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

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.

Sente Software Fund

25th October 2021

Surrey Heartlands NHS Charities Community Partnership Fund

Southern 360 Fund

Southern360 is strengthening its grants programme by working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to manage the ‘Making Communities Better’ Fund.

The small grants pot of up to £5,000 per application are be aimed at supporting projects that address the priority issues in our Southern360 Community Investment Strategy; Tackling Poverty, Health and Wellbeing and Neighbourliness and Communities.


Southern 360 are keen that residents of its housing stock should be pro-actively encouraged to access and participate in activities supported by the Fund. Applicants are encouraged to make contact with the development lead at Southern Housing. Details can be found below:


Mark Meredith

Community Partnerships and Project Manager

Southern Housing Group


Thermotech Strategic Fund

SES Water Fund

Lower Green Neighbourhood Grants Fund

LBM Jem Fund