Surrey Community Fund

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

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, contact us for more information or simply send a cheque payable to the Surrey Community Fund to:

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

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