The Cyrus Fund, just like the Community Foundation for Surrey’s other Funds, was established by a local Donor.
The Fund awards grants to support local grassroots organisations to do things that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to do.
Grants are targeted to enable local groups to grow and develop, or improve the services they offer to local people.
Grants are focused in Waverley, and particularly around the Godalming area and fund capital costs or one-off items to improve or extend existing services and infrastructure, or to help develop a new initiative.
Examples of funded projects:
1275 Godalming Air Cadets – £2,000
The Air Training Corps is a voluntary uniformed youth organisation which is supported, in part, by the Royal Air Force. It provides the opportunity to learn valuable skills, receive training and gain personal development for young men and women aged 12-20.
Funding supported the purchase of a flight simulator to assist the Air Cadet Squadron in providing training for young air cadets. The simulator offered an opportunity to learn practical aviation skills alongside an established training process resulting in a BTEC in Aviation Studies. It facilitated better learning through physical and realistic demonstrations, as as acting as an exciting addition to the training programme.
Elstead Sharks Youth Football Club – £1,275
Elstead Sharks Football Club (ES) started operating in 2008 and is a youth football club that caters for 206 children from the Elstead area and surrounds.
Funding was awarded to replace the clubs 20 year old rusted steel goals. New FA approved aluminium goals were purchased in order to improve the safety of the children aged 13-18 that attend the club. Thick, but lightweight these goals also benefit other local teams such as the Elstead Ladies, Men’s and Vets teams.