Spelthorne Community Fund

7th April 2022

The Spelthorne Community Fund is a new Community Fund dedicated to Spelthorne that provides support to local projects which tackle need and disadvantage across the borough.

Our ambition is to provide a significant level of sustainable funding to support and benefit local residents, community projects and voluntary groups in the Borough of Spelthorne, by bringing together local donors and stakeholders who are passionate about their local community, who can together make a difference to the area in which they live.

This new fund will be the 9th borough/district Area Fund across the county managed by the Community Foundation for Surrey, developed in partnership with representatives from the local area. This model has successfully worked in other areas of the county and provides an important local emphasis for funding in Spelthorne.

The Spelthorne Community Fund will be a long-term fund that people who are passionate about Spelthorne will be able to donate to now, or leave a legacy to in the future.

How we help people

The aim of the Spelthorne Community Fund is to establish a permanent community fund to support and benefit local residents, community projects and voluntary groups in the borough of Spelthorne. With your help we can help build a stronger community by supporting local causes that can make impact and that will empower Spelthorne to help itself now and in the future.

Fund objectives

The key objectives of the fund are:

  • To create a permanent source of community capital to support and benefit voluntary and community           groups, charities and local residents in Spelthorne
  • Encourage local philanthropy and raise the level of local giving from residents and local businesses

The Fund will award grants to non-profit distributing organisations including charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations in the Borough of Spelthorne.

Fund focus

Grants awarded will focus within the following area(s):

Youth development: Initiatives that create opportunities for young people to develop their skills and support their long-term success. For example, but not limited to, investing in facilities that will be used by young people, training programmes or summer school initiatives.

Community support and development: Programmes that improve and strengthen the local community, including, but not limited to, the improvement of community facilities or community events.

Grants may fund existing services or facilities and new initiatives and can contribute to either capital costs such as funding new equipment or support on-going running costs.

 

Download the Spelthorne Small Grants Form here, to apply for a grant up to the value of £2,000.
For grant applications over the value of £2,000, Express your Interest here.

Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead

17th October 2018

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We are a Community Fund dedicated to our local area providing support to charitable projects tackling identified local needs across the borough.

We are a Community Fund dedicated to our local area providing support to charitable projects tackling identified local needs across the borough.

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The easiest way to donate to the Reigate and Banstead Coronavirus Appeal is via the Fund’s Enthuse Giving page.

The easiest way to donate to the Reigate and Banstead Community Fund is via the Fund’s Enthuse Giving page.

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"I'm honoured to be Patron of the Reigate and Banstead Community Fund and lend my support to this fantastic initiative."
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"I'm honoured to be Patron of the Reigate and Banstead Community Fund and lend my support to this fantastic initiative."
BBC Newsreader and Fund Patron

We are seeking donations to help our local voluntary sector cope in Reigate and Banstead post-pandemic. All donations are welcome and will make an important difference to the voluntary sector Covid-19 recovery in Reigate and Banstead.

 

The Need

Despite being one of the wealthiest boroughs in England, Reigate and Banstead has unseen pockets of hardship and need in areas such as mental health, care for the elderly, poverty, homelessness, and domestic abuse. The borough also contains the most deprived ward in Surrey and many, often underfunded, sports and community clubs.

The Fund and How to Give

The Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead is a new and growing philanthropic fund that provides support specifically to local projects which tackle need, disadvantage, and community participation across the borough of Reigate and Banstead. Run by volunteers, and managed by the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), the Fund, comprising donations from individual residents and local companies, has a long-term endowment fund for future growth, and a grants fund from which disbursements are made to local charities and good causes on a regular basis

Please donate to help your local community at this critical time, by clicking the following button:

Beneficiaries of the Fund

We are delighted to have been able to distribute more grants to local good causes, particularly to groups assisting in the response of the coronavirus pandemic at this time:

St Matthew’s Foodbank SCRF launched in response to growing concern relating to local cases of poverty and hunger amongst the most vulnerable in Redhill and the surrounding area. The organisation provides local families and individuals who are struggling with essential food and supplies.

A grant was awarded for portacabins to ensure the operation of the foodbank that was urgently in need of a dedicated space due to previous sites having to close as a result of the pandemic. Funding also supported a new Co-ordinator within the organisations team, to meet the 380% increase in demand against the previous year.

The Children’s Trust provide vital support to children with severe brain injuries and their families, who are most vulnerable. Funding was awarded for the increased use of Personal Protective Equipment needed to protect clients and staff when delivering day to day care. This grant also supported with additional cleaning costs and materials to further ensure the safety of those at the charity.

Merstham Community Facility Trust provides low-cost food and support to vulnerable local residents across Redhill. Funding supported the salary costs for their General Manager, a critical role to ensure the café’s operational success. The cafe aims to make delicious, wholesome food available to everyone within the local community using quality, donated ingredients to keep costs low. The café provides a welcoming place for clients to meet one another, access much needed services and feel part of their community.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead for supporting the Merstham mix with critical funds during the pandemic. This funding has allowed us to keep our services running and deliver hot meals to the most vulnerable in the community. Despite these challenging times, the collaboration and support from our funders has allowed vital services to continue and been a tremendous support to the community of Merstham.”

 

Our Grants Fund Panel

Our independent grant making panel is supported by the Community Foundation for Surrey, Crispin Blunt MP for Reigate, and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, and is made up of local stakeholders and donors with a knowledge and interest in the community.

No matter how much or how little you give, your donation will go to a really important local good cause.

The Community Foundation for Surrey thanks SES Water, Concept Financial Planning and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council for their generosity towards this local area fund, and is delighted to be able  to support even more vital local causes with this funding!

“As a small local company deeply embedded in the communities we serve, we are not seen as just a supplier of water and we don’t want to just deliver great service for our customers – we want to play an active part in improving the areas we are privileged to serve.”

– Cat Holland, Head of Communications at SES Water

If you have a project in the area of Reigate and Banstead that needs support, submit your interest today.

More information

More information about the Reigate and Banstead Community Fund can be found within the Fund’s Brochure here. If you are interested in donating to the Fund, please contact Claire Heath at the Community Foundation for Surrey.

01483 906383
claire@cfsurrey.org.uk


 

Crispin Blunt MP presents 2020 winner of Reigate and Banstead Writes competition with her prize – Monday 15th June

Orla McNally, a pupil at Reigate Grammar School, is the winner of R&B Writes 2020. Orla received her prize, sponsored by the Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead, from Crispin Blunt MP. Read more here!


Guildford Young Carers Fund

22nd March 2018

Guildford Young Carers addresses an area of society that is very much overlooked by us all. Estimates suggest that as many as 20% of children aged 5 to 18 in many areas of Guildford act as carers – unrecognised and hidden to society. The effect on these children is huge. Some fail to realise their academic potential, and they often suffer mental health issues, bullying and social media abuse.

These are young people who find their normal young lives being replaced by caring for a relative within the family unit. These responsibilities often cause negative outcomes, such as falling behind at school, or simply a loss of precious childhood time. These children and young people are often unable to access help and many do not even realise that they are acting as carers – it’s just what you do.

The Guildford Young Carers Fund was set up by Mike Parsons during his year as mayor in 2018/19 and is part of Guildford Philanthropy. The fund will award grants to support young carers in the borough of Guildford. Grants will support young carers by providing services or equipment that will help them with their educational, emotional and social needs.

Grants for things such as:

  • additional non-statutory support in school or college
  • extra tuition or educational support outside school or college
  • IT or other equipment to support educational needs
  • school trips, outings or residential activities
  • courses
  • music, sports or play activities or other clubs outside school (including membership fees)
  • opportunities to meet other young carers

Grants are not available for duties that are the statutory responsibility of the local authorities.

Guildford Young Carers was set up by Councillor Mike Parsons with the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Guildford Philanthropy Fund to create a lasting resource specifically to support the opportunities and well-being of young carers within the borough of Guildford. 

Carers Support (Guildford) Fund

4th May 2017

The Carers Support (Guildford) Fund is part of Guildford Philanthropy, and makes small grants to carers who live in the borough of Guildford who are in need in order to provide them with a respite from their caring role.

Grants for things such as:

  • contribution towards respite holidays or breaks
  • club membership
  • courses
  • second-hand computers or other IT equipment
  • holiday play schemes
  • travel costs for specific activities
  • cover for the carer when engaged in a respite activity

Grants are not available for duties that are the statutory responsibility of the local authorities.

We cannot accept applications direct from carers – the application must be through an organisation that is providing support and can vouch for the need (for example Action for Carers Surrey, Surrey County Council social care and health teams, NHS older adult and mental health teams, local charitable organisations).

Applications are made by referring organisations using the Carer Support application form available below and returned to directly to carersguildford@gmail.com.

Application Pack

Carers Support (Guildford) provided support to carers living within the borough for 19 years up to 2017. Following the closure of the charity the trustees have collaborated on a partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Guildford Philanthropy Fund to create a lasting resource specifically to support the well-being of carers within the borough of Guildford. Guildford Borough Council previously matched this donation at a rate of 50%.

Woking Community Fund

27th April 2016

The Woking Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of Woking and its residents established in partnership with Rutland Woking Ltd. This local company is leading by example by donating 10% of its profits to the fund but is also encouraging others to engage in local giving to develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.

The Woking Community Fund supports local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life by awarding grants to fund their work. The Fund enables and encourages local giving to support local communities to develop and thrive by supporting voluntary effort, not just for a single cause, but across all sectors including; isolated older people, those affected by long term illness and disability, the environment, sport and recreation, young people, families and community facilities.

The Woking Community Fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of local needs by:

  • Exclusively supporting local community projects
  • Pooling donations from companies, individuals and families to make a bigger impact
  • Providing a sustainable source of funding to support the evolving community needs
  • Developing the capacity to respond to local issues as they arise

 

Example grants from the fund:

True Honour – £2,000

True Honour delivers training and awareness on crimes such as domestic violence, female Genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour based violence. The charity’s mission is to engage with Police and other agencies to gauge a better understanding of victims, to meet the needs of all communities, by providing awareness-raising activities on hidden abuse, and to support them in a safe and empowering way.

This grant will help with the continuation of the women’s support group at the Woking Children’s Centre and to run workshops for women who attend as they have been through domestic abuse. The charity will run keep fit classes for the women to encourage both positive mental and physical well being, as well as provide the charity’s volunteer to complete a counselling course to support victims further.


Bright Shadows – £7,178

Bright Shadow’s mission is to enable people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive. Creativity and performance are used to create means and opportunities for people with dementia to express themselves, interact with others and take part in meaningful activity.

This grant helped support the charity’s ‘Zest’ workshops and programmes for people living with dementia and their carer’s, in care settings and the community. Bright Shadow also deliver training for care staff and activity workers, produce resources to enable those working with people with dementia to deliver meaningful and creative activities, and deliver creative public awareness raising events.

Tandridge Community Fund

The Tandridge Community Fund supports local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life by awarding grants to fund their work. The Fund enables and encourages local giving to support local communities to develop and thrive by supporting voluntary effort, not just for a single cause, but across all sectors including; isolated older people, those affected by long term illness and disability, the environment, sport and recreation, young people, families and community facilities.

The Tandridge Community Fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of local needs by:

  • Exclusively supporting local community projects
  • Pooling donations from companies, individuals and families to make a bigger impact
  • Providing a sustainable source of funding to support the evolving community needs
  • Developing the capacity to respond to local issues as they arise
Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, is seeking donations to support work to address social isolation amongst people in Tandridge and East Surrey and has chosen to work with the Tandridge Community Fund to raise funds. 

“Social isolation is when you feel alone (even if you are surrounded by people) and not part of social or cultural groups and activities. Feeling isolated can often have a negative effect on a person’s mental well-being. There are many things that can increase feelings of social isolation including bereavement, relationship breakdown, role change, job less, having a baby, moving home, social anxiety, or shyness.” Ref. Healthy Surrey

You can donate to Claire’s Friendship Project via the Tandridge Community Fund. Donations will go directly towards supporting work to address social isolation amongst people in Tandridge and East Surrey. Please see How to give below.


Example grants of the fund: 

Tandridge Voluntary Action: Tandridge Befriending Scheme – £3,500

The Tandbridge Befriending Scheme is well established, having started in 2001, and matches volunteer befrienders with people who feel socially isolated or lonely. The number of referrals and enquiries has continued to rise year on year and especially as a result of the Covid pandemic. At the end of March 2021 the organisations had 172 active clients and 172 active volunteers.

The grant provides a contribution to support the salary costs of a part-time befriending coordinator costs. who works 20 hours per week, enabling Tandbridge Befriending Scheme to continue its work and hopefully, to grow the Scheme.


Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club – £1,000

Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club aims to provide good quality cricket and a social forum to all who would like to play or be involved in Cricket at Oxted and Limpsfield.

This grant was awarded for their ‘SMASH IT’ cricket in schools project for coaching and tournament costs within local schools in Tandridge and surrounding areas.

Sport has a number of benefits and the group aims for attendees of the project to build on their courage and compassion, increase mental and physical well being and help with communication skills and social interaction. It is predicted that 600 children will benefit from fun and active coaching and participation in 3 tournaments.


Bloomin’ Arts – £750

Bloomin’ Arts provides accessible opportunities for participation and education in performing arts for adults with learning disabilities, who live in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

This grant funded the charity’s ‘Express It Group’ project, designed to support attendees of the group with a Freelance Artist in visual and performance arts for one day per week. The work will follow-on from previous projects undertaken by the charity, and encourage participants to take ownership of their creative ability with the support and expertise of a professional in the field.

Surrey Heath Community Fund

The Surrey Heath Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of Surrey Heath and its residents established in partnership with Voluntary Support North Surrey. The fund enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.

The Surrey Heath Community Fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of needs in the Surrey Heath community by:

  • Exclusively supporting local community projects
  • Pooling donations from companies, individuals and families to make a bigger impact
  • Providing a sustainable source of funding to support the evolving community needs
  • Developing the capacity to respond to local issues as they arise

 

Examples of grants from the fund:

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care – £2,000 

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care (SDAC) provides a 24/7 manned confidential helpline giving emotional support, information and advice to drug and alcohol users, their families and friends within Surrey. The service aims to provide a listening ear, offer motivational support and encouragement and advice and information on drugs and alcohol.

This grant supported the charity’s Telephone Counselling Service – a free service which was operated initially as a pilot in 2010 and now provides support to between 500 and 600 clients a year affected by their own or somebody else’s alcohol and/or drug misuse.


Sparklers Foundation – £1,500

Sparklers Foundation supports families where there is a child or young person aged 2-25 with special needs or autism. Support is through provision of social networking opportunities, playgroups, advice, guidance, and signposting, parental advocacy, playgroups for children with special needs and their siblings, sibling conversations groups, and social events for parents and carers.

This grant supported holiday playgroup costs for families with a child with a disability and their siblings. The playgroup sessions reduced isolation for families where an individual has special needs and provided peer support for parents and carers, as well as a nurturing environment for siblings. The events provided an opportunity for families to meet special needs professionals, and families to gain confidence in communicating their areas of difficulty with other parents.

Runnymede Community Fund

The Runnymede Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of Runnymede and its residents established in partnership with Voluntary Support North Surrey and Runnymede Borough Council. The fund enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.

The Runnymede Community Fund makes it easy for local residents to support the breadth of needs in the Runnymede community by:

  • Exclusively supporting local community projects
  • Pooling donations from companies, individuals and families to make a bigger impact
  • Providing a sustainable source of funding to support the evolving community needs
  • Developing the capacity to respond to local issues as they arise

 

Example grants from the fund:

Your Sanctuary – £3,000

Your Sanctuary supports people who have suffered from, or who are exposed to domestic abuse. The charity aims to offer protection for survivors and their families; work towards the prevention of domestic abuse; and undo the harm caused by it.

Funding was awarded for the continuation of two programmes run by the charity – ‘Womens’ Freedom’ and ‘Recovery.’ Both are vital and successful community groups for women in Surrey who have/or are experiencing domestic violence. These programmes empower women to keep themselves and their children safe and help them to build a new life free from domestic abuse.


Looking Ahead – £1,500

Looking Ahead runs classes in Addlestone and Windlesham providing 36 x 2hr weekly sessions across 3 terms, where any adult living with sight loss can learn new communication skills such as Braille, touch typing, specialist IT systems on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

This grant allowed for the continuation of communication classes for people with visual impairment. These classes have a number of benefits for attendees; increasing education and skills, helping to improve health and wellbeing, tackling disadvantage and exclusion and reducing isolation.

Peaslake Village Community Fund

The Peaslake Village Community Fund is a charitable fund specifically for the benefit of Peaslake and its residents established with a capital sum from a bequest to the Peaslake Community Council by Miss Jean Brodie.

The Fund enables people who love Peaslake to donate money for the exclusive benefit of the town and its people. With your help we can help build a stronger community by supporting local causes that can make impact and that will empower Peaslake to help itself now and in the future.

Each year the fund awards a grant to support a Christmas lunch for the elderly of the village of Peaslake, known as the Jean Brodie Memorial Lunch.

 

Why Support the Peaslake Community Fund?

As a village our needs are very specific, and local people are often faced with reduced access to facilities and funding. Our dedicated panel of local residents award grants to:

  • Help older or disadvantaged residents combat isolation and stay happy, healthy and included
  • Increase facilities, training, skills and experience for young people
  • Support village activities, services and community focal points such as the Village Hall
  • Fund projects that improve and preserve the village heritage, culture and environment

Download the Peaslake Small Grants Form here, to apply for a grant up to the value of £2,000.
For grant applications over the value of £2,000, Express your Interest here.

If you’re interested in leaving a legacy to Peaslake, further information can be found here.