Funding Local Causes

Providing essential and timely support to disadvantaged children and families in Hertfordshire

For over 20 years, Hertfordshire Children's Fund has been providing effective, practical support to disadvantaged children and their families in Hertfordshire by providing grants of up to £500 for household essentials such as washing machines, cookers and beds to ensure they could keep their children healthy, safe and clean.
The Fund works alongside health visitors, social workers and other professionals to step in where most other sources of funding have been exhausted, making sure that each family's needs are properly met.

Applications come through the professionals who know of the children and can verify their situations. During the assessment and decision making process, consideration is given to the applicant’s ability to finance the item themselves, whether a grant for the item is the most appropriate way to help and whether they need to be signposted to other organisations for further support e.g. budgeting, benefits advice, advocacy services etc.

The Fund relies heavily on contributions from individuals, groups and businesses in order to continue to support those in need. If you would like to donate to the fund, take part in a sponsored event or organise your own fundraiser in support of the Hertfordshire Children’s Fund, we’d love to hear from you!

If you would like to donate to the Fund you can do so via the Fund's online giving page , alternatively you can make a bank transfer to or Account number 28592379, sort code 60-10-39 or send a cheque made payable to 'Hertfordshire Community Foundation' and post it to: Hertfordshire Children's Fund, HCF, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0RN

Click here to read the story of a family we were able to help.

If you would like to make an online donation to the Hertfordshire Children's Fund please click below

Watch this short interview with a grant recipient to see the difference our Children's Fund grants make

I just wanted to message to express my gratitude and appreciation for everything your team has done to support me. Without the grant I would not have been able to buy a new bed frame and mattress for my son. My son for many weeks has been unable to sleep in his bedroom due to a pest issue which required us to dispose most of his belongings, however thanks your team my son is now able to sleep comfortably in a bed. For all the reasons stated above I sincerely thank you for everything you have done to help and support me and my family.
Children's Fund beneficiary
Thanks so much. This means so much to the family, I had been so worried that they would not have any beds to sleep on. So this is amazing. Really appreciate the support.
Resettlement Worker
The little boy was so pleased with his bed. He was really delighted and mum was very happy to have a functioning fridge. Thank you so much HCF.
Support Worker, Targeted Youth Support Team
'J' has asked me to pass on her thanks to you for the grant enabling her to purchase a new washing machine. It arrived yesterday and she's delighted with it (in her words "I'm so happy!") so thank you to you all at HCF for making that possible.
Debt Coach
Thank you so much for your support in this matter, the family are moving into their new home this weekend, Mum has already taken delivery of the beds and built them ready for the children to sleep in tonight - the children are very excited. Mum was so appreciative of your help.
Pastoral Care Manager
Finally we can eat what we want. I am soooo happy. Thank you for this great help and support.
Children's Fund beneficiary
Thank you so much for the cooker. The mum is so happy she cried!
Family Support Worker
Thank you so much!
I know that this will be such a big help for the family in need.

This is an amazing grant!
Primary Support Services Teacher - NHESC
Finally we can eat what we want. I am soooo happy. Thank you for this great help and support.
Children's Fund beneficiary
Thank you so much for the voucher… the family were so happy to be awarded this. It has really helped mum, has taken a lot of pressure off mum.
Family Resettlement Worker
"Thank you so much for your support – I know 2 little boys who are going to sleep a lot better now."
Trust Officer, Dacorum Community Trust
Thank you so much for your support, it has made a massive difference to the lives of the children and family
Family Intervention Worker
The fridge freezer is lovely and the family were very appreciative – especially in this hot weather.
Thank you for your support.
Family Support Worker
Thank you so much for helping this family, the child will no longer be sleeping on the floor, thank you.
Senior Family Support Worker
I’d just like to express how amazing it is that we community groups and charities can support parents and children in need through the support of the HCF fund – it’s amazing!

When I called the mum to let her know we’ve managed to source funding and have a new oven on order for delivery on Saturday, she cried with relief and happiness, and couldn’t thank me enough.

I’m so grateful we can help so many people in need with your support, thank you!
Amanda, Charity Founder
I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of the family I am working with. They were over joyed with the bed and mattress funding by you and wanted me to pass on their gratitude.

The child said it made her Christmas and messaged me saying “omg thank you sooooo much!!”.
Social Worker, Central Watford & Bushey Family Safeguarding Team

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