Surrey Young People’s Fund

The Surrey Young People’s Fund was established in October 2014 to support disadvantaged young people in Surrey to gain access to training and employment.

Grants are awarded by a panel of experienced volunteers who have a passion for assisting young people in Surrey improve their employment prospects.

Download the full Fund guidelines here



Since the lockdown at the beginning of the Easter holidays, and online learning becoming the norm to replace classroom and lecture-based teaching, SYPF has responded by assessing applications from many of our target groups for the provision of laptops to facilitate online learning. We have been keen to fill the gap that existed as online learning became the main way of continuing studies during the first half of the summer term (though clearly a number of institutions remained open for teaching vulnerable and disadvantaged young people as well as the offspring of vital workers).

In parallel, the Government announced a scheme to provide laptops to many young people who otherwise couldn’t undertake online learning, and many colleges have risen to the challenge of online access by lending laptops to students who otherwise would have to rely on phone access to these materials.

As we are now moving into the final few weeks of the summer term at most colleges, and the provision of support for online learning has become more generally available, SYPF will be ceasing the provision of grants specifically relating to the provision of laptops for college-based courses for the remainder of this academic year.

In the event of any questions about this, please contact our Grants Officer Nicola Bartlett at


Fund criteria

Grants support individuals aged 16-25 at the time of application who are resident in Surrey and show the motivation to achieve their goals. Feedback will be required after any grant is awarded.

Applicants should be in one of the following five target groups:

  • Over 18 and unemployed (working less than 16 hours per week)
  • Aged 16 -18 and not in full-time or part time school or college education or work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
  • Educational under-achievers (having achieved or likely to achieve fewer than 5 GCSEs grades A-C, or equivalent)
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • In or leaving care

Grants from the Surrey Young People’s Fund will typically be between £50 and £200 and can fund items directly related to enhance the young person’s employability skills, either through:

  • Qualifications, certificates or licences
  • Vocational or technical skills, or
  • Self-development opportunities which improve social skills, motivation and confidence

Requests should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Course fees
  • Travel costs (for education, training or employment)
  • Childcare (for short term education or training)
  • Equipment, materials or tools
  • Work or training related clothing
  • Volunteering/work placement costs
  • Online learning


Make a funding enquiry now

Download the Surrey Young People’s Fund Report 2014 -2016 for more information.

You can also download a Surrey Young People’s Fund flyer to help us spread the word about this Fund.

Meet our Surrey Young People’s Fund Panel

Andrew, Catherine, Nick, Sally, Anna and Simon

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 Young People’s 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 Young People’s 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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