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What we do

We are a charitable hub for the whole county – dedicated to helping to ensure that Worcestershire is a better place to live and work. We are passionate in supporting communities to not just survive but thrive. We champion local causes, raise funds and provide a voice for the voluntary and community sector. We are part of a network of 47 national place-based Community Foundations which provide invaluable support to communities all over the UK by raising and giving out substantial funds every year. Over the past 30 years, our network has given out grants of over £1 billion to causes that really need help.

See our short video highlighting some of the projects we supported in 2023.

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About WCF

We are an independent charity which strengthens local communities by providing funding for community-led projects throughout Worcestershire.

WCF was established in 2003 to help people and organisations give to essential causes where there is real need. We work with funders to deliver innovative funding programmes to charities and community groups.

Our knowledge of the sector means that we know where funding can make or break a community initiative; we like to make greater impact by supporting smaller, lesser known charities who often struggle to be financially sustainable, ensuring our awards create lasting change.

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Our Impact

£ 2308100 +

Total grants
(2020/2023)

£ 808091

Total grants (2022/2023)

£ 4927

Average Grant size

164 +

Number of grants
(2022/2023)

We hold funds which give out grants to support areas of the county that really need help. We work with leading social impact organisations and delivery groups to target our funding and make maximum impact. We currently distribute funds which:

  • Support isolated older people in rural areas
  • Help young people become empowered and engaged with their local community
  • Support women and girls in challenging circumstances who wish to regain control of their lives
  • Help people facing mental health issues
  • Support arts delivery and innovative cultural projects
  • Support local sports clubs and organisations to empower people to become more active and improve their wellbeing
  • Support positive initiatives to develop community cohesion or address early-stage crime prevention
  • Support vulnerable families during economic crisis and provide vital supplies (including food & goods)
  • Support work in areas of disability, poor health, abuse, homelessness, isolation, minority groups, poverty & fuel poverty, refugees, schools, veterans and volunteer networks.

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Testimonials

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“We are thrilled that our pupils have had the opportunity to create a stunning piece of artwork supported by the ‘Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’ to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee. This will remain in our school for many years to come. The PTA have been instrumental in ensuring our children have this experience to develop their skills and work together. It now takes pride of place in our School.”

Mrs Reeves-Walters Executive Head Teacher at Far Forest Primary School
Charlotte Layland, Fundraising and Communications Manager, Worcestershire YMCA Limited Image

“We are extremely thankful for the funding we have received and it has made a huge impact on our young people who have taken part as well as their local communities.”

Charlotte Layland, Fundraising and Communications Manager, Worcestershire YMCA Limited
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“The support of Worcestershire Community Foundation has provided accurate and timely support, enabling KDYT to continue to deliver services to young people and the wider community, from Youth House and in the local community.”

Trustee, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust
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“We are proud to continue the work of Saucy, which not only provides high quality locally sourced LGBTQ+ talent for Worcester Theatre’s audiences but paid opportunities for queer artists. LGBTQ+ awareness is another aspect of the work, of which we are proud. The Awareness training will provide businesses and organisations with information on the LGBTQ+ community, legal obligations, diversity and equality. We hope that this will encourage community cohesion and tolerance.”

Worcester Theatres – Inclusive Communities Fund grantee
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“Thank you for this funding which has afforded many people opportunities to leave their homes, meet in a safe place and feel valued which has increased their confidence and wellbeing. All of the initiatives have reduced feelings of anxiety. Smiles from people are worth a more than words.”

Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service

Our Stories

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Our Partners

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