Grants to Organisations

We make grants totaling up to £1,000,000 each year. All the grants we make must fit one or more of our charitable objects: education, relief of poverty, sickness or distress and recreation with a social welfare purpose.


Priority Areas

In addition to our three charitable objects, our grants programme has three priority areas which cover a wide range of issues affecting modern society, in Bedford and beyond.  We particularly welcome applications for work which aims to address these problems.

The priority areas were developed in response to the publication of Sinking and Swimming – understanding Britain’s unmet needs, a report by theYoung Foundation which the Trust co-funded.

The three priority areas are:

  1. Transitions
    This programme is for projects which provide preparation, bridges and support for people undergoing difficult life transitions in Bedford. For further details please click here.
  2. Resilience or Psychological Fitness
    This programme is for projects which will help Bedford residents manage and cope with traumatic changes positively, learning to adapt and prosper despite setbacks. For further details please click here.
  3. Isolation
    A programme for projects which reduce loneliness and lack of social networks amongst Bedford’s most vulnerable residents. For further details please click here.

For detailed information about each programme and examples of the type of project it might fund, please contact the Grants Manager.


Impact Areas

We have spent some time considering how our grants can make a difference in the local community, (the impact our grants have). As a generalist, local funder we think we are best at:

    1. Keeping good services going
    2. Bringing new ideas and services to Bedford
    3. Helping to create better functioning organisations (improving the capacity of the local voluntary sector)


Special Grants Programmes

From time to time we offer additional grants programmes with separate application processes.  This might be to meet a particular need, to test a new approach or to celebrate a particular event.  An example of this was our recent 450th Anniversary Small Grants programme.