Mental Health Fund

Surrey Mental Health Fund

The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce that we have launched a Mental Health Fund for Surrey, which will focus on helping improve mental health amongst children and young people.

Having identified the need for a dedicated fund for Mental Health in Surrey, we have worked with partners in the statutory and voluntary sector to develop the priorities for the fund, based on emerging needs and gaps in support across the county. After consulting with these partners, it became clear that there is a need to support the mental health of children of primary school age and during the transition into secondary school, when mental health problems can start to occur. The Mental Health Foundation notes that approximately 70% of people with a mental health problem have not had support at a sufficiently early age, and that 50% of mental health problems are established by the time a child reaches 14.

Therefore, initially grants will be made to early intervention projects helping children and young people aged 8-13 develop emotional resilience and self-esteem. Consideration will be given to innovative new ideas and pilot projects as well as existing work.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Encouraging healthier use of Social Media amongst children and young people
  • Self Harm prevention and support
  • Projects led by young people, including activities which raise awareness of youth mental health issues

Grants will typically be between £5,000-£10,000, however smaller projects are welcome to apply.

Information for grant applicants

The Fund is NOW OPEN for our third round of applications – please visit our Apply for Funding page and submit your full application before our next deadline on 18th October! 

To read the grant application guidelines for the Community Foundation for Surrey, click here. The Community Foundation for Surrey cannot fund projects which are a statutory responsibility.

Grants Awarded

We are delighted to have awarded 12 grants totalling £93,414 since opening the Fund at the beginning of 2019. Please see below for the full list of projects supported to date:

  • Discovery Church Trust –  £9,000 funding for an after-school club which supports vulnerable young people of primary school age in Chertsey
  • Matrix Trust – £9,998 funding for transition support for vulnerable pupils moving from Year 6 to Year 7 in Guildford
  • SparkFish – £6,000 awarded for Child Centred Therapy programmes using art and drawing in Reigate and Banstead
  • North Downs Schools Partnership – £4,000 awarded for workshops and debates for young people in schools about social media and mental ill health.
  • University of West London – £10,150.00 awarded for early intervention clubs for young people at risk of mental ill-health in Elmbridge
  • Peer Productions – ‘Hidden’, a performance raising awareness of self-harm, performed at schools across Surrey
  • George Abbott School – ‘Space for Young Minds’ – a series of wellbeing projects developed by student wellbeing Ambassadors
  • Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum – ‘Being Ourselves’, a pilot project exploring issues which affect mental health of BAME young people
  • YMCA East Surrey – Early intervention mental health workshops in schools in East Surrey
  • 40 Degreez Centre – ‘Health Hub’ project, offering dedicated 1:1 and group support sessions for young people
  • Momentum – Specialist counselling for young people who are living with cancer
  • Prospero Theatre – Multi phase project to support the wellbeing of boys at Sunnydown School

Mental Health Facts

The Mental Health Foundation estimate that 1 in 10 children and young people have poor mental health –equating to an estimated 14,500 individuals between the ages of 5 and 15 in Surrey – and, furthermore, that ‘70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age’. The Foundation also notes that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, highlighting the need for early intervention projects such as those we are aiming to fund.

In August 2018, The Children’s Society published a report which revealed that 22% of 14 year old girls in the UK had self-harmed during the previous year. Based on the figures, the Children’s Society estimates that 109,000 young people self harmed during a 12 month period when the data was collected in 2015.

During Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (Feb 4th-8th), the Princes Trust released new research which revealed that half of young people surveyed said that looking at social media makes them feel inadequate.

Also during Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be unveiled new data showing that 56% of children worry about something all the time.

Donations to the Mental Health Fund

We are continuing to grow the balance available to the Mental Health Fund, and are actively seeking individuals, businesses and trusts who may be interested in becoming a donor.

Donate to the Mental Health Fund

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, simply send a cheque payable to the Surrey Mental Health Fund to:

Community Foundation for Surrey, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB

Alternatively you can donate online via Virgin Money Giving here.

Don’t forget Gift Aid! Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, the Surrey Sports 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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