foundations Development Manager.  Jonathan had been ill for some months but his death comes as a shock to all of us. He joined us to support the assessing of grant applications and in 2015 took up a new post as Development Manager.   The Chair, Trustees and staff offer their condolences to his family.

Messages or cards of condolence can be sent to the office address where they will be passed on to Jonathan’s family.


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 2017

Please note that the closing date for nominations is: 24th February, 2017

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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