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.