Application Deadlines

14th November 2017

Chief Executive - Vacancy

From financial year 2018-19 the Community Foundation will operate quarterly deadlines for our main grants programme. The deadlines will be:

30th March 2018

29th June 2018

28th September 2018

28th December 2018

Expressions of Interest are accepted at any time

Youth Social Action Fund

10th January 2017

The Youth Social Action Fund is offering grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in Surrey.

Grants, of up to £5,000, are available to fund additional social action opportunities for young people.  The fund is not to cover general youth club provision nor to fund other activities /events that ‘merely’  have young people involved.  The fund is to cover targeted programmes of activities and support for young people all aimed at developing their skills and confidence as volunteers in their community.

For this fund there is no requirement to complete an expression of interest. More information and the application form can be found on the Youth Social Action Fund page.  The first deadline was 3rd February 2017 a further round for 2017 will be announced in the next few months..


Tandridge Voluntary Service Council & CFS FUNDING SURGERY Wednesday 18 January

3rd January 2017

Kate Peters

Does your group need funding?  If so come along and meet the Grants Manager for Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) to discuss your funding needs.

Tandridge Voluntary Service Council and CFS are running a FUNDING SURGERY on Wednesday 18 January 2017 12.30pm- 2.30pm at Oxted Community Hub, First Floor above Oxted Library, 14 Gresham Road, Oxted. RH8 0BQ

Did you know…..?

  • Tandridge charities and voluntary groups are not applying for funding that could be theirs!
  • 65% of groups who submit an expression of interest go on to receive funding
  • 85% of applications are successful

Following a short presentation from Kate Peters, Grants Manager for CFS there will be an opportunity to book a ‘one-to-one’ chat with her to discuss your funding needs.

To book a place compete the attached form and return to by Wednesday 11 January.

Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) Community Fund Launched

17th October 2016

The Charles Russell Speechlys' (CRS) Community Fund launched

The Charles Russell Speechlys’ (CRS) Community Fund launched at Charles Russell Speechlys’ inaugural networking event for charities in the South East, “Charity Connect” in September. The fund has been set up to “to support young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations.”

Skillway and The Boileroom Originate were the first two recipients of grants from the Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) Community Fund.  Godalming-based Skillway (Warehouse Christian Trust) enables young people to raise their self-esteem and motivation through apprentice-style teaching of manual skills. The Boileroom Originate CIC in Guildford provides support for a small tour by young musicians to three local youth clubs in deprived areas. Both charities received £500 from the newly launched fund.

Sally Ashford, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys said,

 “We are thrilled to have launched the CRS Community Fund and to be able to support such positive initiatives in our local community to help young people to develop new skills and raise their aspirations.

“As a firm, we feel very strongly about the importance of giving back to the community and we have set up a panel of eight staff who all volunteered to get involved with the CRS Community Fund. We plan to meet on a quarterly basis to review submissions and award donations. A number of the volunteers also hope to visit the charities we are supporting and learn more about how we are supporting them.”

If you are a Surrey-based charity which enables young people to widen their horizons and aspirations and are looking for funding visit our application pages now.

Pitstop Fund launched to relieve poverty in Mole Valley

30th September 2016

Chief Executive - Vacancy

The newly established Pitstop Fund aims to relieve poverty among people in Mole Valley and advance education by the provision of training in basic life skills and health matters to help them become independent.

The fund will make grants of up to £5,000 available to support a wide range of activities addressing social isolation and mental health issues.

If you have a project we could help, complete an Expression of Interest today.

Community Foundation for Surrey’s Executive Director Awarded MBE in Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours

13th June 2016

The Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey, Wendy Varcoe, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours list. The Honour has been awarded to recognise Wendy’s dedication and hard work in supporting local communities across Surrey.

Wendy said

 It has been a privilege to have been involved with building a Community Foundation for Surrey and to have had the opportunity to work with such an inspiring and dedicated team. Building the Community Foundation has been a joint effort over 10 years with many people involved. I would particularly like to recognise and thank our Founding Chairman, Professor Patrick Dowling, our current Chairman, David Frank, and our amazing Donors, Trustees, Staff and supporters.

Wendy was involved in initiating and developing the Community Foundation for Surrey and was inspired by the need to build permanent community resources through local philanthropy. Wendy said “This is about local people supporting other local people and helping to build thriving communities that are so vital to the quality of people’s lives. The funding so generously given by our donors supports projects at the very local level across the width of need and ensures funding gets right where it is needed to help those in most need and to change lives”.

Over the past 10 years the Foundation has inspired Surrey families, businesses, trusts and individuals to come together and invest in their local communities now and for generations to come. Since it was established in 2005, the Community Foundation has awarded over £6 million in grants to local voluntary groups, community projects and individuals across the width of community need in Surrey and has built permanent community resources of £10 million which generates on-going funding in perpetuity.  Last year alone, the Community Foundation awarded over £1 million in grants to local communities across the county.

David Frank, the Community Foundation’s Chairman, said

It is very appropriate that Wendy’s work in the local community should be recognised during our tenth anniversary year. Wendy has worked tirelessly since the inception of the Foundation to promote local philanthropy and the results that she has achieved to date speak for themselves. She has been an inspiration to the whole team and I am very glad that this has now been publicly acknowledged.

Wendy  said

The Foundation has continued to build year on year and we have ambitious plans to help even more of Surrey’s communities going forward.

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