What We Have Funded


Herefordshire Community Foundation has an expert understanding of the issues facing the county and how best to deliver funding to tackle these challenges. To achieve real impact, we work together with many partners, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, as well as statutory bodies and our generous donors.

Statistics

  • 21 years making a difference in Herefordshire
  • £6.5m raised & donated to local causes
  • £812,733 grants made in 2022/23
  • 223 community grants given in 2022/23

Connecting local donors with local causes

We enable local donors to support their local community. There are lots of ways to give, from donating to a one-off appeal, through to setting up a long-term fund with specific aims.

Building local funds for long-lasting support

We help donors establish long-term community assets (endowment funds) which effectively safeguards monies for the future in order to provide ongoing financial support to the county’s communities.

Previous Grants Awarded

Herefordshire Community Foundation is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants.

360Giving is an initiative which helps UK funders to publish their data in an open and standard format online.

Take a look at the grants we have awarded by clicking on the link below which will open a new window.

This work (i.e. the spreadsheet of grants awarded) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, click here . This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to Herefordshire Community Foundation. We believe that with better information, grant makers can be more effective and strategic decision-makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. To view Herefordshire Community Foundation’s Open Data Policy, click here.

Responding to issues

We are swift to respond in times of crisis and set up appeals to help those in need. We also recognise long-standing issues, such as fuel poverty, and are committed year-on-year to raising funds to make a difference to vulnerable households.

  • Surviving Winter Appeal
    Raising funds to help vulnerable households cope with energy costs since 2011.
  • Flood Appeal
    Set up in partnership with the Hereford Times to support individuals, community groups and charities affected by local floods
  • Help for Refugees Appeal, 2022
    Established in response to the war in Ukraine to assist the resettlement of refugees and encourage community connection

Helping distribute national funds

We are regularly commissioned by other funding bodies to make grants locally on their behalf. The largest programmes we’ve distributed recently include:

  • Household Support Fund, Herefordshire Council & Government 2022/23
    Helping vulnerable households including disadvantaged families with young children, the elderly and the disabled, to access grants for energy bills, water bills and essentials, such as cookers.
  • Let’s Create Fund on behalf of Arts Council England 2021/22
    Distributing £28k to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee through cultural activities, from a creative picnic and community concert to street parties, art exhibitions and a 10ft lion puppet.
  • Covid recovery Funding from Herefordshire Council
    Distributing £473,150 to help communities recover from the impact of covid-19. Supported initiatives ranging from local green spaces and growing projects to mental health services and creative therapies.
  • Covid Relief Funding from the National Emergencies Trust 2020/21
    Distributing £380,617 in covid-related emergency relief to charities and community groups across the county.  The funding was used to support local food projects, digitisation of services, PPE, food boxes, mental health support, money advice and many other vital services to help those in need.

Enabling charitable organisations to easily set up funds

Organisations with charitable motives can make use of our know-how to easily set up their own funds. We navigate the legal and governance requirements on their behalf, so they can concentrate on distributing funds. Our expertise means they can proceed, safe in the knowledge that everything is being managed properly. Examples of projects we have supported in this way include:

  • Logistics Aid, 2022
  • Laptop2kids campaign during the covid-19 lockdown, 2020
  • Knife Angel Hereford, 2020