In 1995, following the success of several Community Foundations across the UK, Heart of England Community Foundation was established on Valentine’s Day.

The Trustees completed a feasibility study, the results confirmed their confidence in developing a Foundation for communities in Coventry & Warwickshire.

During 1995/96, we received a bursary of £3,000 from the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and began long term relationships with our corporate patron; Peugeot Motor Company and local businesses such as Orbit Group. That year we awarded just £2,000 to community projects.

Since then we’ve distributed over £15 million locally, benefitting an estimated 1 million people and we continue to support projects, services and activities reaching some of the most deprived communities in our region. Our endowment fund has grown to £8.9 million providing a legacy for communities.

Originally set up to support communities in Coventry in Warwickshire, in 2015 we formally expanded to cover the whole of the West Midlands county.