Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation

The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation (BGF) is an independent charity, established in 1993 to support local churches and organizations with church links which respond to local needs by developing community projects.

BGF raise funds to support faith-linked projects and groups within the area of the Diocese of Guildford; projects that address needs at a local level and are committed to their local communities. Donations to the BGF are invested in an endowment fund to generate income, which is used to award grants to local community projects in perpetuity.

By working with the Community Foundation for Surrey, the charity is able to keep running costs to a minimum, maximising the impact of donations. BGF also benefit from their investment expertise and expert knowledge of local needs and grassroots projects across the Diocese.

 

Awarding grants that change lives


Since partnering with the Community Foundation for Surrey in 2011 the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation have awarded over 101 grants totalling over £384,000 to support local communities in the diocese. Some recent grant awards include:

  • A grant of £1,050 supported a new Video and Photography Arts Project, at All Saints Church Weston, Lower Green, giving young people an opportunity to learn teamwork, collaboration, problem solving as well as new technical skills in video and photo editing and learning to use industry standard software.
  • A grant of £3,000 support the Westcott Youth Club to continue engaging with young people to build self-esteem and skills, helping young people access activities they would otherwise not be able to afford.
  • A grant of £2,000 towards the cost of Matrix Trust’s Ready 4 Action project which offers practical help to families & individuals disadvantaged in their own communities by helping with overgrown gardens, removal of fly tipping in gardens, decorating homes and clearing community areas and promotes volunteering in local communities.

To read the Annual Report detailing the BGF’s grant-making activities in 2017, please see this link.

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We work with existing charitable trusts to manage their local grants programmes and are also endorsed by the Charity Commission for our work reinvigorating dormant or ineffective charitable trusts.

Trusts can establish a fund within the Foundation, set the grant criteria and make the decisions on grants awards, benefiting from the Community Foundations local knowledge of grassroots community groups across the County.

Our local expertise means we can often find wonderful grassroots projects, operating below the radar, where even a modest sum of money can make a huge difference.

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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