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.
- 21 years making a difference in Herefordshire
- £6m raised & donated to local causes
- £900,482 grants made in 2021/22
- 340 community grants given in 2021/22
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.
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