Funding body information

Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
01234 267422

Point of contact:

Community Welfare Manager, 01234 718078,


Financial Assistance from Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council is currently co-ordinating support for the third sector and is inviting applicants for financial assistance from voluntary, community and charitable organisations for 2015/16.

Criteria and guidelines for application are available on the dediated Bedford Borough Council application page. Application forms can also be downloaded here.

The deadline for Third Sector Funding 2015/16 has now passed and no more applications can be considered. Applications for funding for the period 2016/17 will be made available online towards the end of the year.

Community Chest

Community Chest grants can be awarded up to £1,000 for core costs and project costs to projects that fit one or more of the following themes created from the Corporate Plan and the Sustainable Community Strategy:

  • Economic Development, Regeneration & Enterprise
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Adult Health & Wellbeing
  • Children & Young People
  • Safer Communities
  • Sustainable Communities (including Housing & Transport).

For more information please contact the Community Welfare Team at or on 01234 276814

Applications for 2014/2015 have now closed, however further information is expected.

House of Industry Estate Grants

Applications may be made by voluntary, community and charitable organisations which help to alleviate need, hardship or distress of residents of the Bedford Borough Council area. Assistance is available to organisations throughout the year subject to funds being available.

Further information and application forms are available at the following link.

Rural Grants Scheme

Grants can be given to rural organisations, usually up to £25,000, that provide benefit to their local communities. Applications can be submitted at any time, although they are usually considered in April, September and January, subject to funds being available.

For further information on any of the above grant funding, including contact details and application forms, please go to the Bedford Borough Council Website and further information can be found under advice and benefits.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Where is Your Commissioner?'

Useful organisations:

Mid and North Bedfordshire CVS:

The council website is very easy to use, with information on voluntary sector funding well signposted to from the homepage, under the 'Community and Living' section.

The information provided is up to date, and contains relevant contact details and application forms for all of the grant programmes running.

It is worth noting that this website has been kept consistently up to date since the beginning of our research in January 2009, with deadlines continually updated and amended when necessary.

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