Surrey Strategic Transformation Programme

15th July 2022

The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce that a number of our Donor Funds have come together with some additional generous support from Surrey County Council to support the sustainability and resilience of our voluntary sector organisations.

Pandemic working has necessitated many charities and community groups working more closely together with other groups to deliver services together and change services to new ways of delivery.

In the current economic climate, coming out of a period when many funders gave an unprecedented amount, the funding environment is bleak. Many public sector contracts have been frozen and public grants programmes either cancelled or drastically cut back.  Increasingly charities are looking to respond to the urgent need to cut costs by looking for new ways of working, cementing partnership working or even merging. In addition, many are looking to change their business model in order to achieve greater financial sustainability in the longer-term. On the positive side many are building on what they have learned during the pandemic which enabled them to re-imagine the services they provide to beneficiaries.

The Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) is seeing an increase in applications for ‘crisis’ funding – funding to address urgent cashflow needs. We would prefer to be able to work with community organisations earlier in their journey so that we avoid the need for crisis intervention.

In response CFS has created the Surrey Strategic Transformation Programme. The focus of this funding will be to support local voluntary and community organisations to become more resilient. It will help organisations to plan and adapt to change and be better equipped to survive and thrive through challenges and opportunities that may arise.

What sorts of things would we support?

  • Work to carry out a feasibility study for premises move or new merger/partnership.
  • Strengthening an organisation’s leadership and governance, ensuring it has the right skills available to maintain and develop its work including set up of new partnerships/merger or improving strategic planning.
  • Building the capacity of an organisation’s digital/IT infrastructure to help deliver services and reach the communities it serves more efficiently and effectively.
  • Small capital work to adapt or refurbish existing premises for new purpose or support move to new premises.
  • Work to design and implement new systems to enable two organisations to work more closely together.
  • Analysis of potential demand for services/needs including analysis of potential partner organisations.
  • Reviewing structure and governance models.
  • Reviewing income and fundraising options or impact measurement.
  • Work to Improve capacity e.g. strengthen impact, effectiveness or sustainability.
  • Increasing the involvement of service users/communities in the design, development and/or delivery of services.

 The Programme will not consider

  • Applications to support ‘business as usual’ – these can be made through our usual grant rounds, but this fund is specifically to fund ‘business change’
  • Applications for core/running costs.
  • Applications from individuals, political or sectarian organisations, mainstream schools and colleges, playgroups, community centres, sports clubs. Religious groups can apply but their services must be open to all and the grants cannot be used for the promotion of religion.
  • CFS general eligibility criteria applies.

What size of grants are available?

  • Grants of up to £15,000 will be awarded.

Who can apply?

  • The Programme will support registered charities that have been in existence for at least 3 years with a demonstrably strong track record.
  • We will prioritise supporting organisations whose primary function and service is supporting people and communities that face the greatest disadvantages and exclusion or have been greatest impacted by the pandemic. Organisations must be focussed on Surrey.
  • Partnership bids are welcome. For partnership applications, we will expect the applicant to demonstrate what additional benefits will be delivered by working together. To be considered as a ‘partnership’, each organisation must be actively involved in the partnership and have a clear role within it. It is expected that there will be some form of partnership agreement or at least evidence of an agreement between partner organisations.
  • CFS general eligibility criteria applies.

Additional support

  • Successful applicants to the Strategic Transformation Programme will be offered support (where required) from skilled volunteers to assist with financial management, governance or merger discussions

How to apply

  • Groups can start their application by submitting an Expression of Interest
  • This will be a rolling programme with no deadlines.

Example Grant awards

  • Investment in an online booking system for a charity providing play-schemes for disadvantaged areas of Westborough, Park Barn and Stoke to improve efficiency and revenue generation.
  • Funding for a feasibility study regarding the relocation of a charity providing an outdoor learning environment for vulnerable young people.
  • Installation of two prefabricated cabins to provide flexible expansion of space for service provision and income generation for a charity supporting people with mental health needs.
  • Computer equipment to enable people with brain injury to be supported more efficiently.
  • IT System upgrade for a charity which supports disabled people to live independently to improve efficiency and service delivery.
  • Investment in a consolidated CRM system to manage member data and services more effectively.
  • Funding support for the merger of five local Community Mediation services to increase efficiency and sustainability; to improve service delivery and to create opportunity for growth, in terms of reaching more people across Surrey.

Further information

For grant application and funding enquiries please email grants@cfsurrey.org.uk

Announcing our Surrey Strategic Transformation Programme

23rd June 2022

The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce that a number of our Donor Funds have come together with some additional generous support from Surrey County Council to support the sustainability and resilience of our voluntary sector organisations.

Pandemic working has necessitated many charities and community groups working more closely together with other groups to deliver services together and change services to new ways of delivery.

In the current economic climate, coming out of a period when many funders gave an unprecedented amount, the funding environment is bleak. Many public sector contracts have been frozen and public grants programmes either cancelled or drastically cut back.  Increasingly charities are looking to respond to the urgent need to cut costs by looking for new ways of working, cementing partnership working or even merging. In addition, many are looking to change their business model in order to achieve greater financial sustainability in the longer-term. On the positive side many are building on what they have learned during the pandemic which enabled them to re-imagine the services they provide to beneficiaries.

The Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) is seeing an increase in applications for ‘crisis’ funding – funding to address urgent cashflow needs. We would prefer to be able to work with community organisations earlier in their journey so that we avoid the need for crisis intervention.

In response CFS has created the Surrey Strategic Transformation Programme. The focus of this funding will be to support local voluntary and community organisations to become more resilient. It will help organisations to plan and adapt to change and be better equipped to survive and thrive through challenges and opportunities that may arise.

What sorts of things would we support?

  • Work to carry out a feasibility study for premises move or new merger/partnership
  • Strengthening an organisation’s leadership and governance, ensuring it has the right skills available to maintain and develop its work including set up of new partnerships/merger or improving strategic planning.
  • Building the capacity of an organisation’s digital/IT infrastructure to help deliver services and reach the communities it serves more efficiently and effectively.
  • Small capital work to adapt or refurbish existing premises for new purpose or support move to new premises
  • Work to design and implement new systems to enable two organisations to work more closely together
  • Analysis of potential demand for services/needs including analysis of potential partner organisations
  • Reviewing structure and governance models
  • Reviewing income and fundraising options or impact measurement
  • Work to Improve capacity e.g. strengthen impact, effectiveness or sustainability.
  • Increasing the involvement of service users/communities in the design, development and/or delivery of services.

 The Programme will not consider

  • Applications to support ‘business as usual’ – these can be made through our usual grant rounds, but this fund is specifically to fund ‘business change’
  • Applications for core/running costs.
  • Applications from individuals, political or sectarian organisations, mainstream schools and colleges, playgroups, community centres, sports clubs. Religious groups can apply but their services must be open to all and the grants cannot be used for the promotion of religion.
  • CFS general Eligibility Criteria apply

What size of grants are available?

  • Grants of up to £15,000 will be awarded

Who can apply?

  • The Fund will support registered charities that have been in existence for at least 3 years with a demonstrably strong track record.
  • We will prioritise supporting organisations whose primary function and service is supporting people and communities that face the greatest disadvantages and exclusion or have been greatest impacted by the pandemic. Organisations must be focussed on Surrey.
  • Partnership bids are welcome. For partnership applications, we will expect the applicant to demonstrate what additional benefits will be delivered by working together. To be considered as a ‘partnership’, each organisation must be actively involved in the partnership and have a clear role within it. It is expected that there will be some form of partnership agreement or at least evidence of an agreement between partner organisations
  • CFS general Eligibility Criteria apply

Additional support

  • Successful applicants to the Strategic Transformation Fund will be offered support (where required) from skilled volunteers to assist with financial management, governance or merger discussions

How to apply

  • Groups can start their application by submitting an Expression of Interest
  • This will be a rolling programme with no deadlines.

Example Grant awards

  • Investment in an online booking system for a charity providing play-schemes for disadvantaged areas of Westborough, Park Barn and Stoke to improve efficiency and revenue generation.
  • Funding for a feasibility study regarding the relocation of a charity providing an outdoor learning environment for vulnerable young people.
  • Installation of two prefabricated cabins to provide flexible expansion of space for service provision and income generation for a charity supporting people with mental health needs.
  • Computer equipment to enable people with brain injury to be supported more efficiently.
  • IT System upgrade for a charity which supports disabled people to live independently to improve efficiency and service delivery.
  • Investment in a consolidated CRM system to manage member data and services more effectively.
  • Funding support for the merger of five local Community Mediation services to increase efficiency and sustainability; to improve service delivery and to create opportunity for growth, in terms of reaching more people across Surrey.

Further information

For grant application and funding enquiries please email grants@cfsurrey.org.uk

Elder Companionship Fund

19th October 2020

The Elder Companionship Fund has been established to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people.

We know that loneliness and isolation is a real issue across our county, with a third of residents aged 65+ (close to 76,000 older people) living alone. Research shows that loneliness can take a terrible toll on people’s mental, physical and emotional health and has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The Community Foundation for Surrey established a new Fund, specifically to address this critical issue here in Surrey – the Elder Companionship Fund.

“We’ve been moved to set up the Elder Companionship Fund in response to the extremely distressing consequences of the Covid pandemic. Many people in our community were already suffering greatly from loneliness and isolation, but this has only been made more intense and more widespread in recent months. Our goal is to help provide much needed funds to support the staffing and service provision that will be so critical in the months – and years – ahead.”

– Founding Donor, Elder Companionship Fund

For further information, please visit our webpage: cfsurrey.org.uk/hips-webinar-series-loneliness-and-isolation/ 

 

Match Funding Opportunity!

We are currently able to match fund new donations that are given to help alleviate loneliness and isolation among older people in Surrey on a £ for £ basis.

Therefore, a gift of £1,000 will immediately become £2,000, and with Gift Aid included also, it can go even further! For anyone that donates more than £10,000, the founders of the fund also invite you, should you wish to, to become more involved and as the Elder Companionship Fund develops.

To find out more about how you can take advantage of this opportunity, and how we work together with Donors across the county (including individuals and families, Surrey-based companies, charitable trusts and other partners) helping them to make a difference in the area of greatest interest to them, please contact our Director of Philanthropy, Claire Heath on 01483 906383. 

Download Match-Funding PDF

Surrey Education Fund

20th June 2019

The Surrey Education Fund provides funding to help disadvantaged children and young people up to 25 years to access education and training.

Grants are awarded to fund costs such as equipment, books, travel or tuition fees or support the costs of providing charitable educational facilities. Funding is also available for voluntary or charitable projects that provide training and skills development.

 

Examples of grants from the fund:

SATRO – £2,500

Surrey SATRO develop and run programmes within schools which enhance young people’s understanding of business, science and technology. Projects include primary science lessons; team building challenges; mentoring programmes and Surrey Apprentices Awards. SATRO has worked with young people in Surrey for over 30 years, providing real-life experience of the working world.

A grant was awarded for a Mobile Construction Classroom for disadvantaged and disengaged young people and those with Special Educational Needs. The mobile classrooms attend schools throughout the academic year and are delivered by specially trained tutors. Students play an integral part in planning and course delivery, providing the opportunity to complete a portfolio designed and constructed to their own specifications, interests and requirements. The courses also deliver key skills to increase student’s self-confidence and self-esteem.


GASP Motor Project – £4,000

GASP Motor Project supports some of the hardest to reach young people in the community by re-engaging them with learning. They provide accredited hands on courses in basic motor mechanics and engineering, targeting disaffected, vulnerable and potentially ‘at risk’ young people.

A grant was awarded for their Industry Project, which enables students to develop skills that help their progression pathway into employment – and to experience the workplace first hand. The workshops provide an alternative learning facility, a recreational and leisure-time activity to assist participants to acquire accredited learning outcomes, and also teaches them vital social skills.

Surrey Mental Health Fund

9th August 2018

Our Mental Health Fund for Surrey launched to help improve mental health amongst children and young people.

Having identified the need for a dedicated fund for Mental Health in Surrey, we have worked with partners in the statutory and voluntary sector to develop the priorities for the fund, based on emerging needs and gaps in support across the county. After consulting with these partners, it became clear that there is a need to support the mental health of children of primary school age and during the transition into secondary school, when mental health problems can start to occur. The Mental Health Foundation notes that approximately 70% of people with a mental health problem have not had support at a sufficiently early age, and that 50% of mental health problems are established by the time a child reaches 14.

Therefore, grants are made to early intervention projects helping children and young people aged 8-13 develop emotional resilience and self-esteem. Consideration is also 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.

 

Grants Awarded

We are delighted to have awarded £112,414 in grants since opening the Fund at the beginning of 2019. Please see below a list of some of the projects supported to date:

  • 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
  • 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

 

Mental Health Facts

The Mental Health Foundation estimate that 1 in 10 children and young people have poor mental health –equating to an estimated 14,500 individuals between the ages of 5 and 15 in Surrey – and, furthermore, that ‘70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age’. The Foundation also notes that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, highlighting the need for early intervention projects such as those we are aiming to fund.

In August 2018, The Children’s Society published a report which revealed that 22% of 14 year old girls in the UK had self-harmed during the previous year. Based on the figures, the Children’s Society estimates that 109,000 young people self harmed during a 12 month period when the data was collected in 2015.

During Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (Feb 4th-8th), the Princes Trust released new research which revealed that half of young people surveyed said that looking at social media makes them feel inadequate.

Also during Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be unveiled new data showing that 56% of children worry about something all the time.

We are continuing to grow the balance available to the Mental Health Fund, and are actively seeking individuals, businesses and trusts who may be interested in becoming a donor.

Focus on Local Philanthropy

10th August 2016

Local Philanthropy Podcast

Our Deputy Director was recently interviewed by Martin Bamford, Managing Director of Informed Choice Independent Financial Planning. The podcast has local philanthropy as its focus, and the interview includes information on:

  • How you can make a difference here in Surrey; and
  • How the Community Foundation for Surrey can provide professional guidance and support to make your local giving effective and enjoyable.

Questions answered in the podcast include:

  • What are the Community Foundation for Surrey’s main aims and how does it work?
  • How does philanthropy differ from charity?
  • How can philanthropy fit into financial planning? Where would someone start if they were thinking about allocating some of their financial resources to important local causes?
  • What are the main issues facing Surrey’s community and how can philanthropy help?

Click below to listen:

Surrey Community Fund

27th April 2016

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Our Surrey Community Fund awards grants to a range of projects which support priority and emerging needs across Surrey.

Our Surrey Community Fund awards grants to a range of projects which support priority and emerging needs across Surrey.

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Our Surrey Community Fund awards grants to a range of projects which support priority and emerging needs across Surrey.

Our Surrey Community Fund awards grants to a range of projects which support priority and emerging needs across Surrey.

The Surrey Community Fund (SCF) was originally established in 2006 and since then has been used in various ways to address identified gaps and funding needs.

The Fund supports current and emerging needs in communities across the county, and using our local knowledge and expertise, enables us to be pro-active and responsive in addressing critical issues identified at any one time.

Over recent years, we have identified areas of focus for a given period, such as mental health, ethnic minority communities, and support for women and girls.

During 2021-22 the Surrey Community Fund will focus on addressing:

Health & wellbeing

Opportunities for education and training

Promoting inclusion & overcoming disadvantage

Empowering communities

 

The Fund is currently supporting the county to cope and recover following COVID-19.

Recovery from COVID-19

In 2020 we delivered the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund, providing emergency response grants to charitable organisations providing direct action to those impacted by the virus. At the time of writing, many of the inequalities that already existed in Surrey are now more prevalent due to COVID-19, and new economic and inequality challenges have arisen as a direct result of the virus.

Our aim now is to help local residents and communities to cope and recover from COVID-19, bringing hope to local people’s lives and empowering communities to move forwards.

With your help, we can continue to get funding to where it is most needed and empower local communities to cope, recover and rebuild effectively.

We are delighted that Surrey County Council have also donated funding to this programme in order to match donations – so that every £100 donated will be doubled to £200.

You can donate securely online via our Enthuse giving page.

Alternatively, you can donate via bank transfer. Please contact us for information on how to do this.

You can apply for a grant from our Surrey Community Fund by filling out our Expression of Interest Form.

Surrey Hills Trust Fund

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The Community Foundation for Surrey is working in partnership with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to manage the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

Our beautiful Surrey Hills are in danger of irreversible damage from development and careless over use. To protect our children’s rural heritage, please support the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

The Fund has been established to help conserve and enhance this specially protected landscape. By supporting projects, programmes and activities that benefit the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we can ensure our countryside is preserved.

We will work with local communities, landowners and partner organisations for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors to the Surrey Hills.

Give locally to protect the Surrey Hills now and in the future:

With your help, we can create a lasting legacy for the Surrey Hills ensuring it is enjoyed by generations to come. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund provides the chance to support projects that will benefit local communities and the environment.

How your donation can make a real difference:

The Surrey Hills Trust Fund will support a wide-range of local projects from landscape conservation grants to community enterprise schemes. Below are examples of areas of work that your donations could support:

  • Landscape Conservation projects to open up viewpoints, restore landscape features etc.
  • Working with volunteers to undertake landscape access and conservation work.
  • Educating younger generations on the importance and value of countryside.
  • Enhancing the ecology & biodiversity of the local area through practical projects.

 

The Surrey Hills Trust Fund helped students experience the Surrey Hills – Bear Grylls style!

The first grant awarded from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund enabled ten students from Therfield School in Leatherhead to undertake Forest School Survival Skills training, which involved building shelters, camp fires and learning how to forage for food, as well as outdoor team building.

They also undertook a mountain bike course on Leith Hill, learning how to navigate the trails, understand the environment and work together.

The aim was to offer a unique outdoor learning experience to young people who may not always get the opportunity, helping them engage with the Surrey Hills countryside and boosting confidence and learning.

Gail Rennie from Therfield School comments:

This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students. They have enjoyed the whole experience and learnt so much from practical skills to pulling together to work as a solid team. They have all worked really hard and these new skills will help to benefit their learning back in the classroom environment.

The programme was co-ordinated and led by the Leatherhead Youth Project (LYP), a charity launched in 2005 to help local young people to make safe, happy, resilient, and positive changes in their lives and in their community.

Oli Bell, LYP comments:

We were delighted to receive this grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and work with the group of students from Therfield School. The programme we provided has not only been great fun but provided the students with new skills vital for learning and helped to boost confidence.

Gordon Jackson, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund comments:

We were delighted to award this grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. It is so very important to engage young people with their local countryside. The benefit of outdoor education is immense from developing confidence to understanding the natural environment. I hope this programme has inspired these young people and that they carry this experience into their futures.

Surrey Young People’s Fund

The Surrey Young People’s Fund was established in October 2014 to support disadvantaged young people in Surrey to gain access to training and employment.

Grants are awarded by a panel of experienced volunteers who have a passion for assisting young people in Surrey to improve their employment prospects.

The Surrey Young People’s Fund provides funding for individuals (aged 16-25 inclusive) who are resident in Surrey. The purpose of the funding is to assist young people to move towards an identified goal in education, training, apprenticeship, or employment.

The Fund is a funder of last resort and applicants will be expected to have been unable to obtain funding from other sources. Our funds are limited and so we may not be able to award a grant for all the funding requested.

Grants will typically be up to £300 and will fund items that will directly enhance the young person’s employability skills, such as;

  • assisting them to obtain qualifications, certificates or licenses
  • developing vocational or technical skills
  • providing self-development opportunities that improve social skills, motivation and confidence

Download the full guidelines here.

 

Successful applicants are likely to be financially disadvantaged and typically fall into one of the following categories:
  • Educational under-achievers (having achieved or likely to achieve less than 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9)
  • Young people who are not in full-time employment (16+ hours per week)
  • Young people with disabilities or restricted by health conditions
  • Young people with mental health conditions
  • Young people in or leaving care
  • Carers (including Surrey Young Carers)
  • Offenders or ex-offenders
Examples of what grants may be used for or towards include:
  • Course fees and examination costs
  • Travel costs (for education, training or employment)*
  • Childcare (for short-term education or training)
  • Equipment, materials or tools
  • Work-related clothing*, or training
  • Volunteering/work placement costs
  • Online learning

*There is a £250 cap in funding for travel or work-related clothing.

In situations where applicants have disabilities or mental ill-health we often work in partnership with Surrey Supported Employment Fund. Click here to see more details – Surrey Supported Employment Fund.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply for a grant, please contact our Grants Manager, Nicola Bartlett at nicola@cfsurrey.org.uk.

Update – Grants for laptops

COVID-19 disrupted education since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, and continues to represent challenges to students and teachers. At the outset we were keen to fill the gap that existed as online learning became the main way of continuing studies during the first half of the summer term (though clearly a number of institutions remained open for teaching vulnerable and disadvantaged young people as well as the offspring of vital workers).

In parallel, the Government announced a scheme to provide laptops to many young people who otherwise couldn’t undertake online learning, and many colleges have risen to the challenge of online access by lending laptops to students who otherwise would have to rely on phone access to these materials.

SYPF is unable to provide laptops in situations where there is a statutory obligation for a Government body to provide one. We are unable to consider the provision of grants which are solely relating to laptops for college-based courses unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In the event of any questions about this, please contact Nicola Bartlett at nicola@cfsurrey.org.uk.

You can also download a Surrey Young People’s Fund flyer to help us spread the word about this Fund.

Follow the Surrey Young People’s Fund on Twitter using @SYPFund to stay up to date!

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