Birtley House Fund

In 2007 Birtley House launched the Birtley House Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey. The funds raised help support local community groups and charities that implement projects falling into one of the following categories:

  • Supporting local community activities with a preference for projects supporting rural/village communities
  • Improving facilities, services and activities for older people
  • Providing training, development and intergenerational learning opportunities for local people
  • Environmental projects which conserve or improve the wildlife value of Surrey or which improves community access to and awareness of the environment


Example grants from the fund:

Weysight – £2,435

Weysight provide support for adults who have a visual impairment to develop new communication skills so that they can increase their independence.

Funding was awarded to support the communication classes for visually impaired people in Guildford and Godalming. WeySight runs twice weekly communication skills classes for visually impaired and blind people from the local area. The classes offer braille, moon, touch typing and IT skills training for attendees, as well as important social skills for those that are visually impaired to meet with others in a friendly and supportive environment. Class members, who may find it difficult to get out and about because of their disabilities, are transported to the classes by trained volunteers.

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We work business who want to give something back to their local communities to fund the charities and voluntary groups, providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Giving with the Community Foundation for Surrey is designed to be as simple as possible. Companies benefit from the Community Foundation’s due diligence, and knowledge of local needs.

We give you a chance to connect with their local area and directly benefit causes based on you companies values, passions and interests; whether that be supporting older people, those with disabilities, helping young people with education and training or local sporting projects.

Apply for funding

Applying for funding is easy. Simply fill out a quick Expression of Interest Form (EOI) to start the application process.

Tell us what you want to do, and how much you would like to apply for. The EOI is designed to save you time and provide us with a little more information about your funding needs prior to making a full application.

The grants team will then review your EOI against our fund criteria and advise you if we can invite you forward to make a full application.


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