Our Surrey Community Fund awards grants to support unmet need in projects which do not otherwise meet the criteria of one of the Foundation’s existing Donor Funds, or that cannot be fully funded by Donors.
Grants are awarded to groups who have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and to support changes that improve the quality of people’s lives either through building stronger communities, improving health and wellbeing and supporting education, skills and enterprise.
The fund has already supported some amazing projects, but with your help we can continue to get funding to where it is most needed to make a real local difference.
Example Grants from the Fund FY 2018/19:
The Lucy Rayner Foundation – £5,000
The Lucy Rayner Foundation aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults and to provide emotional support and education for young adults with mental health issues and their families.
This grant enabled the Foundation to run 10 talks and workshops involving young people aged 13-18 in 4 schools across Surrey. These workshops raised awareness about mental health in young people and enabled participants to build resilience, to learn tools and techniques to support themselves, as well as helping them to understand that talking and asking open questions in relation to mental health is key.
4getMe-Nots – £1,500
4getMe-Nots is a user-led community group for vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged adults aged 18 and over and was set up by people with experience of mental health problems, learning disability or unpaid caring responsibilities. The group provides a safe environment in which members can make friendships, be creative, support each other, relax, build up confidence and be encouraged to participate more fully in daily activities.
This was a multi-year grant to support the groups essential running costs year 1 of 2.
Generation Church Foodbank for the continuation of counselling sessions to support people suffering with mental health issues
MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival CIO for a creative arts project involving people with mental ill-health
Cruse Bereavement Care South West Surrey for essential running costs
Oakleaf Enterprise for their Everyman Choir, supporting vulnerable local men, particularly those suffering mental ill-health
Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau to support a specialist Mental Health Outreach service
Sayapatri Nepali Cultural Group for essential running costs
Home-Start Spelthorne to continue to recruit, train and supervise volunteers to support families
Relate West Surrey for relationship counselling
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide for specialist counselling for members