The Horsleys Community Fund (HCF) was established in 2010, as a conduit for residents of East and West Horsley to be able to give in order to support their neighbours.
The fund is managed by a group of trustees (currently seven), drawn from both villages, who work to encourage donations to the fund and to enable grants from it. The trustees meet about six times a year.
HCF is a fund within the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) which provides all administrative and investment services. Our charitable status is provided by their registration.
Donations to the fund are usually invested into an endowment fund. HCF has two of these funds, which were each established to allow us to claim matched funding for a fixed period from the government (in 2010 and 2012). These funds are invested with others managed by CFS (which together total over £15 million) and the CFS investment committee is responsible for ensuring that the best returns are achieved by the investment managers.
The returns from our investments are passed to a flow-through fund which is used for making grants.
Donations to the HCF since March 2010 have reached £128k and in addition CFS have claimed on our behalf over £53k of matched government funding and Gift Aid.
In 2015 another local charitable trust with very similar objectives, the Lady Noel Byron Nursing Trust, was incorporated into HCF, adding a further £60k to the fund.
Investment returns of £135k (after deduction of CFS charges) have resulted in investments of over £310k being held (at 31 March 2022).
The criteria adopted for awarding grants are:
– The recipient must be a resident of East or West Horsley, or an organisation based in either village, with insufficient means to meet the need identified
– The applicant must demonstrate that alternative sources of funding have been explored
– The applicant must be able to demonstrate that the grant requested will create a sustainable benefit.
In the 12 years of our operation we have awarded 70 grants totaling £63k, ranging in size from £80 to £2,500, to 38 local organisations and individuals.
Grant applications are made to CFS who carry out due diligence checks and make recommendations to the trustees. The HCF trustees decide whether to award grants on the basis of these recommendations as well as personal contact with the applicants.
Chart showing the relative number of grants awarded by recipient type
Press coverage about Horsleys Community Fund
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Thank you to our supporters
“The Horsleys Community Fund Steering Panel would like to wholeheartedly thank our supporters; those who give regular donations by Standing Order, those who have remembered us in their Wills, fundraisers and occasional donors – you make a genuine difference to our community.“
If you or anyone you know could benefit from our support, please do get in contact.
We get a continuous stream of requests which we hope to be able to continue to meet with the help of our supporters – please get in touch! Call Clare Mathias on 01483 281755, or email Claritaclare@gmail.com.”
– Clare Mathias, Horsleys Community Fund Panel Chair
Download the Horsleys Small Grants Form here, to apply for a grant up to the value of £2,000.
For grant applications over the value of £2,000, Express your Interest here.
Hold an event
Could you host a drinks reception, private dinner, dance night or garden party to raise money for the Horsleys Fund? Please contact us to discuss your plans.
Are you doing a sponsored swim or holding a local festival? How about supporting local people in need in the Horsleys? Set up your fundraising page here (click here)
Alternatively, you can donate to the Horsleys Community Fund via our donation page (click here) through Enthuse online donation platform.
Interested in leaving a legacy?
Further information about leaving a legacy to the Horsleys can be found here.
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Our panel consists of East and West Horsley residents who aim to make sure that those in need have access to the Fund. A Zoom photo of the team at work!