1st Awards Made – 450th Anniversary Grants Programme

12 Bedford voluntary organisations and schools are celebrating the New Year with news that they have received grants totalling more than £11,000 from our special 450th Anniversary Grants Programme.

The lucky 12 award winners are the first to take advantage of the Trust’s 450th Anniversary Grants Giveaway, a one off, time limited fund designed to make applying for a grant easier for small and inexperienced groups.

The first recipients of awards from the 450th Anniversary Grants Programme are:

  • Access Bedford
  • Mile Road Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association
  • Men in Sheds Bedford
  • Elstow Pre-School
  • Brickhill Brownie Unit
  • BedPop
  • Wilstead Tots and Toddlers
  • St John Rigby Catholic Primary School
  • Bedford Players Trust
  • Bizzy Bees Pre-School
  • The Polish Language and Culture Association
  • Bedford Angel Domino Team

Over the course of 2016, we will be making 45 grants of up to £1,000 to community groups working in Bedford Borough who want to buy equipment to help them with their work. We hope the programme’s simplified application form and process will help smaller charities and community groups to develop their fundraising skills and confidence, as many tell us that they find filling in funding application forms very daunting. Helping grantees to develop the skills they need to run their groups well is really important to the Trust, and we’re pleased that many of the groups which have applied for the 450th Anniversary Grants Programme have taken advantage of the expert help provided by Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) with whom we have a service level agreement. The Grants Committee are very pleased that a number of organisations have applied to the 450th Anniversary Programme who haven’t approached us before, and hope that many more will apply before our next deadline of 1st April 2016

Bob Newton from Men in Sheds Bedford, who received funding for workshop equipment, said “Thank you to the Harpur Trust for awarding the grant to buy much needed equipment, we hope that this award will help raise awareness of the group and encourage new members to join.” Men in Sheds Bedford offers older men a mutual support network and the chance to learn new skills while pursuing hobbies.