Do you run a project keeping young people out of the criminal justice system? If so, our HIGH SHERIFF’S FUND can grant you up to £1,000, to help with running costs. Or pay for new equipment and training. Apply by Monday 20 February 2023.


For warmer homes and community spaces this winter.

Many across Herefordshire are facing a tough winter. We are raising funds for those most in need, helping vulnerable households and community spaces to stay warm. Since 2021 we have given out over £80,000 to more than 250 households. 

To kickstart our appeal, one of our donors has kindly given £20,000. Can you help us reach our target of £100,000?

Mrs X rang to thank us [Citizens Advice] for awarding her a grant. She had been discussing with her husband about disconnecting the gas meter in order to reduce their fuel bills. It had only been her concern for how this would affect their children that had stopped her from doing so. She said the £500 would be making a life-changing difference to them this winter.


Up to a maximum of £500 per household each year. Please note that we only take applications from third-party professionals, such as foodbanks, health workers, CAB. Open to applications now.


Up to £5,000 per organisation per project. For community projects which provide a warm space for local residents and help them connect with others, reduce isolation, receive support.

I just wanted to let you know that Mr X who received a fuel grant just before Christmas is doing well. Previously, he had been struggling as he had lost his job and didn’t have enough money to heat his home. He was on the verge of a breakdown.

He wanted to express his utmost thanks to the Herefordshire Community Foundation for their generosity at a time of great need. Being able to heat his home and have hot water meant he could have his daughter remain in his home with him over Christmas.

It really helped him to get back on his feet and within six weeks he had a job.


HCF launches its Herefordshire Refugee Appeal.

As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in Ukraine, we have been deeply saddened to witness the devastating impact of war on men, women, children, families and communities.

In response, we have, with the Herefordshire Times, set up the Help for Refugees appeal.

More than 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine as Russia continues to target communities with air strikes and shelling. They have crossed borders to seek safety. The UN says urgent needs include emergency shelter, relief items such as blankets, and psychological support – all of which rely on voluntary donations.

Please support the relief effort.

Your donation will fund the transport of essential goods from Herefordshire to where they are needed. Residual funds will support the resettlement of refugees in Herefordshire.

Thank you for your compassion, generosity and willingness to support those in need during this time of crisis.

Photo credits. Alexei Scutari, Yehor Milohrodskyi, Yura Khomitskyi, Edoardo Ceriani. Unsplash. 


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By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like HEREFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that HEREFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

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Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When HEREFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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The Lieutenancy of Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council are supporting The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative locally. It will be rolled out across Herefordshire, and beyond, during the current planting season. A long-lasting way to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

We are keen to help ensure that as many trees as possible are planted for the Canopy in Herefordshire. You can donate through HCF.

For more general information, please see: The Queen’s Green Canopy

Photo credit. Sapling: 82998092 © creativecommonsstockphotos | dreamstime

Generous individuals, families and businesses invest in funds, created by your community foundation.

This generates income to really improve and change lives in Herefordshire.


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19% of Herefordshire families live in poverty. HCF provides vital equipment, food, transport and support.

14% of Herefordshire families are fuel poor. HCF makes emergency grants when the lights go out.

21% of the Herefordshire population are older adults. HCF reduces loneliness and the sense of isolation.


We help the positive work of local groups and societies on a continuing basis. But when natural disaster or human tragedy strikes and people need urgent support, HCF is right there.  Our grants help people survive winter rigour, rebuild flooded community halls, replant storm-torn woodlands, whatever.


We have more than 25 active funds, from the established families of the county, to quiet philanthropists. HCF marries the wishes of the fund creators with the needs of the county.



Community Foundations are a vehicle for charitable giving. They work with individuals, families and companies to design bespoke grant making strategies that target particular issues or focus on particular geographical areas.

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the umbrella organisation supporting 46 Foundations working in the UK. In the House of Lords in 2015, UKCF President Baroness Prashar highlighted Community Foundations as the voluntary sector’s “best kept secret”, not generally recognised by the public.

However the network’s collective endowment is worth £614 million and it has awarded over £98.3 million in grants. That makes it the fourth largest grant maker in the UK. A secret that’s making a big difference!

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Herefordshire Community Foundation,
The Fred Bulmer Centre,
Wall Street, Hereford HR4 9HP
Registered Charity No. 1094935
Registered in England and Wales No. 4468139

t: 01432 272550

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  1. Our Approach to Complaints

1.1 Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF) aims to deal with all matters in a fair way which reflects the charity’s aims and objectives. However, from time to time things may go wrong and in such cases, individuals may seek to complain. The purpose of this policy is to provide an efficient, transparent and fair way of dealing with any complaint.

1.2 Herefordshire Community Foundation is committed to providing a quality service to our stakeholders. Staff also strive to present themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. One of the ways in which the charity can continue to improve the service we offer is to listen and respond to the views of all our stakeholders, therefore HCF aims to ensure that:

  • there is an open and transparent procedure for making a complaint.
  • the complaints procedure is publicised so that people know how to contact us to make a complaint.
  • the complaint is dealt with promptly, politely and appropriately.
  • there is an appropriate response such as an explanation, an apology where we have got things wrong or information on any action taken.
  • lessons are learnt from complaints which are used to improve our service.
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  1. How to Make a Complaint

2.1 If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible.

2.2 All complaints should be made in writing by e-mail or letter. When writing or e-mailing your complaint, appropriate contact details should be provided such as an email address or a full postal address. Please address your complaint to:

The CEO,
Herefordshire Community Foundation,
The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street,
Hereford HR4 9HP


2.3 If the complaint relates to the CEO, the complaint should be made in writing by letter or email to the Chair of the Trustees at the above address or email:

  1. The Process – Grants

3.1 Complaints relating to grant-making will be assessed by the CEO and a response will be sent within 5 working days of receipt. If it is not possible to issue a full reply within this time because a detailed investigation is required we will tell you what is being done to deal with your complaint, when you can expect the full reply and from whom. The CEO is required to report all complaints to the charity’s board so they can monitor the handling of the complaint and ensure an appropriate response is given.

3.2 If you are not satisfied with the final response from the CEO you may ask for your complaint to be referred to the Chair of the Trustees for further investigation.

3.3  The referral will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt and the Chair of the Board will aim to produce a decision within 20 days. If this is not possible you will be told what is being done to deal with your complaint and when you can expect the reply.

3.4 If following this second response you remain dissatisfied and if the nature of your complaint relates to funding received or not received, you can re-direct your complaint to the funding body where this is appropriate.

  1. The Process – Other complaints

4.1 Complaints relating to any non-grant making issue will be dealt with by the CEO and a response will be sent within 5 working days of receipt. If it is not possible to issue a full reply within this time because a detailed investigation is required we will tell you what is being done to deal with your complaint, when you can expect the full reply and from whom. Again, all complaints will be notified to the Board of Trustees so that they can monitor the action taken.

4.2 If you are not satisfied with the response from the CEO, you may ask for your complaint to be referred to the Chair of the Trustees.

4.3 The referral will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt and the Chair of the Trustees will aim to produce a decision within 20 days. If this is not possible you will be told what is being done to deal with your complaint and when you can expect the reply. Any decision will be final.

External stage

Complaints that are sufficiently serious may be taken to the Charity Commission at any stage. Information about the kind of complaints the Commission can involve itself in may be found on their website at: