New Funding Opportunity open for Applications

26th April 2024

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The Surrey Supported Employment Fund is open for applications, offering grants to local organisations dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities or mental health challenges overcome employment barriers. With grants of up to £2,000 available, this fund aims to provide practical support and training to empower individuals on their journey to meaningful work.

The grants provided by the Surrey Supported Employment Fund will take the form of a fund pot, which will be used to award grants directly to individuals. Fund holders will have the opportunity to make small onward grants to their beneficiaries, assisting them in achieving their work aspirations. Additionally, these grants will cover the administrative costs of the host organisation in administering the grants to individuals.

If you are involved in supporting individuals with disabilities and/or mental ill-health, we invite you to explore the opportunity of becoming a funder-holder for the Surrey Supported Employment Fund. By becoming a fund holder, you can play a vital role in making a positive impact in the lives of those facing employment challenges.

To provide further support and guidance, we will be hosting two Q&A sessions to share more information about the fund and the process of becoming a fund holder. These sessions will also provide an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have about the application process.

Join us for these informative sessions on:

  • Tuesday 14th May at 11am
  • Thursday 23rd May at 2pm

To secure your spot, please email and request the link to join the online sessions.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 3rd June. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a meaningful initiative that has the potential to transform lives and create a more inclusive community.

For more information and to learn how you can apply, click here. Let’s work together to break barriers and build brighter futures for all.

Surrey Supported Employment Fund

27th April 2016

The Surrey Supported Employment Fund supports people with disabilities or mental ill health to overcome barriers to work, contributing towards the social and economic well-being of our area.

From 2019 the Surrey Supported Employment Fund has provided funding to partner organisations who are best placed to make individual grants to their beneficiaries. By providing funding to trusted organisation who are supporting people with disabilities the Fund has enabled fast and efficient support.where it is needed.

Grants have supported individuals to

  • undertake specific work related training,
  • purchase work equipment or meet other set-up costs for individuals becoming self-employed,
  • obtain or renew necessary accreditation and memberships of recognised professional bodies,
  • purchase suitable work clothing
  • meet travel costs where this was a barrier to individuals accessing interviews, work placements and employment.

The Fund currently works with the following organisations;

Good news – Funding Available!

Surrey Supported Employment invite applications from charities and not-for-profits in Surrey who wish to hold a pot of funding to support their beneficiaries with small grants which will help them to overcome barriers to work.

If your organisation is supporting people with disabilities and would like to apply to be a fund-holder, please complete an application form below by 9am on Monday 3 June.

Support and advice is available in making your application to become a fund-holder. We will be holding two Q&A sessions to share more information about the Fund, becoming a fund-holder, and answer any questions about the application process. Please email to request the link to join one of these online sessions;

  • Tuesday 14 May at 11am
  • Thursday 23 May at 2pm

Individuals seeking support are advised to contact the most appropriate group directly – if you are encountering difficulties please call the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Grants are usually just a few hundred pounds, but these small amounts can be life changing. Examples include the following:

Give a man a bike… and a small grant can go a long way!

Funding of £79 enabled an individual with a learning disability to purchase a bicycle to travel to and from work each day for the early morning start, otherwise impossible due to a lack of suitable public transport. The grant not only helped this individual to attend an initial employment placement, but this small amount has had a lasting impact by giving him the confidence and experience to secure and sustain a substantive job afterwards. Referee and Employment Support Officer at EmployAbility, Carolyn Tucker noted:

“Thank you to everyone who approved this grant, he really does appreciate everything you have done to help him keep his job which he is really enjoying.”

Supporting travel costs

A grant of £336 supported the costs of taxi journeys for an individual who is registered blind and also has a mild learning disability to attend employment. The grantee stressed:

“Without this funding I would have lost my job.”

Other individual recipients of grants from the SSE Fund have commented:

“The money was of great help, significantly reducing the stress levels.”

“I have found it so difficult to get anywhere before, so your funding has greatly helped me to achieve something I would never have been able to fund myself… I really appreciate it, many thanks.”