We raise funds for, and make grants to, local charities and community groups addressing identified need across Berkshire.  

We use our local knowledge to connect supporters to the groups and communities they want to help, making sure their donations are effective and bring the greatest benefit to those most in need.  Last year we gave over £900,000 to a wide range of local projects, addressing issues such as child poverty, unemployment, social isolation and homelessness.


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Vital Signs 2016
Impact Report
  • “Diligence is always needed, as great projects, indeed great communities, aren't formed overnight."
    Joe McKenna
    Executive Director of BCF, 1993-1998

WORKING SMART TO REDUCE LONELINESS – Unemployed women in Reading are benefitting from a £5k Funding Boost granted to Smart Works.

Smart Works Reading has received £5,000 from the Berkshire Community Foundation – A Life Less Lonely fund. The grant will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work, combatting the loneliness and isolation they often feel whilst battling unemployment. A recent report by Public Health England stated that 50% of unemployed people are socially isolated.


Join us to launch the Brighter Berkshire and Berkshire Community Foundation partnership!

BCF are delighted to join forces with Brighter Berkshire – 2017 Year of Mental Health. Following the release of the recent Vital Signs report and the announcement that our 2017 focus is around mental health issues, we look forward to working with Brighter Berkshire to make a lasting diference. Together we will help to deliver a legacy fund for local mental health charities.


BCF and Longleigh Foundation team up to tackle loneliness in Reading

BCF are delighted to form a strategic partnership with Reading-based Longleigh Foundation, a new grant-giving independent national charity that funds community projects supporting vulnerable people, to tackle loneliness across the county. The new partnership will see a jointly funding a community project aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation among adults in Reading.

The partnership will see Ascot supplement its existing charitable efforts, which have been headlined recently by raising over £750,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund over the last two years, with a specific focus on children and young people in the Berkshire area.


West Berkshire Therapy Centre

The West Berkshire Therapy Centre, based in Thatcham, has been providing exercise and therapy to people with mobility problems since 2014. With funding from Berkshire Community Foundation, the centre can continue to help over 230 people a week to be more active, safe and independent.

Woodley Foodbank

In the last year, around 4,800 families or individuals, who didn’t know how or when they could feed themselves, were able to get
emergency food parcels from Woodley Foodbank.

Beat Routes

Beat Routes, based in Slough, gives young people a stimulating and positive environment to help them see that they can choose
a positive future. Through music and creative workshops, young people are inspired to learn and work on creative projects.

Hurst Bowling Club

Thursdays at Hurst Bowling Club, is full of noise, laughter and talking. It’s the day when the ‘Thursday Club’ gets together giving
the elderly, isolated and lonely members of Hurst a much needed opportunity to enjoy some company, conversation and of course, a game of bowls.

The Beehive Foundation

The Beehive Foundation aims to provide opportunities and experiences for children and young people facing social exclusion by providing unique and bespoke opportunities and experiences to develop self-esteem.

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