Grants 6 April 2017 to 5 April 2018

Organisations supported during the period 6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016 are listed below  the latest grants list can be seen here.


Care & Treatment

Action for ME – Support Programme for Bedfordshire People

Beds & Northants Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre – Centre Refurbishment Costs

Bliss – The National Charity for the Newborn – Development of Bliss Family Support program in Bedfordshire.

British Epilepsy Association – Helpline Service

Child Brain Injury Trust – To support children and young people with acquired brain injuries.

CLIC Sargent – Care Grants for Bedfordshire Families

Huntington’s Disease Association – Funding towards the Specialist Huntington’s Disease Adviser – Helen Santini (Covering Herts, Bucks and Beds).

Macmillan Cancer Support – Support for the Macmillan Grants Programme in Bedfordshire.

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust – Cost of delivering the programme in Cambridge to people affected by cancer.

Marie Curie Cancer Care – Request for £10,000 towards the cost of a Specialist Nurse in Bedfordshire.

Meningitis Now – Community Support Officer for Bedfordshire Costs

Motor Neurone Disease Association – Currently supporting 36 people living with MND in Bedfordshire. A grant of £5,000 would fund our work in Bedfordshire for four months.

Multiple Sclerosis Trust – Way Ahead: Supporting MS Specialist Nurses.

National Osteoporosis Society – Bedfordshire Information and Support Service

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – Equipment Grant Programme for Disabled Bedfordshire Children

PBC Foundation – Self-Management Workshop in Bedford

Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness (React) – Provision of Essential Equipment to Terminally Ill Children living in Low Income Families in Bedfordshire.

Shine – Support and Development Service for Bedfordshire

Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases – MPS Society’s Advocacy Support Programme in Bedfordshire

St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy – Core Cost

Sue Ryder – Family Bereavement Support Project at St John’s Hospice, Bedford

Teenage Cancer Trust – Support for the Youth Empowerment Programme.


Highland Hospice – Project Build Appeal

Keech Hospice Care – Funding towards ongoing core costs, that can be used across the full range of hospice services.


Bedford Hospitals Charity – Support for current Appeal, called Challenge Cancer.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund – Home from Home Project

Nursing Homes

Elizabeth Finn Care – Tackling Poverty and Transforming Lives in Bedfordshire

Nursing & Help

East Anglian Air Ambulance – New Base at Cambridge Airport

Medical Detection Dogs – Provision of a dog to a Young Person living in Bedfordshire

St John Ambulance – Appeal for ten subsidised, three hour Essential First Aid (Child and Infant) courses, to parents and carers within Bedfordshire.

Medical & Help Other

Actionplus Foundation – UK – Support to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and increasing the availability of testing.


Benevolent Organisations

SSAFA Forces Help – Support veterans, serving personnel and their families in Bedfordshire.

Housing & Homeless

BECHAR (Bedford Concern for the Homeless and Rootless) – Support towards the costs of one support worker for a 12 months.

Fordham Memorial Homes – Replacement Windows

King’s Arms Project (Bedford) – Core Costs

Mary Seacole Housing Association Limited – Start Up Packs for Young People

Children & Youth

10th Ampthill and Woburn (Toddington) Scout Group – Funds to provide Disabled Access.

1st Langford Scout Group – Refurbishment project of Scout hut, now requesting support towards new roof.

Bangladesh Youth League – Support and development for local women, aiming to build their skills, improve their confidence and reduce the barriers they face to accessing services, training and employment.

Barnardo’s – Leaving Care Service in Luton and Milton Keynes

Crescent Summer School Project – 2015 Activities

Dunstable Air Cadets – Musical Band Project

Farms for City Children – Support for some of the 36 children from Milton Keynes who will be staying at the farm this season.

Fun 4 Young People (No longer active – amalgamated with YMCA Bedfordshire) – Arts and Sports Summer Holiday Activity Programme

Happy Days Children’s Charity – Day trips for children aged 3 – 17 from Bedfordshire

Mitalee Youth Association – Recruitment and Training of New Volunteers

Prince’s Trust – Bedfordshire programme.

Tall Ships Youth Trust – Contribution to enable 3 young people from Bedfordshire to participate on a voyage

UpRising Leadership – Leadership Programme in Bedfordshire

Young People of the Year Volunteer Board (YOPEY) – 2015 Bedfordshire Awards.

Youthscape – Luton Churches Education Trust Project


Age UK Bedfordshire – To contribute to Age UK Bedfordshire’s Information and Advice service and enable maintaining their Welfare Service charges at current levels.

Bedford Guild House – Support of a programme of daily activities, designed to meet the needs of the service users, including eight art classes, one creative writing class and many more.

Oakley Rural Day Care Centre – Core Costs

Community Development

ACCM (UK) – Provide employment and volunteering skills and information to empower minority women.

ASR Community Ltd – Summer Scheme

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau – Staffing Costs

Bedfordshire African Community Centre – Grant to provide training courses and employment support for local unemployed people from the African communities living in Luton.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity – Supporting the preservation and heritage of The Greensand Ridge.

Cardington PCC

Church of the Transfiguration, Kempston – Garden of Remembrance Project

Dunstable & District Citizens Advice Bureau – Administrator Post

Elstow PCC

Leighton Linslade and District Citizens Advice Bureau – Money Advice Casework Service

Luton Irish Forum – Welfare Service

Mid Bedfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau – To contribute towards and outreach home visiting service to provide advice to isolated, immobile service users.

Need Project Central Bedfordshire – Project Leader’s Costs

New Covenant Church – Training Courses

NOAH Enterprise – Continued support of the Canteen.

ReUse Centre Limited – Chief Officer’s Salary Costs

Royal Voluntary Service – Funding towards our Bedfordshire hub which provides Good Neighbours ‘befriending’ support and the provision of lunch and social clubs to help reduce isolation.

Safer Luton Partnership – Staying Safe Project

Sharnbrook Village Hall Management Committee – Refurbishment Project

Southill PCC

St Michael’s Church, Bedford

Stopsley Baptist Church – GreenHouse Mentoring Service

The Counselling Foundation – Support to undertake much-needed repairs and upgrading of the Luton Centre.

UNIKA – Supporting young girls and women aged between 12 and 55 within the Bedfordshire area.

Disabled Groups

Autism Bedfordshire – 2015 Summer Activity Programme

Calibre Audio Library – Audio Book Library Service to Bedfordshire People

Deafblind UK – Bedfordshire Members’ Costs

Families United Network (FUN) – Funds towards the cost of the refurbishment of a new Centre of Excellence.

Friendship Link & Action Group (FLAG) – Salary costs of an administrator.

KIDS – Short Breaks for Bedfordshire Children

Kids in Action – Multimedia Room

Listening Books – Membership for new and existing people living in Bedfordshire

Luton Shopmobility – Core Costs

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People – Support for the Arts educational programme.

Rett UK – Telephone & Electronic Support Services

Revitalise – Respite Breaks for 6 Disabled People rom Bedfordshire

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) – Request for Trustees to continue their support towards the Talking Book service supporting RNIB members in Bedfordshire.

Scope – Request for support for Scope’s information and outreach support service in Bedfordshire.

Special Needs Out Of School Club in Beds (SNOOSC) – SNOOSC wish to extend their out of school provision for children with disabilities.

Tibbs Dementia Foundation – Part-time Outreach Worker Costs

Whizz Kidz – To contribute towards the cost of mobility equipment for disabled children in Bedfordshire, giving them their independence and freedom.

YoungMinds Trust – Parents Helpline

Family Life & Moral Welfare

Bedford Samaritans – Towards running costs.

Child Bereavement UK – To significantly expand its support to bereaved families in Milton Keynes during 2015/16, especially to deprived families.

Children with Cystic Fibrosis Dream Holidays – Respite Break for a Bedfordshire Family

Dignity for Women (Luton) – Supporting the work of Azalea, working closely with women who are suffering, from deprivation, poverty, abuse, are ex-offenders etc.

Families First Bedfordshire – New Website

Family Action – Further support towards the costs of an Associate Director of Services and Innovation (eastern region).

Family and Children’s Early-help Services (FACES) – Chief Executive’s Salary Costs

Friends of CHUMS – Trauma Service

Gingerbread – Peer Support Network in Bedfordshire

Missing People – Request a grant to contribute towards supporting families of missing people in Bedfordshire.

No Way Trust – Crime & Safety Awareness Days in Bedfordshire Schools

Ormiston Children and Families Trust – Breaking Barriers involves one practitioner delivering community based, solution focused, 1:1 support to Bedfordshire children who have a parent in prison.

Prison Fellowship – Sycamore Tree Programme at HMP The Mount

Road Victims Trust – Seeking funding to provide counselling and emotional support to up to 90 people bereaved through road collisions in Bedfordshire in the next year.

Salvation Army – Debt Advice Service in Bedford

Yarl’s Wood Befrienders – Support for the detainees at Yarl’s Wood.

Social Welfare Other

Bedfordshire Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) – General Running Costs

Midshires Search and Rescue Organisation – Funds to purchase a replacement Incident Control Vehicle.

Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) – Internet Safety Sessions for children.


Colleges & Universities

Eton College – The MFW Bursary Fund


Ridgeway School Association – External Canopy

Education Other

First Give – Bedfordshire Secondary Schools Programme

Level Trust – Level Chance Project

Royal Institution of Great Britain – Support for Masterclasses in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science in Bedfordshire.

Schoolreaders – Aiming to support 1,000 children each week in Bedfordshire with reading volunteers to improve children’s literacy in the community.


Art & Art Galleries

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery – Turner exhibition.

Living Paintings Trust – Bedfordshire Library Service

Dance & Music

Bedfordshire Orchestral Society – To improve audience revenues at concerts to enable long term, to break even. The Society wishes to improve its marketing to the Town’s schools in particular.

Leighton Buzzard Music Club – Assistance for two concerts of their four remaining in the second half of the current season.

Live Music Now! – Funding for a continued programme of interactive live music performances and workshops which are planned between February and October 2016.

Luton Music Club – Funding towards annual series of 20 top quality small-scale classical concerts, mainly chamber and instrumental music for the public of Luton and the surrounding district.

Music First – This application is to support the musical education of disadvantaged children in Islington.

Music24 Ltd. – Continue to provide a Community Music Therapy Support service for people living with Dementia.

Drama & Theatre

Bedford Players Trust – Support to increase the capacity of the organisation, making these professional events more sustainable by achieving better audiences,

Full House Theatre Company – Full House Theatre Company is a Bedfordshire based arts charity; they are requesting a contribution to their core costs.

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust – New Heating and Ventilating System

Sparx Theatre Company – Funds towards theatre workshops and the costs of putting on a show.

Festivals & Carnivals

Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama – Support to extend the range of classes available to the wider community.

Luton Carnival Arts Development Trust – Young People’s Programme

Shakespeare Schools Festival – Participation by 12 Bedfordshire Schools

Museums & Libraries

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Printing and distribution costs for Volume 94 Bedford’s Musical Society.

Hitchin British Schools Trust – Seeking funding to extend the ‘Wixamtree Internship’ for a further year.

Trustees of Bunyan Meeting (Bedford) – Support for the position of Curator of the John Bunyan Museum & Library, Bedford.

The Arts Other

Create [Legal name: Create (Arts) Limited] – Funding towards project that uses creative arts to enable offenders at the The Mount Prison to develop stronger relationships with their families, as well as literacy, communication and teamwork skills – ultimately aiding the rehabilitation process.

Sing London – Support for an education outreach programme to accompany Talking Statues Bedford.


Animal & Bird Life

Animal Health Trust – Support to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illness and disease in animals.

Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue – Veterinary Kennels

Historic Buildings & Churches

Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust – 2015/16 Bedfordshire Churches Grants, Endowment Fund and Bike ‘n Hike event Sponsorship

St Albans Cathedral Trust – Contribute towards a programme of improvements at the Cathedral aimed at increasing visitor numbers and improving revenue.

St Paul’s Church Bedford Parochial Church Council – Support towards the Pastoral Assistant (PA) position, time limited part funding for one year.

Urban Preservation

Groundwork Hertfordshire – Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire Greening-Up Project

Rural Preservation

Conservation Volunteers – Support for 50 people from Bedfordshire throughout the 2015/2016 financial year, on a programme of regular practical conservation projects.

Greensand Trust – Support to provide a new boardwalk; crucial to ensure rare and fragile habitats are protected while improving access for everyone, including the less able.

Environment & Conservation Other

Bedford Architectural Archaeological and Local History Society – Elstow Abbey Excavations 1965-1972 Project

Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Twenty Project

Houghton Regis Horticultural Society – Replacement Laptop

Sustrans – Bike It and Active Families in Bedford Project


Fauna & Flora International – Whitbread Scholarship for an MPhil in Conservation Leadership and Capacity building for Conservation Network


Disabled Groups

Bedford and District Handicapped Riders Association – Replacement of Indoor Riding Surface.


Bedford Cricket Club – Purchase of roll on covers to improve provision of cricket at Bedford Cricket Club.

Chess in Schools and Communities – An innovative educational model which delivers chess through a thirty-week curriculum.

Dallow StreetZ – The project targets young people from across Dallow’s diverse communities to come together on a weekly basis for football coaching/matches.

Salto Foundation Limited – Training Equipment

Sports Traider – Delivering sports coaching projects throughout Bedfordshire.


Lutonian Cricket Club – Mower Cartridges

Potton Town Cricket Club – Repairs and maintenance to the building exterior and provision of facilities.

Sendo-Ryu Martial Arts Association – Tai Chi Classes

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