Other sources of support

If you are looking for funding advice, or general advice on running a voluntary organisation, you may find the following useful.

Community Voluntary Service (CVS)

43 Bromham Road, BEDFORD MK40 2AA.
Telephone: (01234) 354366
Email: jane@cvsbeds.org.uk
Website: http://www.cvsbeds.org.uk

The CVS provides:

  • funding advice and information to local voluntary and community groups
  • information on trusts and foundations, lottery funding, European funding, local statutory agencies, national government funding and fundraising
  • useful training courses
  • advice on a range of voluntary sector issues, from governance to quality standards
  • office space at a reasonable charge

Bedford Borough Council

For information on Bedford Borough Council’s funding programmes, please visit the Council’s own site at www.bedford.gov.uk, and other Council-run sites aimed at funding and funding-related issues, including:

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC)

The BRCC can offer advice on community buildings (eg village halls) and DBS checks.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC)
The Old School
Cardington, Bedford MK44 3SX
Tel: 01234 838771
Email: info@bedsrcc.org.uk

Funding Organisations

Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)

For information and advice on seeking funding from other Trusts and Foundations, take a look at the Association of Charitable Foundations website:

The Directory of Social Change (DSC)

The Directory of Social Change is an internationally recognised independent source of information and support to voluntary and community sectors worldwide. DSC enables the community and voluntary sectors to achieve their aims through the provision of training and information. They produce a number of excellent publications detailing grant making bodies such as ‘A Guide to Grants For Individuals in Need’, The Directory of Grant Making Trusts’ and ‘The Educational Grants Directory’. Check out their website for more information:

Funding Central


East of England Funders Group

The Harpur Trust is a member of the East of England funders group. Together the group’s 24 members give £80 million per year to charitable organisations in the Eastern region. Some of the funders listed here may be able to help you.

Funding for Individuals