Grants 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019

Organisations supported during the period 6 April 2016 to 5 April 2017 are listed below  the latest grants list can be seen here.


Care & Treatment

Beds & Northants Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre – MS Nurse Specialist, who would run group sessions giving support.

British Epilepsy Association – Recruit two new part-time helpline staff to permit an extension of helpline hours.

Cancer Support UK – Support for free Cancer Kits.

Child Brain Injury Trust – Support towards co-ordinator’s salary.

CLIC Sargent – Support in Bedfordshire.

Huntington’s Disease Association – Supporting salary for Bedfordshire Adviser.

Macmillan Cancer Support – Macmillan Grants Programme in Bedfordshire.

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust – Support for Maggie’s Wallace Centre in Cambridge.

Meningitis Now – Continued help towards the Support and Awareness Programme.

Motor Neurone Disease Association – Continued support for specialist nurse posts.

Multiple Sclerosis Society – Supporting the MS Society and their Helpline facility.

National Osteoporosis Society – Towards regional osteoporosis services in Bedfordshire over 12 months.

Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness (React) – Providing essential equipment to terminally ill children.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity – Support for a dedicated Clinical Nurse Specialist for children.

Shine – Local Lifelines support.

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

Stroke Association – Stroke Clubs in Bedfordshire.

Sue Ryder – Support for nursing budget for St John’s hospice.

Teenage Cancer Trust – Support the work of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Unique – Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group – Support work in Bedfordshire.


North Bedfordshire Hospice Care Limited – Funds towards building a separate front door to the front of the building and a second staircase.

Nursing Homes

Methodist Homes – Music therapy to the residents with dementia.

Nursing & Help

East Anglian Air Ambulance – Purchase of patient monitors.

Little Hearts Matter – Delivery of their Family Support Project.

Magpas – To purchase 4 Advanced Training Simulators

Medical & Health Other

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

Crohn’s and Colitis UK – Supporting people affected by IBD in Bedfordshire.

Druglink – To fund a Recovery Worker to work in central Luton supporting those recovering from alcohol and drug misuse.


Benevolent Organisations

Combat Stress – Core funding towards mental health services for veterans in Bedfordshire with mental health conditions.

Housing & Homeless

Amicus Trust – Support for the Night Owl Bus; a converted well-equipped night shelter.

King’s Arms Project (Bedford) – Support for Bedford’s Nightshelter.

SMART CJS – Support running cost of the Prebend Centre.

Children & Youth

10th Ampthill and Woburn (Toddington) Scout Group – Purchase of two storage sheds.

Bedford Open Door – Support towards costs of activities delivered by the Operations Manager.

Bedfordshire County Scout Council – Attendance at the World Scout Jamboree.

Crescent Summer School Project – Four week summer holiday programme for disadvantaged 11-18 year olds.

Happy Days Children’s Charity – Trip for 40 children from Luton in Bedfordshire aged 3 – 13 who are all young carers.

Link to Change – Child sexual exploitation (CSE) project, to cover two years worth of funding.

Luton Roma Trust – Support to keep open the post of Roma Education Champion.

Mitalee Youth Association – 10 week training programme for unemployed and/or socio-economically disadvantaged young people.

Police Community Clubs of Great Britain – Anti-bullying Campaign

Prince’s Trust – Continuation and development of local programmes.

Tall Ships Youth Trust – Providing the opportunity to participate in a TSYT voyage.

UpRising Leadership – Leadership Programme.

YMCA Bedfordshire – Fun 4 Young People Programme.

Youthscape – Support for Bute Mills drop in.


Bedford Guild House – Programme of Activities.

Purple Trust – Funding towards 10% of core costs.

Community Development

ACCM (UK) – “One Stop Shop” for BAME Senior Citizen Community.

Airfield Volunteer Fire Service – New Fire Station Project

ASR Community Ltd – Summer Play Scheme 2017

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau – Continuation of the outreach services for a further year.

Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust – Support for BHHCT.

Bedfordshire African Community Centre – Continuing to provide support for their Brighter Future project.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity – Mobility Hub at Bedford bus station.

Brickhill Community Centre Association – Play equipment in two play areas in the Woodlands Park estate.

Cardington PCC – Support for Cardington PCC

Dunstable & District Citizens Advice Bureau – Support for 1 year’s salary of an Admin. Assistant.

Elstow PCC – Support for Elstow PCC

Family Action – Towards the costs of an Associate Director

Gardening with Grace CIC – A group project at Abbeyfields Health Centre.

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

Link-A-Ride Community Transport – Link-A-Ride provide community transport service for residents in Central Bedfordshire

Luton Irish Forum – Support for ongoing services in Bedfordshire.

Luton Law Centre – The Luton Access Partnership.

Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy – Continue to develop and expand the work of Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy.

Mid Bedfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau – Current year running costs of project Outreach.

New Covenant Church – Access skills training.

NOAH Enterprise – Continued support of the Welfare Centre and Catering

One Stop Advice & Training Centre – The Digital IT programme.

Penrose Roots – Offer more sessions at the Roots to Recovery garden

Safer Luton Partnership – Support to expand their staying safe project.

Southill Parish Hall – Internal works

Southill PCC – Support for Southill PCC

St Michael’s Church, Bedford – Support for St Michael’s Church, Bedford

Stopsley Baptist Church – Support for the final elements of funding for 2017 and the salary of Café Coordinator.

Swineshead Village Hall – To replace the main floor of the village hall.

Whitbread Wanderbus Ltd – Replacement bus.

Disabled Groups

3H Fund (Helping Hands for Holidays) – 2018 UK Holiday Grant Programme for Disabled People

Autism Bedfordshire – Summer Activity Schemes.

Autistica – Reducing Stigma within Autism in Bedfordshire.

Canine Partners for Independence (CPI) – Trained dogs, providing comfort and assistance to the elderly and disabled.

Changing Faces – Skin Camouflage Service.

Families United Network (FUN) – Activity Clubs which provide opportunities for children aged 0-18 with a wide range of disabilities.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Support hearing dog partnerships for profoundly deaf residents in Bedfordshire.

Listening Books – Free access to audiobook service.

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People – Music and Drama Workshops for People with Complex Disabilities.

Rett UK – Support for their Telephone Electronic Support Services (TESS).

Revitalise – To provide 12 one week respite holidays for disabled people and their carers from Bedfordshire.

Spinal Injuries Association – Peer Support Officer Salary.

YoungMinds Trust – Parent’s Helpline.

Family Life & Moral Welfare

Bedford Counselling Centre – Provision of affordable counselling services.

Contact – Support in Bedfordshire; local workshops; family fun days, in-depth email/telephone advice.

Dignity for Women (Luton) – Seeking a contribution towards the core costs of running their front-line work.

Families First Bedfordshire – Fundraising and Communications Assistant

Family and Children’s Early-help Services (FACES) – Annual salary of the Chief Executive for the Financial Year 2017/18.

Friends of CHUMS – CHUMS Babyloss Bereavement Service

Gingerbread – Support to further the work of Gingerbread.

Hope Trust (Bedford) – Bedford Foodbank

Luton All Women’s Centre – Salary of one Domestic Abuse Service worker.

Road Victims Trust – Funding to provide counselling and emotional support.

Tilehouse Councilling – Professional councilling sessions for adults and young people who live in Bedfordshire

Twins & Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) – Address the needs of the multiple birth community in Bedfordshire.

Yarl’s Wood Befrienders – Support delivery of services provided.

Social Welfare Other

Bedfordshire Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) – Support over 400 disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – Running cost towards continued provision of a free debt counselling service in Bedfordshire.

Cruse Bereavement Care – Salary of the part time Client Service Co-ordinator.

Goldington Reading & Recreation Rooms – Renewal of the Reading & Recreation Rooms’ 112 year-old roof

ReUse Centre Limited – A contribution towards core costs.

Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) – Free of charge, internet safety lessons to children in Luton & Bedfordshire schools.

The Compassionate Friends – The Compassionate Friends offers help to bereaved families.

Turn2us – Bedfordshire Tackling Poverty programme.



Christopher Reeves Lower School – Purchase furniture to make a library room.

Maidwell Hall School – The building of a Performance Hall, Music School and Associated Classrooms.

Ursula Taylor PTFA – The Celebratory Mosaic.

Colleges & Universities

Bedford College – State-of-the-Art Advanced Engineering Centre.

University of Bedfordshire – Weekly wheelchair basketball sessions.


Dean Under Fives Group – Upgrade existing indoor equipment and to purchase new Forest School equipment.

Raynham Way Pre-School – Outside learning environment

Special Needs

Bag Books – “Sensory Storytime” sessions in two Bedfordshire Schools.

Education Other

First Give – To run the First Give programme in three Bedfordshire Secondary Schools

Level Trust – Uniform Exchange project

Schoolreaders – To Assist the expansion of the Charity, and to attract other funders in order to become a sustainable Charity.

Young Enterprise – ‘Company Programmes in Bedfordshire.



Blind in Business – Help blind and visually impaired graduates into Bedfordshire into work.

Training & Employment Other

Diverse FM Community Media & Training – Helping individuals to gain life-long skills and sustain employment, through training sessions.


Art & Art Galleries

Living Paintings Trust – Provision and development of our library service for blind and partially sighted children.

Dance & Music

21st Century Education Trust – Support for Odissi summer school.

Bedfordshire Music Trust – Covering expenses over the next three years.

Connaught Opera – Concert at Wrest ParK, Spring 2018.

Leighton Buzzard Music Club – Concert on 14 April 2018 by the leading early music ensemble K’antu Ensemble.

Live Music Now! – Interactive live music performances and workshops.

Luton Music Club – 20 Classical music concerts.

Music24 Ltd. – Music Therapy Service

Orchestras Live – Supporting ‘The Big Wish’ Project.

Drama & Theatre

Full House Theatre Company – Delivery of three children’s arts festivals in Bedfordshire in 2018

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust – To the completion of the heating installation.

Festivals & Carnivals

Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama – King’s House Festival

International Organ Festival Society – To support the competitions and the larger Festival events in July 2017.

Museums & Libraries

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


Animal & Bird Life

Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue – A grant towards the costs of their handrearing supplies.

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – Wildlife conservation and species recovery

Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – Protecting Flitwick Moor for Wildlife and People.

Zoological Society of London – 2018 SCD events at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Historic Buildings & Churches

St Paul’s Church Bedford Parochial Church Council – Continued support towards the Pastoral Assistant (PA) position.

Rural Preservation

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire Branch – Support to continue to protect and enhance rural Bedfordshire for all.

Conservation Volunteers – Weekday Conservation Team project.

Countryside Learning – Support for their Estate day programme, delivering over 65 events in the coming year.

Environment and Conservation Other

Clean Rivers Trust – Continue work on examining the historic pollution loading on the river and examine the sources today.

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

Royal Horticultural Society – Hyde Hall Learning Centre and Community Outreach Project

War Memorials Trust – Conservation of war memorials



Fauna & Flora International – Supporting the work of FFI and the continuation of the Whitbread Scholarship.

St Gregory’s Foundation – Core funding, supporting salary.


Disabled Groups

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) – Funding to develop and deliver wheelchair dance events and taster sessions.


Cricket Foundation – Chance to Shine, Primary Schools project.

Potton Colts – Recruitment of some young coaches. – Seeking further support for the infrastructure and overall functioning and sustainability of the A4S project.

Salto Foundation Limited – PlayGym Drop-In sessions; extending the MeTimeFamily sessions.

Sports Traider – Saturday morning coaching sessions and two new wheelchairs for the disabled.


Bedford Priory Bowling Club – To reinforce the inner banks of the playing green

Dunstable Tennis Club – Replacement of LED court lighting.

Eggington Foresters Cricket Club – Refurbishment of the Clubhouse.

Leighton Buzzard Town Cricket Club – Purchase of an outfield grass mower.

Luton Town & Indians Cricket Club – Support to purchase essential items of equipment.

Wilstead Bowls Club – Re-levelling work to the green

Centres & Playing Fields

Ickwell Cricket Club – Refurbishment of Cricket Pavillion

Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club – To purchase around 40 new Kayaks and associated equipment to enable significant expansion of the club.

Sharnbrook Playing Field Association – A new outdoor seating area.

Sports & Leisure Other

Eversholt Cricket Club – Installation of 2 lane artificial cricket practice net

Shefford Town Memorial Association – Support for the community building element of an overall improvement plan.

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