£57,000 funding available for specialist Surrey projects for vulnerable women and girls

3rd September 2019

Local groups supporting women and girls with issues like period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment can apply for a share of £3.5 million for their vital work.

A further round of the Tampon Tax Community Fund is open to charities and community groups working with women of all ages and backgrounds to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Groups anywhere in the UK can apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £10,000 and the funding can only be used for projects or services that directly benefit women and girls.

Priority will be given to grassroots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions.

Kate Peters, Director of Grants and Impact, Community Foundation for Surrey said:

“Grassroots groups are doing amazing work to support women and girls across Surrey. They often run on a shoestring budget and struggle to compete for the larger funding pots. We’re proud that the Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network recognised by government for our local knowledge. We will use this vital funding to support the groups on the ground making such a big difference to women’s lives.”

Applications will be assessed by the Community Foundation for Surrey and shortlisted projects will go to a local panel who will decide which groups to award funding to. Successful projects are likely to be announced early in 2020.

This is the second time UK Community Foundations has been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to distribute the largest share of Tampon Tax funding. This is money raised through the levy on sanitary products which will be passed to small, local projects, working through the national network of Community Foundations.

To find out more about the Tampon Tax funding available here in Surrey, and how to apply to the fund, click here!

Surrey Mental Health Fund awards second round of grants

2nd September 2019

The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce that we have made 5 new grants from our Surrey Mental Health Fund. The Fund, established in 2018 to support projects which focus on early intervention support for children and young people across the county, has now awarded £93,414 in grants to innovative local projects which will make a long-term difference to people in Surrey.

This second round of grants supported 5 projects to the total value of £39,148, each delivering an important service which fills a gap in local provision and helps young people to access help for mental health issues at an early stage.

The organisations supported are:

  • Discovery Church Trust –  £9,000 funding for an after-school club which supports vulnerable young people of primary school age in Chertsey
  • Matrix Trust – £9,998 funding for transition support for vulnerable pupils moving from Year 6 to Year 7 in Guildford
  • SparkFish – £6,000 awarded for Child Centred Therapy programmes using art and drawing in Reigate and Banstead
  • North Downs Schools Partnership – £4,000 awarded for workshops and debates for young people in schools about social media and mental ill health.
  • University of West London – £10,150.00 awarded for early intervention clubs for young people at risk of mental ill-health in Elmbridge

The groups supported will now start to begin their work and keep us up to date as they deliver impact in local communities.

What’s next for the Surrey Mental Health Fund?

Due to the impressive applications we have received, we are committed to continuing and growing the Surrey Mental Health Fund, and the Fund is now open for new applications, for an outcome in January 2020. If you are part of a charity or community group and believe you meet the criteria below, please visit our Apply for Funding page and submit an Expression of Interest – please note that if we invite a full application this will need to be submitted by the 18th October 2019.

Grants will be made to early intervention projects helping children and young people aged 8-13 develop emotional resilience and self-esteem. Consideration will be given to innovative new ideas and pilot projects as well as existing work.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Encouraging healthier use of Social Media amongst children and young people
  • Self Harm prevention and support
  • Projects led by young people, including activities which raise awareness of youth mental health issues

Grants will typically be between £5,000-£10,000, however smaller projects are welcome to apply.

Please see our Surrey Mental Health Fund page for more information.

Supporting the Mental Health Fund

Thanks to the generosity of local donors, we were able to reach an incredible £100k for year one of the Fund, and we hope to be in a similar position again before the end of the year. Please do get in touch with us if you or your business would like to donate to the Fund, as your gift will join together with others to help have an even greater impact on children and young people in Surrey.

The full list of projects supported since launching the Mental Health Fund:

  • Peer Productions – ‘Hidden’, a performance raising awareness of self-harm, performed at schools across Surrey
  • George Abbott School – ‘Space for Young Minds’ – a series of wellbeing projects developed by student wellbeing Ambassadors
  • Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum – ‘Being Ourselves’, a pilot project exploring issues which affect mental health of BAME young people
  • YMCA East Surrey – Early intervention mental health workshops in schools in East Surrey
  • 40 Degreez Centre – ‘Health Hub’ project, offering dedicated 1:1 and group support sessions for young people
  • Momentum – Specialist counselling for young people who are living with cancer
  • Prospero Theatre – Multi phase project to support the wellbeing of boys at Sunnydown School.
  • Discovery Church Trust –  £9,000 funding for an after-school club which supports vulnerable young people of primary school age in Chertsey
  • Matrix Trust – £9,998 funding for transition support for vulnerable pupils moving from Year 6 to Year 7 in Guildford
  • SparkFish – £6,000 awarded for Child Centred Therapy programmes using art and drawing in Reigate and Banstead
  • North Downs Schools Partnership – £4,000 awarded for workshops and debates for young people in schools about social media and mental ill health.
  • University of West London – £10,150.00 awarded for early intervention clubs for young people at risk of mental ill-health in Elmbridge

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Announcing £10 million awarded to support charities in Surrey

29th July 2019

Local philanthropic charity, the Community Foundation for Surrey have announced that they have now awarded over £10 million in grants to support local charities and community groups.

Dedicated to enabling local philanthropy since establishing in 2005, the Community Foundation work with local donors wanting to give back to their community, by connecting them with charitable projects making a difference within Surrey. Grants are awarded to grassroots groups tackling identified needs in areas of health and wellbeing, education, disadvantage and exclusion, the environment, sport and the arts. Last year alone, the Foundation distributed over £1.4 million across 436 grants, the highest amount in a single year since the charity’s establishment. However, despite the Foundations focused and responsive approach to addressing local needs, there is still much more to do.

High Sheriff of Surrey, Mrs Bridget Biddell and Community Foundation for Surrey Trustee said:

“As the current High Sheriff of Surrey and a Trustee for the Community Foundation, I have been able to witness first-hand the inspirational response our local voluntary groups make to improve people’s lives, and how philanthropy plays a vital role in bridging many of the gaps in our society. This £10 million figure shows the growing community of philanthropic individuals wanting to make a real and lasting difference across Surrey.”

To date, the Foundation has awarded 3,337 grants to support both groups and individuals in need. It is with thanks to the philanthropic individuals, families, businesses and charitable trusts partnering with the Foundation, that has made this level of giving possible.

Whether donors wish to set up their own personal funds with the Foundation, or give collectively to the many themed or area funds that address a vast range of needs across the county, donors work with the team at the Community Foundation to satisfy their philanthropic motivations.

Sue Gardiner, Chair of the Pargiter Trust Fund said:

“We chose to partner with the Community Foundation for Surrey because they were local, offered us the opportunity to stay involved in the giving process and visit the projects we funded. We’re delighted to be part of this £10 million milestone that has supported so many inspiring charities and voluntary groups across the county.”

The Pargiter Trust Fund, which is just one of the 87 funds managed by the Community Foundation for Surrey, has now surpassed £300,000 in grant awards since first partnering with the Foundation in 2013. The Fund supports people over 65 through projects that improve health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation, and that help older people overcome difficult circumstances. Initially the Pargiter Trust set up an Immediate Impact Fund with the Foundation, before adjusting their giving to a longer-term endowment fund, that will continue to support the community in perpetuity.

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

“It is fantastic to be announcing this achievement. It is with grateful thanks to our growing family of local donors that we have reached this milestone of awarding £10 million across Surrey to support a wide range of vital community initiatives. However, there is still much more work to be done. Sadly, last year, we were unable to support over £1.5 million of requests from groups for funding.”

The Foundation continues to see growing needs affecting communities across the county. At a time when it is increasingly difficult for charities to secure the funding they need to survive and thrive, it is local philanthropy and organisations such as the Community Foundation which are relied upon to ensure the voluntary sector can provide vital support to local people and places.

The Foundation recently celebrated their £10 million milestone with their team of Trustees, Ambassadors, Vice Presidents, staff and volunteers.

Click above to watch our celebration video!

 

If you would like to learn more about the Community Foundation for Surrey, and how to get involved, please contact us on 01483 478092.

Introducing our new Chair, as David Frank steps down after 9 years of service

17th May 2019

We are sad to announce that after 9 years with the Community Foundation for Surrey, our Chairman David Frank, will be stepping down from the end of September having served his maximum 3 terms as a Trustee.

David has made an enormous contribution to the Foundation during his service and we wish to express our sincere thanks to him for leading us through a significant period of growth and partnerships. David has been instrumental in inspiring philanthropy across the county and has played a vital and very active role, chairing and engaging in many of our working groups. We are very pleased that David has agreed to stay involved as Vice President.

After 6 years in the chair it’s time for someone else to have a go and bring a fresh perspective. I am delighted to announce that Jim Glover has kindly agreed to lead the Foundation from September. It has been a great privilege to be Chairman. I inherited a good executive team and together, we have been able to build on strong foundations. It will be interesting to see where we are in another 9 years.

We take this opportunity to thank David for his continued support and service.

We were delighted to announce at our Annual Reception last night that Jim Glover, having joined us as a Trustee in January, will be the Community Foundation for Surrey’s new Chair as of September.

Jim’s passion for philanthropy and expertise of local need can only serve to positively support the Foundation’s continued progress in raising our profile and supporting the further development of local giving across Surrey.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jim served his shrieval year as High Sheriff of Surrey during 2018/2019 and has Chaired a number of other charities.

In my year as High Sheriff, I was astonished to discover that social deprivation within Surrey is having a devastating effect on families; the young, old and the disabled alike, and that matters are getting worse. It is also evident that we have an astonishing capability within the county to do so much more for ourselves as a community, if only we can find the means to ensure that the many current examples of best practice can be fully utilised for the benefit of all. The Community Foundation for Surrey is the prime vehicle for such civil action.

We are delighted to welcome Jim as Chair of our Trustees and we know you will join us congratulating him on his new post.

The Lady Noel Byron Nursing Association

9th April 2019

Created in 1858, the Noel Byron Nursing Association was established to support a District Nurse for the villages of East and West Horsley. The first meeting of the Trustees held on 6th March 1858 was chaired by the Earl of Lovelace and the minute book recording every meeting since is now available to see in the County Archives.

The Charity became largely redundant with the creation of the NHS, until the retirement of Nurse Horsley and the sale of the house she occupied. After the sale, the Trustees began to award grants to local groups promoting the health and welfare of Horsleys residents. Under the Chairmanship of the late Marcus Colby, and latterly Jeremy Miles, this work continued until the charity was transferred to the Horsley Community Fund in 2015, enabling the charity to continue to benefit the health and well-being of village residents in line with Lady Byron’s wishes in perpetuity.

David Morgan, former Lady Noel Byron Nursing Association Trustee, has joined the Horsleys Community Fund panel and his local knowledge and experience is a fantastic addition to the team.

“We are delighted that by combining funds we will generate more money to have a bigger impact and better support the villages and their residents; whilst preserving the rich history of the Lady Noel Byron Nursing Association.”

Clare Mathias, Horsleys Community Fund Panel Chair

£1.4 million awarded to support Surrey communities

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!

Through the eyes of our Donors – Rodney & Linda

27th February 2019

Personal philanthropy inspired by professional experience

We work closely with a number of generous donors that want to give back to their local communities and support causes that they are passionate about.

This is Rodney & Linda’s story:

Prior to retirement, Rodney advised clients on how to manage their money, including advice on charitable giving. Linda spent much of her teaching career supporting children with special needs, many of whom also had major family issues. They now use what they learnt during their careers in their work with the Foundation.

By working with the Foundation, we do not have the burden and costs of compliance with the Charity Commission had we set up our own charitable trust.

We have visited projects and had huge support from the Foundation’s team who source and assess applications for us to consider and have introduced us to fellow philanthropists. We have made some exciting grants, learned a lot and uncovered the hidden Surrey behind the wealthy exterior.

Rodney and Linda have their own fund with the Foundation that focuses on their interests and that allows them to be as involved as they wish. We asked them how philanthropy has changed their lives.

It is something we can do together, without committing large amounts of our time. We have learned that it doesn’t take a huge amount of money to make a difference. You can share the joy of giving with your family whilst minimising the legal and financial responsibility associated with charitable giving.

By giving locally through the Foundation, we have the privilege of supporting needs we would not otherwise have known about.

You can read more about Rodney and Linda’s giving with us in our Philanthropy Brochure.

Image: Home-Start Surrey, supported by Rodney and Linda

Through the eyes of our Donors – Bryan

Advising others on the benefits of philanthropy

We work closely with a number of generous donors that want to give back to their local communities and support causes that they are passionate about.

This is Bryan’s story:

Bryan is a retired solicitor who, for over 50 years, served the community in numerous activities and causes including trusts and testamentary counselling.

Over the years more people have come to recognise the importance of testamentary instruction when mortality becomes a reality and they are concerned about inheritance tax, which may regard as unfair. In this context, Bryan recalls those who have died content in the knowledge that they have left substantial sums to charity.

Having served as a trustee on many local trusts, Bryan recognised the concerns for trustees such as the responsibility of trusteeship, compliance, audit and heavy administration costs.

The advantages of partnering with the Foundation are immediate: release from legal responsibility as a trustee, continuing involvement as a panel member, better management, advice and expertise plus the opportunity to meet amazing people who are the inspiration to the charities they serve.

Since 2006, Bryan has witnessed four local trusts that have benefited from working with the Foundation. One of these is the Challice Trust whose former patron, Ruth Challice Bush, lived in the Haslemere area and actively served the community as well as being financially generous. Since transfer to the Foundation, the Haslemere Challice Fund has grown dramatically both in value and the funds it distributes.

Haslemere is a good example of a town where community spirit is active and apparent. Haslemere Museum, Haslemere Hall and now Haslewey Community Centre have been supported by so many volunteers, but also by funding from the Foundation. Organisations like these are the pillars of the community and their work continues not through public testamentary gifts and the unstinting loyalty of their volunteers.

Bryan recognises that as the government funding available contracts, philanthropy is most important now, more than ever.

Philanthropic organisations, such as the Foundation, are needed more than ever to fill the widening gap between cause and effect. The reward of philanthropy is the achievement brought by the good work of charities and citizens.

Bryan has received great pleasure in giving with us and has been able to meet with other donors that have given up their time for the benefit of others. We asked Bryan what piece of advice he would give to those new to philanthropy and thinking about giving;

Harness the joy of giving something to the community. Heed everything that is on offer and seize upon the moment to do something really positive.

You can read more about Bryan’s giving with us in our Philanthropy Brochure.

The new Surrey Mental Health Fund awards over £54,000 grant funding in response to growing mental health issues among children and young people

4th February 2019

The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce the award of the first round of grants from its new Surrey Mental Health Fund. Grants are being awarded to fund charitable projects across the county which support the improvement in mental health and well-being of children and young people.

The Community Foundation, a philanthropic charity which awarded £1.2 million in grant funding last year to over 300 community groups in Surrey, has launched the fund in response to a growing need relating to mental health issues amongst children and young people.

Joe Crome, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for Surrey, said: “Each year we receive hundreds of grant applications from charities and groups across Surrey, but it has become noticeable that the number of mental health projects requiring support has been increasing. We made the decision to set up this new Mental Health Fund which will provide grants to projects across Surrey which are making a difference, and it became clear from speaking with colleagues across the voluntary sector and local authorities that we needed to focus our resources on children and young people, who face increasing pressures and mental health issues.”

This first round of grants has been allocated to innovative early intervention projects helping children and young people aged 8-13 develop emotional resilience and self-esteem.

In total, £54,000 has been awarded to 7 projects which will make a lasting difference to local young people in Surrey. The full list of projects supported in the first round are:

  • Peer Productions – ‘Hidden’, a performance raising awareness of self-harm, performed at schools across Surrey
  • George Abbott School – ‘Space for Young Minds,’ a series of well-being projects developed by student well-being Ambassadors
  • Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum – ‘Being Ourselves’, a pilot project exploring issues which affect mental health of BAME young people
  • YMCA East Surrey – Early intervention mental health workshops in schools in East Surrey
  • 40 Degreez Centre – ‘Health Hub’ project, offering dedicated 1:1 and group support sessions for young people
  • Momentum – Specialist counselling for young people who are living with cancer
  • Prospero Theatre – Multi phase project to support the well-being of boys at Sunnydown School

Eve Baker, Fundraiser at 40Degreez Centre said: “This funding will make a huge difference to our support services. We are fortunate to enjoy funding from the Community Foundation for Surrey and that of your donors without which the scope of our services would be severely limited and young people and their families would suffer.”

Beth Wood, Artist Director at Prospero Theatre said: “A huge thank you to Community Foundation for Surrey for funding Sunnydown in the Community. Through drama and Mind Fitness the boys will learn much needed coping mechanisms and have the opportunity to make real and positive links with local groups. We can’t wait to start!”

Sarah Kenyon, Heads Together Manager at YMCA East Surrey said: “The project will deliver fun and interactive workshops around mental health issues in the boroughs of Epsom & Ewell and Reigate & Banstead. The workshops focus on specific areas highlighted by schools as an issue, as well as increasing understanding of mental well-being, reducing stigma and helping to prevent the escalation of mental health issues in young people.”

Bianca Effemey, Founder and CEO at Momentum Children’s Charity said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Community Foundation for the recent donation towards counselling for the children we support. Cancer survivors are at higher risk of mental health issues in later life, but research shows that psychological support during treatment could prevent or reduce this. Our goal is to further expand our counselling programme that we are able to offer, and this generous donation will help us achieve this.”

David Frank, Chairman of the Community Foundation for Surrey, added: “We are hugely grateful to local donors who have helped to establish this fund, and we are delighted to have awarded grants to such interesting projects which will make a real difference locally. We look forward to seeing how they progress and sharing examples of their success in the coming year.”

The Foundation is inviting groups in Surrey who meet the fund’s criteria to apply for our second round of funding before our next deadline of 18th April 2019. The criteria of the Mental Health Fund, and further guidance on who can apply to the Community Foundation for Surrey, can be found here.

Any individual or business who might like to contribute to this new fund can do so by contacting Joe Crome at the Community Foundation for Surrey, joe@cfsurrey.org.uk, 01483 906383.