Please note, we are currently not accepting applications for this programme

The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national programme supporting youth projects around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, enabling participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Please note, our next round of funding will open for applications in September – Deadline 17th October 2019


  • Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Projects can be up to a year in duration
  • Groups should deliver social action opportunities for young people age 10 -20 years old, or 25 for disabled people.


  • This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs.
  • National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
  • New groups that can demonstrate they are financial robust can apply.

What can #iwill fund?

  • Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff and other related expenses
  • Development and capacity building costs – Budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
  • Volunteer costs – Budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs – Budget for resources to facilitate a project / activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
  • This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that support young people to thrive and where the involvement of young people in social action will improve the outcomes of the organisation.
  • Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are as valuable as existing project delivery itself.

What #iwill can’t fund

  • Statutory services
  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.

Are there any special conditions?

Applicants must indicate how many young people they plan to work with over the course of the funded project and arrange for their young people to fill in a standard fund questionnaire available on Survey Monkey on completion of their funded project.

Further information and the full guidance notes will be updated soon – so please do check back!

Looking for inspiration? Surrey Youth Focus have provided some examples of Youth Social Action 2018 projects here.

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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