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Hertfordshire Matters

Our Needs Analysis for Hertfordshire Communities

In 2016 Hertfordshire Community Foundation published Hertfordshire Matters, our needs analysis that indicates the health and vitality of the county across broad themes and helped to identify significant trends and issues that are affecting our communities.
The report was produced in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire County Council Community Information and Intelligence Unit.

The research is helping us to:

  • Identify priorities for grant making

  • Inform our donors and inspire local philanthropy


  • It is also a useful tool for groups making evidenced-based funding applications.

    The full report is over 100 pages long. There is an accompanying Highlights report which includes feedback from the community survey which you may have taken part in.

    Hertfordshire Matters: Full 2016 Report
    Hertfordshire Matters: Highlights Report 2016
    Results of the Hertfordshire Matters survey
    Strong Communities
    2017 report Strong Communities



    Strong Communities



    We published Strong Communities earlier this year - our first interim report. It contains data, feedback from our communities, links to further information and snapshots of some of our current activities which are helping to improve community cohesion in Hertfordshire. This forms part of our commitment to understanding the needs, challenges and opportunities in our county and we will be publishing themed reports each year.

    Our ongoing research and learning provide us with the resources to support our quest to make sure that our grantmaking is as effective as possible and that the money is going where it is needed most.




    Please read, share and discuss these reports and let us know what you think!

    To keep up to date with Hertfordshire community data click here for access to HCC Community Intelligence team.


    Public Health Profiles

    Keep up to date with public health 'snapshots' in your area, updated each year with key statistics

Catch up with our latest news

How well do you know Hertfordshire?
Hertfordshire is a county of contrasts - there’s much to be proud of but still much to do. .
Harpenden Building Society agree multi- year funding donation with St Albans youth counselling charity
Harpenden Building Society has agreed a three year funding support programme with the St Albans based youth counselling charity, Youth Talk. .
Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) grants over £5000 to a local youth bereavement support charity.
The funding allocation is the latest example of Herts Community Foundation's success in bringing together local businesses that care with local causes that matter. .
PCC Supports Youth Bereavement Education Project
“Losing people close to me made me feel a huge loss of control of everything around me. One day I can be perfectly fine and there are others when I feel overwhelmed.