£1.4 million awarded to support Surrey communities

9th April 2019

We are delighted to share that we have distributed £1.4 million to support local communities this year. It is thanks to our generous donors that we are able to award this level of funding to voluntary organisations across Surrey!

As we begin a new financial year, we take this opportunity to celebrate another year of significant growth for the Community Foundation. The figures below show the growing community of philanthropic individuals wanting to make a real and lasting difference across Surrey.

 In the year from April 2018 to March 2019

Thanks to the generous support of our donors we have awarded over £1.4 million in grants, more than in any other year since the Community Foundation was established in 2005.

David Frank, Chairman at the Community Foundation for Surrey said: 

Last year was another successful one in the history of the Community Foundation. Not only were grants also at a record high and amounted to £1.43 million for the year, but more than £2 million was raised for local philanthropy, much of it from existing donors. Overall over £24 million has been raised for local causes since the Community Foundation opened its doors 14 years ago.

This £2 million has been generated for the benefit of Surrey communities. This figure includes new donations into endowment funds, as well as the income generated by these longer-term funds and made available for grant-making, plus donations provided for immediate grant-making.

Our grants have positively impacted on the lives of 296 organisations and 151 individuals across the county.

Laura Thurlow, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Surrey said:

While we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved, there is still much more work to be done. Sadly, last year, we were unable to support over £1.5 million of requests from community groups working to make our county a better place.

Our aim is to encourage and inspire more local people to join our growing family of donors. We offer a range of giving options and enable donors to give to the areas of importance to them and causes close to their heart.

Motivated by the wonderful work that local charities and community groups are doing across Surrey, we hope that you will join us in making 2019/20 our most successful year to date!