Thomas Trust Fund

The former Trustees of the Thomas Trust transferred the Trust’s capital to create a bespoke Community Foundation Fund in 2014 and continue to award grants to care for elderly, disabled and blind people in the Godalming area.

Betty Thomas was a forthright lady and very determined that the Trust she intended to set up should be run professionally and fully exercise her wishes and stipulations. Her concerns for the elderly, blind and disabled demonstrated her kindness and desire to assist on a long term basis.

The previous Trustees of the Thomas Trust are most encouraged at the enhanced awareness and profile brought to the charitable aspirations of Betty Thomas through having the privilege of being part of a larger and prestigious organisation in the Community Foundation for Surrey

Dr Chris Jagger MBE

Thomas Trust Fund Panel Member

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We work with existing charitable trusts to manage their local grants programmes and are also endorsed by the Charity Commission for our work reinvigorating dormant or ineffective charitable trusts.

UK Community Foundations have worked closely with the Charity Commission to develop the understanding and expertise required to handle trust transfers and mergers effectively.  Over the past 10 years, Community Foundations have provided a safe haven for over 3,000 trust funds with assets totaling £35 million.

The Community Foundation for Surrey has broad charitable objects and is therefore well-placed to ensure that future grant-making is true to the spirit of original objects. Trustees can stay fully involved as panel members, making decisions on future grants, if they wish, while handing over the legal responsibility of managing the trust to the Community Foundation.

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Tell us what you want to do, and how much you would like to apply for. The EOI is designed to save you time and provide us with a little more information about your funding needs prior to making a full application.

The grants team will then review your EOI against our fund criteria and advise you if we can invite you forward to make a full application.

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