In addition to our grantmaking, we work within the community in a number of different ways. We run 2-3 of our own events and projects each year, we sponsor a range of awards and projects, and we sit on a number of steering groups and committees which help to enhance provision in the town.
We aim to deliver a number of community events and projects, some on an annual basis such as Orchestra Unwrapped, and some on a biennial basis such as the Harpur Art Competition and Have a go with Harpur.
When we aren’t busy organising our own events and projects, we try to support others to deliver their own community projects either through our grantmaking, or through sponsorship. Examples of initiatives which we have sponsored in recent years include, Pride in Bedfordshire, Local Heroes, Bedpop Sciencelabs and Funpalaces, the River Festival community stage and Dragon Boat racing, The Bedford International Writing Competition, Soupfest, the Bedford College Awards and the Bedford Borough Council Sports Awards. We are also incredibly proud to have been involved in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s exciting Virtual Orchestra project.