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Could your organisation benefit from a grant between £1-5k to help support under 8s and their families in Bedford?

The grants we distributed in our first grants programme focused on three themed areas identified by the Parent Panel:

Supporting fathers with children under 8

Supporting the mental health of children under 8 and/or their parents

Supporting children under 8 with additional needs (SEND) and their families

Bedford Giving has been born out of research with local people about what the needs of the town’s children and families are. Listening to and learning from local people is one of our key principles.

We brought a group of local parents from across Bedford together to form a Parent Panel (see video above). They told us loud and clear about gaps in services and opportunities for children under eight and their parents, and we give them a pot of money to help them do something about it. They then devised a grants programme, all about meeting those gaps.

In the first round of grants the panel distributed nearly £80k.

Find out more

Anyone interested can contact Keith Johnson, Grants Programmes Officer, for an initial discussion on 01234 369525 or email