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We support local charities, community and voluntary groups in Surrey whose work benefits our communities.


We have a range of giving options, which will allow you to effectively channel your giving to local causes you are passionate about.


The Community Foundation for Surrey is a philanthropic charity established to inspire local giving for local needs.

We work with individuals, families, businesses and trusts who want to give something back to their local communities in a way that works best for them. Our bespoke funds provide donors with a flexible and convenient service, using our expert local knowledge to connect them with the causes they care about which are meeting the needs of their community. Donors can choose how involved they get, knowing that our experienced team will manage the day to day grant making and due diligence. Importantly, our donors tell us that it is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding to be involved with the Community Foundation for Surrey!

Since establishing in 2005, we have generated £22million to benefit community groups supporting most disadvantaged areas in Surrey, including having built an endowment of £12million to ensure that our donors’ giving continues to make a sustainable, lasting impact. With a range of giving options, the Foundation can assist you to channel your giving to where it will be most effective on a local level.

1) A bespoke fund

We currently have 82 funds which include individual & family funds and corporate funds. Funds can be established to benefit a particular theme of community activity or geographic area important to you.

We will work with you to establish your aims and areas of interest, and we will then be ready to start sharing grant applications with you throughout the year for your consideration, usually on a quarterly basis. We will help you discover incredible local projects making a difference on your doorstep, and you have the peace of mind knowing that our team have thoroughly assessed each project, prior to your consideration of awarding a grant.

In order to launch a bespoke fund, a minimum donation amount will apply.

Your fund can be:

Endowment Fund

A capital sum is invested into an endowment, and the income generated provides grant making funds throughout the year, minus a contribution to the Community Foundation’s time. Funds can be established as a one-off donation or built over a number of years. Endowments provide a fantastic long-term investment, allowing donors to continue giving for years to come.

Flow-through Fund

You make a donation to your fund which is immediately available for awarding grants to local projects. Our team will work with you to understand your passion and aims, and will then put forward grant applications for your consideration on a regular basis. Flow-through funds are usually topped up annually, and a contribution to the Community Foundation applies.

In both instances, the Community Foundation is proud to work in partnership with our donors to provide an expert service to ensure that your giving goes to worthwhile causes in the areas you are passionate about. Our team enjoy working closely with our donors to achieve your philanthropic aims, and some of the benefits of our service include detailed due diligence checks of the groups we support, strong knowledge of needs across Surrey and the community groups within it, opportunities to visit the charities you support, quarterly grant applications from local projects for you to consider, an expert finance team who manage your fund and the accounting and investment requirements, and end of grant reports from the projects you’ve supported.

2) Collective Funds

As an alternative to establishing a bespoke fund, you can collaborate with other donors and contribute to one of our collective giving funds. These funds pool donations from a number of donors who all share the same passion for a particular cause, and grants are awarded by a panel of donors and local individuals.

Our collective funds include:




Health & Wellbeing

Education & Skills


Surrey Hills Trust Fund – enhancing lives through landscapes

Surrey Community Arts Fund – widening participation in the arts

Surrey Community Fund – supporting needs across the county

Surrey Sports Fund – enabling access to sports for all

Surrey Education Fund – access to training and opportunities for young people

Surrey Supported Employment Fund – overcoming barriers to work for people with disabilities

Surrey Young People’s Fund – supporting disadvantaged young people in Surrey to gain access to training and employment


3. Area Funds

We also have a number of area funds across the county which allow donors to pool donations which can have a bigger impact.

Borough-wide Funds

Town Funds

We will provide donors with regular updates on grants awarded from these collective funds, to ensure donors can stay up to date with which projects have been supported from the collective fund they have contributed to.

We continue to be developing new collective funds and look forward to announcing more later in 2018.

To find out more about giving, please click on one of the quick links to the right of the page, or call us on 01483 478092.