About The Foundation
The Connolly Foundation UK is a major charity in Bedfordshire created to meet the changing needs of young people and older people in the county.
Since beginning in 2007 The Connolly Foundation has awarded more than £12 million in grants and we are proud that these donations have had such a positive impact to many lives in Bedfordshire through education, training, health and social care and mental health and well-being.
In March 2020 we were all faced with a devastating challenge in the form of Covid-19. Life changed for people of all ages in ways that few of us could have imagined. The Connolly Foundation stepped in to support projects and organisations that were working to provide help to individuals and communities affected by the virus.
We support young people by:
Giving grants which enable young people to attend University and gain a good quality degree.
Giving grants to young people to enable them to undergo further education, including apprenticeships.
Giving grants to schools to improve facilities for learning, particularly in STEM subjects.
Making grants to charities and organisations which give young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to make a forward step in life.
We support older people by:
Supporting hospice and end of life care.
Supporting research into diseases that principally affect older people.
Funding research into Alzheimer’s Disease which affects many older people
Supporting community facilities where people can meet and socialise.
So far we have:
Supported students through University studies, working with a growing number of Bedfordshire secondary schools.
Supported apprentices learning trades through Bedford College.
Provided grants to schools to improve learning facilities.
Worked with the charity Youthscape to provide learning spaces for young people.
Provided funding to update community spaces.
Funded research into Alzheimers Disease which affects many older people.
Provided funding for hospices run by Keech, Sue Ryder charities.