OUR FUNDS AND GRANT PROGRAMMES

Grant size varies from £100 to more than £1000, depending on need.

Some Funds have a local emphasis and cover a limited geographical area.

Funds which accept applications from individuals are marked with an *

HEREFORDSHIRE

* BECKET BULMER FUND

Open for applications quarterly: January, April, July, October

Who can apply?
Becket Bulmer grants are mainly targeted at the following areas of community benefit across Herefordshire:

  • cultural advancement, in particular the theatre, music and arts
  • education of young people
  • improvement of the environment
  • support of handicapped people
* BULMER GILMOUR FUND

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?
Residents of Herefordshire, with priority being given to:

  • the elderly
  • vulnerable people
  • families with young children
* CONYGREE LEDBURY COMMUNITY FUND (Ledbury and area)

Open for applications six times a year

Maximum grant awarded:

  • Grant award size typically up to £1000 for groups.
  • For individuals in hardship, max grant £500.

Who can apply?
Organisations and community groups that work in support of communities in Ledbury and the surrounding area. Applications may be considered from individuals in hardship, on a case-by-case basis.

CPRE

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?
Organisations working to preserve and support the tranquillity of Herefordshire’s countryside.

Applications will not be considered from statutory bodies, individuals and families or organisations based outside Herefordshire unless such organisations are specifically supporting projects within the county.

GLENCORA

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?

  • Organisations that aim to increase environmental awareness or who are active in environmental support.
  • Those working with the older generation.
  • Organisations working in the Arts (Ledbury Poetry Festival excluded).
HEATON FUND (Ledbury and area)

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?
Groups must be based in Ledbury, with a preference for work that supports older people, ex-forces, music and the environment.

HEREFORDSHIRE CARE FUND

This incorporates Herefordshire Relief of Social Need

Open for applications all year: case by case basis

Who can apply?

Grants for health or care projects, with a focus on relieving mental health or stress in the rural environment. Organisations involved with education or raising awareness of the same.

* HEREFORD COLLEGE OF ARTS

Open for applications all year.

Who can apply?

The Fund supports arts in Herefordshire through:

  1. Educational collaborations between the College and community organisations to promote arts in Herefordshire.
  2. Bursaries for Hereford College of Arts graduates to promote their work in the county and beyond.
  3. The annual Brian Hatton Award for school age children in the Herefordshire region, promoting art in schools and raising awareness of the life and artistic achievements of Brian Hatton.
*HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTRY FAIR

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis.

Who can apply?

Organisations that work in Herefordshire to support, maintain and enhance rural life. Welfare cases relating to individuals and families may also be considered with the priority given to those people from a rural community.

* HEREFORDSHIRE EDUCATIONAL CHARITY

Open for applications all year. Student bursary applications should be submitted by October of each academic year.

Maximum grant awarded: grant award size varies. Student bursary grant: £500 p.a.

Who can apply?

The Fund supports education for county-based young people under the age of 25, helping to prepare school leavers for the work-place, and providing bursaries for students in further or higher education.

Students at the Hereford College of Arts or Hereford and Ludlow College should apply for HCF bursaries through their respective college Finance departments.

* HEREFORDSHIRE LIFESTYLES

Open for applications all year.

Who can apply?

The prime aim of this fund is to support people with disabilities to enable them to lead a lifestyle of their own choice. It is to empower people with disabilities – e.g. organisations who enable people with disabilities do the things they want to e.g. go to a club or pub or work or get help with benefits, go to college etc.

* HERGEST FUND (Kington area)

Open for applications all year.

Who can apply?

Organisations or individuals in Kington and the surrounding area. Grants are made to support welfare, educational and environmental activity.

HIGH SHERIFF FUND

Open for applications: once yearly, typically February.

Who can apply?

Organisations that support social cohesion, and law and order initiatives in Herefordshire communities.

* IRON FUND

Open for applications all year.

Who can apply?

Grants to relieve the needs of people in Herefordshire, favouring projects that encourage community cohesion, or address issues of isolation and disadvantage.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate local need for the project.

* MUCH MARCLE CONSOLIDATED (Much Marcle parish)

Open for applications all year: case by case basis

Who can apply?

Organisations that work in support of the wider community of Much Marcle or individuals living in the same geographical area who require financial support for welfare or education.

ODEY FUND (English Bicknor and area)

Open for applications all year: case-by case-basis

Who can apply?

Applicants must be within 30 miles of English Bicknor.

Supports charitable organisations active in the fields of education and youth development for the age range of 16 to 25 years. Priority is given to organisations with an established track record and a sound sustainability model.

Grants are also given to help charitable organisations enhance opportunities and alleviate hardship across the ages.

* RICHARD BULMER FUND

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?

  • Supports young people under 25 years with their musical development.
  • Supports blind and partially sighted, with emphasis on younger age group.
THE TROW FUND

Open for applications all year.

  • A fund established to provide on-going financial support for the Trow, built to represent the county of Herefordshire in the Diamond Jubilee Royal Pageant 2012.

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS OUTSIDE HEREFORDSHIRE

COMIC/SPORT RELIEF: HEREFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE

Open for applications on a case-by-case basis.

Who can apply?

Covers Herefordshire and Shropshire

Grants are used to support projects where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is given to small locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of needs in their communities.

JOANIES FUND

Open for applications: January, May, September of each year

Who can apply?

Covers England and Wales.

The Fund supports organisations working with young people aged 11-25, with a focus on projects that lead to employment, accreditation, further education and integration. Applicants should offer innovation and an entrepreneurial approach, and strong evidence of consultation with young people in developing the organisation’s service.

* JUDITH SHRIMPTON FUND

Open for applications all year: case-by case-basis

Who can apply?

  • Organisations in Herefordshire and the West Midlands area, working to relieve needs of people with disabilities of any kind.
  • Individuals may also benefit from the fund, subject to referral from an organisation, or following appropriate enquiry by HCF into their need.
TEME VALLEY YOUTH PROJECT

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?

A fund which supports youth activities and community programmes which help young people in need, hardship and distress to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities, enabling them to achieve full maturity as individuals and members of society.

  • Covers parishes in South Shropshire and North Herefordshire.
  • Age group of beneficiaries 11-25 years.
YOUTH SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT

Open for applications all year: case-by-case basis

Who can apply?

 Organisations that promote youth activities:

  • To increase participation in voluntary activity by young people from lower socio-economic groups, or people who might not usually take part in social action.
  • Embed skills in young people.
  • Demonstrate principles of great youth social action: enhancing young people’s social lives, opportunities to meet new people, longer term connections between volunteers and wider community.

Applicants must have a plan to measure and report positive changes resulting from a project, and demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of a grant.

CONTACT US

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

mail@herefordshirecf.org

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THE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE AT HCF
  1. Our Approach to Complaints

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 Foundation can continue to improve the service we offer is to listen and respond to the views of all our stakeholders, and we view complaints as an opportunity to learn, as well as being the chance to put things right for the person or organisation making the complaint.

Our policy and approach to complaints is:

  • 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 deal with promptly, politely and appropriately.
  • there is an appropriate response – for example, with an explanation, or an apology where we have got things wrong, or information on any action taken etc..
  • a confidential file of all complaints is kept centrally, and all information concerning a complaint will be handled with total discretion.

 

  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 Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer at:

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

E-mail: ceo@herefordshirecf.co.uk

2.3 If the complaint relates to the CEO, the complaint should be made in writing, by letter or in email, to the Chairman of the HCF, Mr Frank Myers, at:

FAO of The Chairman only,
Herefordshire Community Foundation,
The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street,
Hereford HR4 9HP

E-mail: chairman@herefordshirecf.co.uk

  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 – for instance, 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 Board of the Foundation, 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 – for instance, 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 Complaints 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

A complainant can complain 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: charitycommission.gov.uk/publications/cc47.aspx