Young People
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Young People

supporting the range of challenges faced by young people

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Young People

supporting the range of challenges faced by young people

Wellbeing
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Wellbeing

Advance people's wellbeing, physical and mental health and safety

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Wellbeing

Advance people's wellbeing, physical and mental health and safety

Equity & Inclusion
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Equity & Inclusion

Reduce disadvantage and increase access to services, strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity

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Equity & Inclusion

Reduce disadvantage and increase access to services, strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity

Applying for Funding

The Community Foundation for Surrey manages over 80 grants Funds to support local charities and community and voluntary groups in Surrey whose charitable work benefits our disadvantaged communities. We welcome applications from both new and established groups and also have three Funds that award grants to support individuals. We are primarily here to support:

· Surrey communities facing disadvantage.

· Local and small grassroots organisations (income under £100,000).

· Local medium sized Surrey-based organisations which typically lack the capacity to attract support from national funders (income up to £1M). Larger local organisations are eligible to apply.

· Organisations which can demonstrate that lived experience is reflected in the management and/or governance of the organisation.

Please see here for a full list of what we do and do not fund.

 


Arts Council England “Let’s Create” Jubilee Fund

The Arts Council England “Let’s Create” Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Applicants must partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation to help deliver their project. Find out more here!

 

Winter 2021 – Crisis Funding

We are currently focused on supporting applications providing a crisis response and we will be prioritising applications for projects dealing with urgent issues in Surrey particularly:

Support for organisations tackling the increasing impact of debt and poverty e.g. measures which improve the sustainability of food banks, or increase the ability of debt advisors to provide support. Details of our Poverty Fund can be found here.

Emergency requests from previous grantees facing a financial crisis where a short-term award can help to bridge a gap.


In 2022 our application rounds will be themed:

Young People – supporting the range of challenges faced by young people.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 25th April 2022.

Successful projects will receive funding in July/August.

Wellbeing – Advance people’s wellbeing, physical and mental health and safety.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 25th July 2022.

Successful projects will receive funding in October/November.

Equity & Inclusion – Reduce disadvantage and increase access to services, strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 10th October 2022.

Successful applicants will receive funding in January/February 2023.

*Further information on the types of projects supported can be found by clicking each theme title above

Within each funding round we are also interested in helping groups build capacity and environmental engagement projects which address social welfare or community need.

Further Funding

Alternative sources of funding

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We encourage every group to look at a variety of potential sources of funding and regularly update our list of external funders to help you find the one that matches your needs perfectly

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Alternative sources of funding

We encourage every group to look at a variety of potential sources of funding and regularly update our list of external funders to help you find the one that matches your needs perfectly

Funding surgeries

Funding Surgeries

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If you would like some advice and support with your funding request, you can book an appointment to meet with a member of our Grants Team. This is a chance to have a 1-to-1 appointment with a Grants Officer to discuss your funding needs.

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Funding Surgeries

If you would like some advice and support with your funding request, you can book an appointment to meet with a member of our Grants Team. This is a chance to have a 1-to-1 appointment with a Grants Officer to discuss your funding needs.

How to apply to the Community Foundation for Surrey

Applying starts with submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) – one form to access all Donor Funds. Complete an EOI by clicking the link below and the Grants Team will be pleased to advise you on whether we can invite an application. Please read the Eligibility Guidance 2022.

We would like to hear from you about your funding needs at any time; however, to be considered for a particular round please submit your EOI at least 2 weeks before the application deadlines.

For guidance, the average grant size from our Donor Funds is £6,000 – £7,000, and we may be able to secure in excess of £10,000 on occasion. Please enter the total you require for your project in the form below; we truly wish to know what your organisation needs. If we can identify a suitable Donor but feel we are unlikely to be able to secure the required amount, we will instead invite a lower amount and inform you of this. Please note, grants in excess of £15,000 from our Donor Funds are possible but unusual.

 

Help with your application

We have produced guidance on how to apply, where to seek additional help and how to overcome potential issues with the application form here.

We have devised the themes so that there is considerable crossover with the type of projects that will be funded each round. We expect that many groups will be successful in securing funding in multiple rounds. For example, a group focused on improving the mental health of under 25s might wish to apply in both the “Young Persons” and “Wellbeing” rounds. Whereas a group tackling isolation amongst older people might like to apply for both the “Wellbeing” and “Equity and Inclusion” rounds.

If you require funding for issues other than crisis response or for projects that do not fit within our themed rounds we still wish to hear from you and welcome your EOI. Every EOI we receive helps us understand what groups genuinely need and our Grants Team can advise you of the most suitable funding options that you may not have considered.

Steps to a Successful Application

This process can take around 3 months from our application deadline.

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    You submit an Expression of Interest Form, which is reviewed by our Grants Officers
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    You’re invited to submit a full application for funding
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    Your application is assessed. You may be contacted by our Grants Team for further information during this time
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    Your application goes to our Grants Policy Group where it is decided whether your application can be put to our Donors
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    Your application is sent to one or more of our Donor Funds who will then decide if they would like to support your project
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    Our Grants Team let you know you’ve been successful. Time to celebrate and promote your grant!
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    You report on the outcomes of your grant. The information you provide supports your future applications and inspires other to give to local projects
A quick response to groups supporting evacuees from Afghanistan

We’re proud of our reputation of responding quickly to local emerging needs. Local groups have reported large increases in demand for their services following the arrival of evacuees from Afghanistan. The Community Foundation for Surrey has responded quickly and set up the Afghan Evacuees Fund and we are pleased to announce that the funding has already been awarded to 3 local groups who are working hard to support evacuees from Afghanistan.

These are:

Big Leaf Foundation

Epsom and Ewell Refugee Network in partnership with the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank

Surrey Care Trust

These groups will use the funding to provide essential supplies, English language and cultural training and bespoke support to individuals who have arrived from Afghanistan. Thank you to everyone who donated to this fund.

Our grant-making


  • 2021/22 Awards to date

  • 210 grants

  • £1,611,964

  • Total awarded in grants (since establishing)
    £17,596,059
  • Total number of grants awarded (since establishing)
    4,550
  • Applications received this year that have been funded
    75%

How our grants make a difference


Sanctuary for Survivors

Domestic abuse charity, Your Sanctuary, has been providing lifesaving support to survivors of domestic abuse since 1977. The Community Foundation for Surrey is a long-term supporter of Your Sanctuary, having awarded 19 grants to the local charity over the past 11 years. READ MORE

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Building relationships and growing with our young people

east to west is a Surrey based charity supporting over 1,000 local children, young people and their families. We learn how their effective mental health support is making a difference across Surrey. READ MORE

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Coming together to address Domestic Abuse in Surrey

Surrey is a “leading example” of a local authority that recognises the critical need of safe refuge spaces for women fleeing domestic abuse. Find out how, together with local partners, we are supporting this prevalent Surrey issue. READ MORE

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