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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 children and young people facing mental health issues
  • Support arts delivery and innovative cultural projects
  • Support vulnerable families particularly during economic crisis
  • Support local sports clubs and organisations to empower young people to become more active and improve their wellbeing
  • Support positive initiatives to develop community cohesion or address early-stage crime prevention
  • 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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“With the invaluable support from WCF, our ‘Multinational Walk and Talk’ project has become a beacon of community unity. Together, we’re fostering friendships, dispelling myths, and reducing social isolation. The positive impact is palpable, creating resilient and connected Eastern European communities in Worcestershire. WCF’s commitment to community empowerment has been transformative, making a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve.”

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“We are immensely grateful for Worcestershire Community Foundation’s unwavering support and genuine interest in our charity. WCF’s interest in our work, their responsiveness, and their belief in our vision have been instrumental in our success. We look forward to continuing our partnership and are truly fortunate to have such a supportive ally in Worcestershire Community Foundation. Thank you for being a vital part of our journey toward a more inclusive and vibrant community.”

Helen Gill, CEO, The Monday Night Club
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“We cannot express enough what your help has meant. Our usual routes of donations dried up and without the financial support we wouldn’t have been able to continue. Your contribution to this has been so helpful for us.”

Catshill Food Bank
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“Thank you once again in enabling our charity to run this project. Your support had gone a long way in meeting the needs of most vulnerable and marginalised residents in Worcestershire.”

Afghanistan and Central Asian Association
Ben Bennett, Operations Manager, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust Image

“It is always fabulous to work in partnership with Worcestershire Community Foundation, who fully understand the local voluntary sector, how it works and who delivers what.”

Ben Bennett, Operations Manager, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust

Our Stories

New mentors start their induction training

22nd February 2024

Mentor Link recruits new mentors in marginalised communities

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Stepway

21st February 2024

Stepway – Community Garden Pilot Project

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Latest News & Events

  • News

    9th April 2024

    Charles Moyle appointed new High Sheriff of Worcestershire

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  • Stepway

    News

    21st February 2024

    Grant Supports Stepway’s Veterans’ Community Garden Project

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Our Partners

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Wyre Forest & South Worcestershire Nightstop Image
Our Way Self Advocacy Image
Worcester Theatres Image
Oasis Community Hub Warndon Image
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St Paul’s Hostel Image
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Alzheimer’s Society Image
New College Worcester Image
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Caring Hands In the Vale Image
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Catshill Baptist Church Image
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The Wyre Forest Hospice Image
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West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre Image
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Worcestershire County Council Image
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Worcester City Council Image
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The Monday Night Club Image
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Tampon Tax Community Fund Image
High Sheriff Image
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Redditch Boxing Academy Image
Pershore Riverside Youth Centre Image
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Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Image
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Community First Image
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Bradley Haynes Law Image
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