Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Go Ahead Given For Woodside Link : A5505

Development consent has been given for the Woodside Connection to be built between M1 J11a and Porz Avenue/Poynters Rd roundabout. http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/document/2721799

On the proposed link to Parkside Drive:

"The Secretary of State agrees with the Examining Authority's conclusion that on balance the potential benefits of the Parkside Link to the Houghton Park Estate and the surrounding area as a whole are likely to outweigh the level of the relative dis-benefit that may be experienced by those residents living close to the southern end of the existing Parkside Drive."

Section 20 in http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR010011/3.%20Post%20Decision%20Information/Decision/Secretary%20of%20State%20decision%20letter%20and%20statement%20of%20reasons.pdf

On the southern end of the scheme:

"[The Secretary of State]  notes that residents overlooking the southern section of the Woodside Link would experience an adverse impact in varying degrees, but like the Examining Authority he is satisfied that the applicant and the planning authority together have the capacity to ensure delivery of
appropriate landscape and visual mitigation (ER 4.268). The Secretary of State agrees with the Examining Authority’s overall conclusion that the project has met the criteria for good design in the draft National Networks NPS and that none of the landscape or visual effects of the project would be so significant or adverse as to provide a basis for refusing the application (ER 4.271, 4.279)."

Section 17 (link)

Woodside Link Houghton Regis Bedfordshire. Examining Authority's Report of Findings and Conclusions and Recommendation to the Secretary of State (link)

Legislation for this: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2637/contents/made

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Police Issue Alert Over Burglaries !

STOLEN! Bedfordshire Police are raising awareness about a number of burglaries from  property in Poynters Road, Dunstable, Thornhill Close and Halleys Way in Houghton Regis and Maple Way, Kensworth.

Police believe that in some instances home owners did not fully secure their UPVC doors before going to bed and some motorists didn't lock their vehicles.

Mobile telephones, iPads, laptops, wallets, clothing and jewellery are just some of the small but valuable things the burglars and thieves have targeted.

Police want to nip this problem in the bud and are urging residents in the area to take extra precautions to help keep their homes and property safe.

Police Sergeant Andy Rivers said: “Burglars will take advantage of any lapse in security so I would remind residents to check their home security and before leaving home or going to bed make sure all your windows and doors are locked properly. This also applies to your vehicles – remove all items from view include cradles for satellite navigation systems and other devices.”

He continued: “Local Policing Teams will be out and about in these areas giving crime reduction advice to residents and to also deter offenders.  However, we are also reminding residents to follow our advice to help keep their property safe, especially as the nights are getting darker and winter is approaching.”

Here’s some simple but effective advice to help residents keep their homes, vehicles and property safe:

  • Double lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle before you turn the key
  • Make sure alarms are fitted, serviced and security lighting is in good working order
  • Bolt side entrances and check boundary fences are secure and make sure your gates are kept locked
  • If you must leave a downstairs fanlight open, fit window limiters
  • If you are out in your garden make sure your doors and windows remain locked
  • If you are going out during the evening or at night leave a light on and a radio tuned in to a talk radio station
  • If you are going out during the day and planning to come home after it is dark also leave a light on and a radio tuned into a talk radio station
  • Security mark your property with products like Smartwater
  • Find out about Neighbourhood Watch and what it can do for you
  • NEVER leave money in your home – always put in the bank
  • Also consider keeping your most precious jewellery in the bank
  • Never leave your vehicle unlocked
  • Always remove any items from your vehicle when you leave it
  • If you vehicle is fitted with an alarm, please use it

If you have information relating these crimes you can contact PS Rivers in confidence, on 01582 473492, or Bedfordshire Police on 101 or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Network Projects and Opportunities 23 Sept 2014

Please find below this weeks’ link to projects and opportunities in the town :


"All Help in One Place" for Area's New Disability Hub for Children

FAMILIES of children with disabilities can now access a range of support and services under one roof at a new disability hub in Dunstable.

The South Hub, which is located on the same site as St Augustine’s Academy Lower School, in Oakwood Road, was officially opened last week.

It provides services for children and young people aged up to 18 with physical and learning disabilities.

It will save families having to make disruptive and time-consuming journeys across the region to access different services, and they can instead easily get all the help they need in one place.

The South Hub, which took around nine months to develop, also offers parents a place to meet up and chat with other families while their children play in the new indoor and outdoor areas.

Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, welcomed the opening of the Hub.

He said: “Many people just think that their council tax is just spent on things like bin collections and repairing potholes, but that is not true – and the South Hub is an excellent example of that.

“This centre is a fantastic place for children and their families, and shows the council’s continued commitment to offering a range of services for children with disabilities.

“I am very proud of the work that our teams are doing to help children with disabilities across Central Bedfordshire, and the fact that families are now able to access everything in one place can only help to improve the service that we offer.”

As well as offering short breaks for children – both during the daytime and also arranging residential stays at the Kingfisher unit in Houghton Regis – the South Hub is now a one-stop shop for advice about medical, financial and well-being issues.

Councillor Caroline Maudlin, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, who officially opened the South Hub, added: “I know that a lot of people have worked very hard to get this centre open.

“Today is a celebration for the various teams who offer services for disabled children and their families across Central Bedfordshire.”

The South Hub is the second to open in Central Bedfordshire. The first, the Ivel Valley Hub, opened last year in Biggleswade, and has proved very popular with families living in the north of Central Bedfordshire.

For more information about services for disabled children and their families in Central Bedfordshire, go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/support-for-families/children-with-disabilities/Children-with-disabilities.aspx

Directions to the South Hub:

Driving: Head south along the A5 out of Dunstable town centre. After the Hartwell Ford car showrooms, turn right into Mayfield Avenue, then turn right into Oakwood Avenue.

Public transport: From Houghton Regis this will require two buses. Take the "A" service towards Luton. Change at College Drive, Dunstable for the Centrebus "B" service to Downside, nr Mayfield Stores (on Mayfield Road), and walk from there. Overall journey time estimated at 24 minutes from Morrisons, Houghton Regis. Timetable planning here: http://is.gd/gotravel

Friday, 19 September 2014

European Social Fund Boost Helps Council to Fund Work Clubs And Business Start-up Programmes

More funding allocated to shrink unemployment figures

Central Bedfordshire
Council is making it easier for local people seeking employment or skills training to access a package of support services by encouraging local providers to work together.

It comes as part of an extra £1.4m in
European Social Fund (ESF) money which the council will use to
fund work clubs; business start-up programmes for those who are unemployed and economically inactive; ‘Get Into Work’ programmes; and support adults with mental health issues back to work.

It means that the employment and training programme that the council developed in 2007 using £4.9m of European Funding will be able to continue and grow up until 2015. The programme supports a range of projects including assistance for young people not in education, employment and training; support for unemployed adults to start a business; a manager and leaders programme for small and medium sized enterprises and targeted work to address basic skills needs.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration and Business, said: “We want to continue to improve the lives of those living and working in Central Bedfordshire. We arranged for 15 local providers to meet this week so that they can work together, pass forward referrals and offer a complete package of support with the ultimate aim of getting unemployed people back into work.

“In the first half of the current programme, the council smashed national averages for outcomes from the funding. For example, an external evaluation found that nearly half of adult participants progressed into employment compared to a sixth nationally. This extra £1.4m means that we can continue to give funding to programmes like this, through to 2015, that makes a very real difference to people’s lives.”

Nolan Johnson works for CAN Partnership, an agency for young adults in Bedfordshire trying to overcome substance misuse. He said: “It is vital that we work closely with the council and other organisations in Central Bedfordshire to help individuals understand the help that’s available to them. I myself accessed these services a couple of years ago and without knowing the various training and support available to me, I would not be where I am today.”

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Central Bedfordshire Council Daily Digest Bulletin for 16th September 2014

Business seminars and events
Let's Talk Business


Free business clinic - 1-1 sessions available

Organised by Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with the Velocity business support scheme, one hour sessions are available for businesses to talk through their plans and ideas with a business advisor.

Date: Tuesday, October 7th

Venue: The Incuba, Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable

Sessions are free to attend but must be booked in advance.  Please contact the Council's Business Support Team for more information, on 0300 300 8272 or email business@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Meet the buyer

Innovative Management - free management training from the University of Bedfordshire

‘Innovative Management’ is a fully-funded management qualification, supported by the European Social Fund in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council. The programme combines innovative leadership and management workshops and leads to a nationally recognised CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management.

Designed for leaders and managers who wish to develop themselves as innovative practitioners in all aspects of their business, the programme consists of three full day workshops.  Topics covered include staff motivation, managing expectations, routes to market and targeting customers.

Delegates must live or work in Central Bedfordshire and be employed by or own a small business with less than 50 employees (certain post code restrictions apply).

The programme begins on 1 October 2014 at the CPD/Postgraduate Centre, Luton 

To register or for more information, visit the University of Bedfordshire Knowledge Hub.

Experience Beds

Experience Bedfordshire's First Hospitality Sector Surgery

Organised by Experience Bedfordshire, the tourism partnership for Bedfordshire, the event is aimed at all businesses in the hospitality sector and focuses on growing your business through social media.

Date: Friday, 10 October, 9am to 1pm

Venue: Ramada Encore Hotel, Airport Way, Luton LU2 9LF

Amanda Brown of Alterra will be leading a morning of training, covering areas such as raising brand awareness through Facebook and building relationships through Twitter.  Grants4Growth, Yellowstone (web development) and C&C Printers (marketing materials) will also be presenting on the day.  A buffet lunch and opportunities to network will further be available.

To book, visit Hospitality Sector Surgery.

The usual cost of this training is £90 but a discounted rate of  £19.55 (including VAT and card payment fee) is available for members of Experience Bedfordshire, the Chamber of Commerce and start-ups. For non-members the cost is £23.35. 


Velocity Business Growth Workshops


As part of the Velocity programme, a number of free workshops are being held across the South East Midlands area.  The workshops last from 8.45am to 12 noon and cover a range of topics vital to supporting business growth.  


Forthcoming local workshops, to be held at Mitchell Hall, Cranfield, include:

How to build your website - September 25th

Smash your Sales Targets - October 14th

Attracting and Managing Investors - November 10th

A full list of workshops, with dates and venues, and further information, are available on the Velocity website.


Advice from experienced business owners

The Incuba have put together a series of workshops aimed at helping small business owners getting the right help and support.

The workshops begin on September 24th with:

Make your IT work for you, not the other way around (9.30am-10.30am)  and

Brand Planning – Start up to exit plan (11am -12noon)

Workshops are charged at £5 (plus VAT) per business workshop including refreshments or £20 (plus VAT) for ALL SIX Workshops including refreshments and networking opportunities. 

For further information or to reserve a place, contact  info@theincuba.com or call 01582 343 810


First Impressions – Free One Hour Taster Session

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton are pleased to invite employers to a one hour taster session on their ‘First Impressions’ course. 

Lasting impressions are formed within the first few moments of an initial phone call, if that impression is a positive, efficient and approachable one, your whole organisation is seen in the same light.

Join the event to see how Relate can work with your business to provide training to your staff so they give the best First Impression possible.

Venue:  The Incuba,  1Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable

Date:  Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Time:  1030am – 1130am

Registration is essential. For more information contact Relate on 01234 342503 or training@relatebedsandluton.org.uk

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Budget 2015 - still time to have your say
Budget 2015

Budget 2015 - still time to have your say

Every year Central Bedfordshire residents and businesses

are asked
for their feedback on
budget proposals and this year is no exception. Your views are very important to
 want to understand how you feel about what is most important to you and your community.

You can have your say by completing the online questionnaire by 6 October 2014. All the feedback receive

will be reported to Members of the Council as they make decisions about council spending and efficiencies early next year.

United We Stand


United We Stand 

19 September

This new play focuses on the 1972 Builders' Strike and events that led to the imprisonment of building workers Des Warren and Eric Tomlinson.

This production aims to bring the full story of this compelling dispute to life, challenging and entertaining it's audience. 

The play features popular and political songs from the period.

Written by: Neil Gore

Directed by: Louise Townsend

Music directed by: John Kirkpatrick

Townsend Productions are a local group who developed the show at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre and will be touring the UK after opening here.

Prices and booking information

Tickets: £10 and £5 concessions

Call: 0300 300 8125



Friday, 12 September 2014

Gypsy & Traveller Site Plan Withdrawn by Central Bedfordshire Council

by Alan D Winter

Discussion over the proposed withdrawal of Central Bedfordshire Council's Gypsy and Traveller Plan dominated the Council's meeting last night (11 Sept). From Barton-le-Clay, Mr Knight addressed the councillors saying that the council had disregard to listening to 4,000 people in that town. He said the action group did not agree with using the green belt, and that they had found 10 other suitable sites. He went on to invite the council to work with them.

Central Bedfordshire Council: filmed  
Cllr Young (Conservative) agreed to assign an officer to work with the action group to look at these sites.

Barton-le-Clay resident, Janet Nunn, a former CBC Liberal Democrat councillor, addressed the meeting pointing out that the planning inspector had said that it was unclear how the chosen sites had been arrived at. She said that the council had ignored planning guidelines and no exceptional circumstances had been given for the use of the green belt. The Council for the Protection of Rural England did not support the Plan, either. Mrs Nunn suggested that the council's own staff (whistleblowers) had been uncomfortable about working to put sites in the green belt, and suggested that CBC needed to look at integrated sites, such as at Cheltenham where one had been established for more than 40 years.

Cllr Young pointed out that the planning inspector had suggested that not enough sites had been included in the plan, asking for a 3% compound growth rate whereas the council's plan had allowed for just 2% compound growth rate. This would mean finding an additional 60-70 sites to meet a new target. Councillors all around showed support for sticking to a 2% growth rate, and it was suggested that the planning inspector's claim for a higher rate had no precedent.

Later in the meeting Cllr Young was challenged by Cllr Adam Zerny (Independent, Potton) to give the cost of the gypsy and traveller consultations. This Cllr Young  put this at £26,000 for consultants plus other untrackable costs that are inextricably wrapped up in the cost of running the whole council. Cllr Stay (Conservative, Caddington) wanted to know the cost of repetitive questions to officers by certain councillors. Cllr Young replied, " if it was more than £10, it's been a complete waste of money".

Councillors voted to agree to withdraw their Gypsy and Traveller plan for the time being, saying there was insufficient time for them to answer the inspector's questions demanded by him for a meeting on 23rd September, and that it had been regrettable that the inspector had not allowed them more time.

A revised plan will need to be submitted in the future to protect Central Bedfordshire's communities from unwarranted intrusions by illegal encampments.

The meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council was filmed last night by local residents. Unfortunately the sound quality is very poor. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flitwick

Monday, 8 September 2014

INCUBA: Help your business grow - Essential workshops for SMEs

Advice from experienced business owners

Here at The Incuba, we have put together a series of workshops aimed at helping you the small business owner getting the right help and support in many areas of your business. Whether its getting the right staff to build your business or generating more sales from your website, there's a workshop for you!

So if you are building on that great business idea you've had or want to build on your existing knowledge, the workshops are suitable for all.

September 24th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30: Workshop 3: Make your IT work for you, not the other way around
10.30 - 11:00: Networking and refreshments
11.00 - 12:00: Workshop 4: Brand Planning – Start up to exit plan

October 29th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30: Workshop 5: Accountancy for Small Business Owners in the Real World
10.30 - 11:00: Networking and refreshments
11.00 - 12:00: Workshop 6: Top Telephony Tips for Small Businesses

November 26th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30: Workshop 1: Policies, Procedures, Recruitment and the Truth about HR for Small Businesses.
10.30 - 11:00: Networking and refreshments
11.00 - 12:00: Workshop 2: Turn your website into a sales machine

ONLY £5 (plus VAT) per business workshop including refreshments or £20 (plus VAT) for ALL SIX Workshops including refreshments and networking opportunities. Please contact: 01582 343 810 or email info@theincuba.com to reserve your place.

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s some recent feedback we have received.
"Informative, inspiring… all mixed in with a healthy dose of realism and sound advice. Looking forward to starting up! Thanks to you all"
"Very useful to bounce ideas and help us focus as we move forward as a charity." 
“Very Informative with invaluable practical help"

  /theincuba        @TheIncuba

  The Incuba, 1 Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable, LU6 1AA

Copyright © 2014 The Incuba, All rights reserved.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Houghton Regis Has Got it All Going On!

Classic Car Show takes place on 14th September. Photos: A D Winter
A working group at Houghton Regis Town Council met for a couple of hours last night (3rd Sept) to reflect on this year's carnival event, go over the details of the forthcoming Classic Car Show, and agree some dates for future events.

The group agreed or confirmed the following event dates:

14th September 2014 - Classic and Vintage Car Show, @ The Green Houghton Regis
26th September 2014 - Mayor's Charity Quiz Evening @ Chequers (part of Mayor's events)
1st November 2014 - Halloween Fancy Dress Hunt (Bedford Square - part of Mayor's Events)
25th November 2014 - Celebration of Christmas (Grove Theatre - part of Mayor's events)
13th December 2014 - Santa's Grotto
17th February 2015 - Pancake Race
4th April 2015 - Easter Egg Hunt
22nd May 2015 - May Fayre
11th July 2015 - Carnival with the theme "Summer Vacations"
13th September 2015 - Classic and Vintage Car Show
November 2015 - Celebration of Christmas at Grove Theatre (subject to sponsorship being available)
5th December 2015 - Santa's Grotto
9th February 2016 - Pancake Race
26th March 2016 - Easter Egg Hunt
6th May 2016 - May Fayre

To book stalls (where events have stalls), or for more information about these events, please contact the Houghton Regis Town Council events organiser, sarah.gelsthorp@houghtonregis.org.uk - 


Mayor's Quiz Night: 26th September

The Town Mayor of Houghton Regis, Councillor Laura Ellaway is hosting a 'very different' Quiz Night on Friday 26th September 2014 at The Chequers Public House, East End, Houghton Regis,
in aid of her chosen charities!
The event includes a Fish and Chips or Chicken and Chips Supper (vegetarian option available)
Tickets are £10 each. For more details please email the Mayor's Secretary sarah.gelsthorp@houghtonregis.org.uk


Halloween Fancy Dress Hunt! 1st November


Tickets for this years's Celebration of Christmas go on sale mid-September available from The Grove Theatre, Dunstable. The performance was a huge success last year and the venue is ideal to hear local children singing. Expected to take part are choirs from six Primary schools, The Chiltern School and Luton Mencap with stage performances from Full House Theatre. The event is made possible by a generous discount from Central Bedfordshire Council on theatre hire, and sponsorship from a local developer. Proceeds from the event goes into Houghton Regis Mayor's nominated local charities, which this year are  Dunstable Army Cadets, Houghton Regis Day Centre, and Kingfishers.


To keep up to date with events in the town find the "Houghton Regis Calendar" and add it to your device, or website.
View the calendar online here: http://houghtonregis.blogspot.co.uk/p/houghton-regis-calendar.html
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Free Weekly Art, Drama, an Dance Sessions Restarting in Houghton Regis

Don't forget that the Houghton Regis Art Town sessions are starting again Tuesday 9th September!
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September Issue Funding Voluntary and Community Action




Funding E-Bulletin




September 2014


Voluntary and Community Action



Welcome to the September 2014 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.

ACT Foundation

ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).

Applications can be submitted at any time. The Grants Manager, The ACT Foundation (ACT), 61 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1QW, Tel: 01753 753900
E-mail: info@theactfoundation.co.uk  Website: http://www.theactfoundation.co.uk/

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Grants are available to voluntary organisations for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250. Small Grants - Applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings.

Deadlines are as follows:

  • General Grants - 1 December 2014.
  • Small Grants - Applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings.

Mrs Ann Cooper, Secretary to the Trustees, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, c/o TMF Management UK Limited, 400 Capability Green, Luton, Beds, LU1 3AE, Tel: 01582 439225, E-mail: info@bailythomas.org.uk Website: http://www.bailythomas.org.uk/default.aspx


Barchester Healthcare Foundation

The Foundation awards grants to improve quality of life for older people and other adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. Examples include: the purchase of care equipment, provision of activities and innovative pilot projects. Grants of between £100 and £5,000 and applications are accepted at any time.


Contact The Administrator, Suite 201, The Chambers, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF, Tel: 0800 328 3328, E-mail: info@bhcfoundation.org.uk Website: http://www.bhcfoundation.org.uk


Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Grants for charities working with children and adults with special educational or other needs for project costs. Typical grants range from £500 to £2,000. In exceptional cases more substantial amounts may be awarded. Applications may be submitted at any time.


Dr Peter Boshier, Secretary/Treasurer, Boshier-Hinton Foundation, Yeomans, Aythorpe Roding, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1PD, Tel: 01245 231032, E-mail: boshierhinton@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://www.boshierhintonfoundation.org.uk


Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust

The Trust awards grants to registered charities with the emphasis on helping: medical charities and research; older people; and those who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own for capital and project costs. The Trustees aim to support fewer charities, with larger grants of £5,000 and above and the next deadline is 31 December 2014.


Mr A J Twitchett, Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, Trowers & Hamlins LLP, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ, E-mail: secretary@peeltrust.com Website: http://www.peeltrust.com/about.html


Dr Scholl Foundation

Grants are available worldwide in the areas of: education; social service; healthcare; civic and cultural; and environmental.


The application form and the related materials specified in the instructions are accepted during the application period which opens annually on 1 November and closes on 1 March. There is no grant limit; however, on average, grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.


Enquiries, Dr Scholl Foundation, 1033 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 230, Northbrook, Illinois 60062 Tel: (00) 1 847 559 7430, Website: http://www.drschollfoundation.com/index.html


The Eranda Foundation

Grant for charities undertaking projects for research into medicine and education, encouraging the arts and supporting social welfare. The next deadline is 31 December.

Mrs Gail Devlin-Jones, The Secretary, The Eranda Foundation, PO Box 6226, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0XF, Tel: 01296 689157, E-mail: eranda@btconnect.com


Football Association – Funding for Leagues

Funding is available to support football leagues in England (outside the National League System) so they can purchase equipment that assists in the administration of that league for computer equipment. The level of grant depends on the size of the league and will be based on £10 per team. A minimum grant of £350 and maximum of £1,200 applies. Leagues must: be FA or County FA affiliated; be below step five in the Women's Pyramid of Football; be an 11-a-side/youth/mini soccer/ small-sided (non-commercial); and be non-profit-making. 2014/15 deadline: 1 May 2015.


Leagues and Clubs Administrator, The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ, Tel: 0844 980 8200 # 4593, E-mail: zuzana.brutenicova@thefa.com 
Website: http://www.thefa.com/


Forbes Charitable Foundation

Grant for UK charitable organisations or individuals supporting adults with learning disabilities. Grants are usually made up to £5,000. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications should arrive by the last day of February, June, or October to be considered at the next appropriate Trustees’ meeting. Applicants are adviced not to submit a completed application too far ahead of the next closing date.

Secretary to the Trustees, Forbes Charitable Foundation, PO Box 6256, Nuneaton, CV11 9HT,
E-mail: info@theforbescharitablefoundation.org
Website: http://www.theforbescharitablefoundation.org/homepage/

Freemasons' Grand Charity

The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices. Grants range in value from £500 to over £50,000 for project costs.

  • Masonic Relief Grants - applications may be submitted at any time.
  • Non-Masonic Charities - grant applications are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October. There is no deadline date for the receipt of applications. However, applications received less than six weeks before a meeting will be held over to the next meeting.

Head of Non-Masonic Grants, Freemasons' Grand Charity, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ, Tel: 020 7395 9261, E-mail: info@the-grand-charity.org Website: http://www.grandcharity.org/


London Luton Airport Community Trust Fund

Grants for community organisations in Luton and areas to the north east, south and south west of London Luton Airport for activities in the following areas: safer and stronger communities; environment and economic development; health and wellbeing; and children and young people.

Grants of up to £7,500 are available for revenue costs, although capital items of up to £1,000 will be considered. The panel meets four times a year, in March, June, September and December. Applications should be submitted by the end of the second week of the month before each meeting (ie February, May, August and November).


Enquiries, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, The Old School, Southill Road, Cardington, Bedfordshire, MK44 3SX, Tel: 01234 834930, E-mail: administrator@blcf.org.uk
Website: http://www.blcf.org.uk/index.php


The Lotus Foundation

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking projects that advance social welfare. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Mrs B Starkey The Lotus Foundation Startling Music Ltd 90 Jermyn Street 1st Floor London SW1Y 4JD Tel: 0207 930 5133 Website: http://www.lotusfoundation.com/


The Manifold Charitable Trust

The Trust makes grants to charitable causes, for the preservation of culturally important activities and buildings favouring those engaged in conservation.

Projects covered include educational, environmental, conservational, the arts (particularly music) preserving buildings and monuments of architectural interest, museums and galleries, churches and chapels.


For more information contact The Manifold Charitable Trust, Shottesbrooke House, Maidenhead, SL6 3SW E-mail: helen.niven@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk


Mercers' Charitable Foundation

Support is available for charities and educational establishments in the UK working in the areas of: welfare; education; heritage and the arts; and religion Support is restricted to capital appeals that are within the last 20% of their target and for which support in the region of £5,000 to £20,000 will make a difference.


Grants Officer, Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, London, EC2V 8HE, Tel: (020) 7726 4991, E-mail: mail@mercers.co.uk Website: http://www.mercers.co.uk/


The Paul Bush Foundation Trust

Grants are available to registered charities who are working to support the needs of adults and children with acquired physical disabilities. Grants of up to £10,000 for an organisation, but preference is given to funding discrete projects with defined outcomes. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered twice a year in April and October.


Grants Administrator, The Paul Bush Foundation Trust, March House, Long March, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 4NR, Tel: 01327 876210, E-mail: PBFT@bushco.co.uk
Website: http://www.bushco.co.uk/about/paulbushfoundationtrust.aspx


Quaker Housing Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations carrying out housing projects for those in need. The application process is ongoing and eligible organisations may apply at any time. Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held five times per year.

Paula Harvey, The Secretary, Quaker Housing Trust, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London
NW1 2BJ, Tel: 020 7663 1036, E-mail:
involveme@qht.org.uk Website: http://www.qht.org.uk/


The Dulverton Trust

Grants are available for projects in the fields of: youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; and preservation.  The majority of the Trust's work is in support of national and regional charities operating in England, Scotland and Wales.  The trust offers  Major Grants with no upper or lower limit of grant specified in the guidelines. Major grants: applications may be made at any time and will be considered in February, June and October and grants are typically between £10,000 and £30,000.

The Dulverton Trust, 5 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NP, Tel: 020 7495 7852, E-mail: grants@dulverton.org Website: http://www.dulverton.org/index.htm


The Theatres Trust

Small capital grants are available to theatres that are run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work with local communities. Grants of up to £5,000 for Small capital project costs, Second 2014 deadline: 5 November 2014 (midday).

Resources Officer, The Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0QL, Tel: 020 7836 8591, E-mail: kate.carmichael@theatrestrust.org.uk Website: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/


The Wakeham Trust

Grants are available to registered charities, community and voluntary groups in the UK to help re-build communities through community participation. Applications may be submitted at any time Grants of between £75 and £750.


Enquiries, The Wakeham Trust, Wakeham House, Rogate, Petersfield, Hants, GU31 5EJ, Tel: 01730 821748, E-mail: wakehamtrust@mac.com  Website: http://www.wakehamtrust.org/index.php


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