Funds Available

The Foundation manages a range of funding programmes including those for our own Fund Holders and others on behalf of external organisations. Below is a list of all the funding programmes that are currently available. If you’re not sure which one is best for you, tell us about your project by filling in an expression of interest and we’ll let you know which is most suitable.

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Police & Crime Commissioner's Action Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Police Commissioner's Action Fund to support innovative local schemes which aim to reduce crime and make our communities safer.  Your project will help deliver the aims of the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017-2022) which sets out the priorities for ‘Everyone’s Business’ 

Click here for more information and How to Apply


Youth Social Action Fund Round 2 (open now for applications - deadline 18th October)

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 available

Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefiting local people and places. The aim of the fund is to increase the number of young volunteers to 6 out of 10 by 2020.  The grant can be used for activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. For details of how to apply, the criteria, and the sort of projects we can fund click here for more information. For details of the projects we funded in round 1 click here Open for applications until 18th October


    HCF Small Grants

 Grants of up to £1000 are available through our small grants programme which is designed to support those grassroots organisations (annual income of under £100,000) where £1000 will make a big difference. It may be the costs of hall hire for a year, a new piece of equipment or you might want to send your volunteers on some training. Click here for more information

  HCF Large Grants 

Grants of up to £5000 are available through our large grants programme which is now open to applications from all groups, across a range of issues, throughout the year. However, we will be looking for projects to provide strong evidence of the need for their projects, including, where appropriate, how they are meeting the needs identified within the main Hertfordshire Matters report. Click here for more information


Grants of between £1000 and £10,000 are available through this programme which aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.  Projects  should be run  by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Click here for more information

Older People's Fund for Welwyn Garden City 

Organisations working to support the needs of older people in the Welwyn Garden City area can apply for grants of up to £5000 to help towards running costs, capital projects or service development. Click here for more information


What our supporters have said...

"Thank you for always making our visit to HCF such a pleasure.  I think our delegates are very fortunate to be meeting here"

Meeting room customer - September 2015

"I am very happy to have joined HCF and would like to thank the team for their very warm welcome."


Hannah, Volunteer, June 2015

Joe Heeney, Service Manager at Resolve said: “HCF gave Resolve our very first start up grant in 2008 and has supported Resolve over the last five years with a number of Grants. These have allowed Resolve to deliver an ever growing number and level of services to the many adults we see come through our doors daily in need of support to stop the destructive cycle of alcohol and/or substance misuse.”

Joe Heeney, Service Manager at Resolve

The service that Hertfordshire Community Foundation offers is flexible and cost effective. Our fund has been tailored to our needs and the Foundation's knowledge of local charitable groups helps our staff committee make informed decisions on where we target our support

Paul Marsden, Chief Executive, Harpenden Building Society

The knowledge and expertise of Hertfordshire Community Foundation has been invaluable in setting up and running a family fund, which generates income to benefit in my locality.

The Elliston Family Fund

Hertfordshire Community Foundation has helped Scoots to expand its help within the local community by allowing us to help an additional 3 clients. Michael Smith is a client from Hinxworth currently being helped from Scoots. He said "Being on Scoots has totally changed my life and that of my family. It has given me freedom and independence. I was given incapacity benefit for life 5 years ago and never was expected to work but the last 6 months have totally changed my life. I have a job making ice-cream and I am now totally independent. The scheme is amazing!

Ricky Moore, Scoots L2O Project Manager

The Trustees are incredibly grateful for the timely support provided by Hertfordshire Community Foundation. It is fundamentally important to a small charity that we are able to deliver consistently our specialist provision. Thanks to this grant, two of our senior Lead professionals attended as SCERTS Training Course; one Trustee and one Lead professional attended a NAS (SPELL) Training Course; two of our Teaching Assistants attended Elkland Speech and Language Training; and two Teaching Assistants have progressed to staged Level 2 by attending a Sherborne Development Movement Course. As a result we feel TRACKS is at the cutting edge of research in the field of autism education and tailoring what we learn to the Tracks Approach

Michael Shaw, Tracks

On behalf of everyone at Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled Centre, we are grateful for the grant received from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, which has enabled us to purchase an electric hoist. This will make it easier for our less mobile riders to mount their ponies safely and will reduce the need for lifting by, and risk of injury to, our helpers.

Trevor Mills, Trustee of Gaddesden Place RDA
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