Luton Citizen's Fund

The Luton Citizen’s Fund is administered by the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation (BLCF), on behalf of Luton Council (LBC).

The fund observes the principles of Participatory Budgeting (PB). PB is a form of citizen participation in which citizens are involved in the process of deciding how public money is spent. Although frameworks vary from region to region, the process of democratic deliberation and decision-making is at the core of its design. Approximately £360k will be awarded across the town.

Awards up to £3,500 can be considered for organisations working to address good Mental Health and Wellbeing, Violence and Crime Reduction, and new projects/ ideas in Luton.  

For grants of £1000 or under,
the community and councillor panel will review these, with the decision-making events ratifying the outcomes. Those in receipt of grants for £1000 and under will not need to present at the decision days but will still need to attend to be eligible for the funding.

All eligible organisations serving communities experiencing racial inequity and who are also lead by members of those communities,  will be fast tracked through to the PB event days.  


Each of the 19 Wards in Luton will be split into 1 of 5 Areas, as outlined below:

  • Central: Barnfield, Biscot, High Town, and Saints
  • North: Bramingham, Icknield, Limbury, Northwell, and Sundon Park
  • East: Crawley, Round Green, Stopsley, and Wigmore
  • South: Dallow, Farley, and South
  • West: Challney, Leagrave, and Lewsey

A representative of your group must be able to present at the area PB day you are applying for. Failure to do so will constitute removal from the process.  PB decision days will take place on:

  • Saturday 15th January 2022              Central Luton
  • Saturday 22nd January 2022             South and North Luton
  • Saturday 29th January 2022              East and West Luton

The Luton Citizen’s Fund has 3 key thematic areas for 2021/22 which organisations can apply to:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

This funding is part of a Public Health England grant to support in the prevention of mental health crisis and all round good mental health.

  • Violence and Crime Reduction

This funding is from the Office of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner/VERU to support voluntary organisations who are empowering young people to seek positive change.

  • Contain Outbreak Management Fund

This funding is from the Coronavirus Outbreak Management Fund to support for voluntary and charitable organisations experiencing a rise in demand for their services, and in particular, funding innovative or new projects.

Please read the guidance and criteria for this fund before starting an application. A copy of this can be found HERE

To access the online application form please click HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 21st November 2021 23:59