Bourne Free Community Fund offers financial assistance to projects and organisations which support the local LGBT+ community

Are you a local LGBT+ charity/organisation or an organisation who supports the LGBT+ community within its catchment who needs help or support with funding?  

Launched in November 2019, the Bourne Free Community Fund provides financial assistance to projects and organisations which support the local LGBT+ community.

The fund had a start-up amount derived from previous donations but will be primarily funded by a percentage of proceeds from all Bourne Free events and any other donations it is able to attract. This way, the supporters of Bourne Free can directly contribute to and assist projects within our local community.

Our previous rounds of funding have seen us support Bournemouth Samaritans, The Dorset Children’s Foundation, GALOP (lgbt+ domestic abuse charity) and the LGBT+ Dorset Equality Network. 

Patsy Hallmey from The Dorset Children’s Foundation said – 

 “We were delighted to gain the support from our local pride charity ‘Bourne Free’. We help and support many lgbt+ families who have sick and disabled children and the money will directly help improve their lives.”

The Bourne Free Community Fund judging panel meet quarterly throughout the year. They assess applications and decide how the funds should be allocated. The panel consists of five independent individuals – Martyn Underhill, Romulo Bernardino, Rinske Kok, Jack Cannon and Bernadette MacDonald-Raggett.

Louise Clarke, Bourne Free Trustee said – 

“We are absolutely delighted as a charity to be in a position where we can provide financial support to very worthy causes. We are passionate about supporting the local lgbt+ community and making a real difference. It is also fantastic that the people who have supported Bourne Free and our events, have directly contributed to enabling this to happen.”

Local groups and organisations can apply for up to £1000 worth of funding by using the following link – 

http://form.123formbuilder.com/5600463/community-fund-application-form

You can also email – Louise@bournefree.co.uk