Guildford Philanthropy


Guildford Philanthropy was established to turn ideas into successful social enterprises to help tackle community needs across the borough. By supporting social enterprise the Fund gives local people and community groups access to the resources they need to get their ventures off the ground to benefit them and their neighbourhoods.

Social enterprise can play a key role in improving prospects in our less advantaged communities. Guildford Philanthropy aims to bring together experienced and successful business people, residents and communities to develop sustainable local enterprise schemes.

These projects can deliver training opportunities, new skills and work experience to residents who may have missed out. The Fund helps local people to build new businesses who in the long term will manage and develop them further.

The Fund also helps charities, community and voluntary organisations to become more sustainable and increase their income generation, as well as supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship across the third sector.

Just last week, Guildford Philanthropy was awarded the Mayor’s Community Heroes Award 2021; recognising their exceptional work supporting local people through the pandemic.

Since March 2020, the Area Fund has come together with charities such as Foodwise TLC, helping them to provide over 30,000 cooked meals for over 300 vulnerable families in their first four months of the outbreak.

14 grants from the Guildford Philanthropy Fund, totalling over £141,000, have supported a number of local charities at this critical time. In addition, 50 laptops have been donated to Kings College so their students can continue their online studies while at home.

You can visit the Guildford Philanthropy website here for further information:



Match Funding

Guildford Philanthropy gives everyone the chance to support their local community. To encourage potential philanthropists, Guildford Borough Council will match fund every £1 of private donations with a further 50p. If you are a UK tax payer your donation may also be eligible for Gift Aid, helping your donation go even further!



+ Match Funding: £500 = Total gift


Gift Aid: £250


How to give

Guildford Philanthropy is a long-term fund that people can either donate to now, or leave a legacy to in the future. Donations can be made at any level, either as one-off donations or spread over a period of time. They can be donated as gifts of cash, legacies, shares, property or land.

The easiest way to donate is via our donation page (click here) a simple and secure method of online giving via the Enthuse platform. If you would like to make a bank transfer, please contact us for more information. 

Don’t forget Gift Aid! Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, Guildford Philanthropy will receive an extra 25p from HM Revenue & Customs, helping your donation go further.

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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