The Small Charities Forum

The Small Charities forum is part of Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundations developing Grants+ work, which was launched at the end of 2017.

The forum was established to help small grassroots groups build partnerships, network and enable peer support, as well as giving access to free training and workshops. One of the main aims of the forum is also to help upskill and develop organisations and their team, who may have limited access to training and funds, to ensure future sustainability.

The forum is specifically targeted to those groups with an income of under £500,000, with priority given to those very small organisations.

We work with a number of key support organisations to deliver quality workshops and sessions to various not-for-profit groups, past topics have included;


  • Social Media & building a digital marketing plan (Google Digital)
  • Fundraising
  • Small Charities Coalition
  • Volunteers (how to recruit and retain)
  • Applying for funding (Arts Council)
  • Financial Management
  • Impact and Evaluation

We hold 4 events each year, dependent upon venue availability and staff capacity. Forums are usually operated on a free basis for those attending or are heavily subsidised.

Interested in joining the Forum?

To join our email list which notifies groups when forums are taking place, email: administrator@blcf.org.uk