Haslemere Challice Community Fund

The Haslemere Challice Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of residents of Haslemere and the surrounding villages. The fund was established in partnership with the Challice Trust, originally established from a bequest made to the Haslemere community by Mrs Ruth Challice Bush in 1962. By working together we offer a fund that enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.

Since establishing the Fund has built an endowment of over £1million to support Haslemere and its residents. We have awarded over £363,000 in grants to a wide range of local charities and community organisations.

Why support the Haslemere Challice Community Fund?

As a town our needs are very specific, and local people are often faced with reduced access to facilities and funding. Our dedicated panel of local residents award grants to:

  • Help older or disadvantaged residents combat isolation and stay happy, healthy and included
  • Increase facilities, training, skills and experience for young people
  • Support local activities, services and community focal points
  • Fund projects that improve and preserve the village heritage, culture and environment

Examples of funded projects: 

Three Counties Money Advice service – £2,000

To support individuals and families at a time of economic crisis. 3 Counties Money Advice (3CMA) operates out of Haslemere Community Centre and offers FREE debt and benefit advice to anyone who calls in or makes an appointment. They have 70+ families from Haslemere and district who they support or advise.

Haslemere Festival Jubilee Event – £2,000

Funding to support the Jubilee Bonfire, Fireworks and Tea over the Jubilee weekend in 2022.

Cancer Testing South – £2,000

Free events at the Haslemere Comrades centre offering testing for men between 40 and 80 years of age for prostate cancer.

Download a copy of the 2016 Annual Fund Report for the Haslemere Challice Community Fund here.

How to give

This 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.

To donate, please contact us for more information.

Don’t forget Gift Aid! Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, the Haslemere Challice Community Fund 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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