Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Criteria for Groups

The aim of the Community Foundation for Surrey is to award grants to community and voluntary groups that make a genuine difference to the lives of people in Surrey.

Who we support

  • Registered charities working for the benefit of people in Surrey
  • Voluntary and community groups which are charitable in purpose and are working for the benefit of people in Surrey
  • Not for profit organisations such as CIC with a clear social purpose working for the benefit of people in Surrey – such organisations can generate surpluses but where they do they are reinvested to support the charitable work of the organisation.
  • National charities may apply where the local branch is independent and locally constituted, the project is clearly locally driven and accounted for, and funding will be used to support work which is for the benefit of the people of Surrey.
  • Faith groups – where the project clearly benefits the wider community.

To be eligible you should have;

Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply under the umbrella of another group which will act as a fund holder for the grant.

Where there are possible external requirements such as planning permission, please ensure that you have checked whether planning permission is needed prior to submitting the application and if planning permission is needed, that you have commenced the process of obtaining permission.

Conditions of Grant


Any grant award is made with the following conditions:

  • If the project/activity changes in any way from the original application, the Community Foundation for Surrey will be notified immediately. Significant variations may result in the grant being altered or withdrawn.
  • An End of Grant Form will be completed and returned to the Community Foundation for Surrey.
  • A copy of your organisation’s annual accounts for the period will be provided to the Community Foundation and these will clearly show the grant award from the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Our Priorities


Our priorities are expressed in four broad areas – which inevitability overlap.

  • Health & Wellbeing – Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
  • Education & Skills – Improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise
  • Disadvantage & Exclusion – Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to local services
  • Stronger Communities – Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity

In addition, our funds will support Arts Culture and Heritage and Environment projects where they address social welfare and community need.

What kind of projects can we fund?

We can make grants to support most types of community activity depending on the range of funds available.


This includes:

  • Core costs / essential running costs
  • Revenue costs
  • Capital costs
  • New projects
  • Existing projects
  • One-off initiatives

We cannot support:

  • For profit businesses
  • National programmes without a specific benefit to Surrey
  • Faith groups where the project is exclusively for the benefit of members or for proselytising
  • Councils, Parish Councils or schools (PTAs set up as a charity can apply)
  • Projects that are based outside of Surrey
  • Projects which have already taken place or items purchased prior to or during a grant application
  • Unspecified expenditure for general appeals or fund-raising events/activities
  • Core costs for CICs
  • CIC limited by Shares
  • Requests to build reserves
  • Funding for Statutory obligations
  • Political activities

Please note organisations which hold a high level of free reserves are unlikely to be funded.

Guidance notes for Individuals


Our Surrey Young People’s Fund awards grants to individuals. We recommend you read through the fund Guidance notes before submitting an Expression of Interest. Use the link below to download the eligibility criteria for our fund supporting individuals.

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

Expression of Interest Form


If you have more than  project you need to fund or don’t know how to proceed please call the grants team on 01483 478092 for an informal chat.

Please note that we do not award retrospective grants – be sure to allow plenty of time to go through the grants process. For groups applying we would recommend you allow a minimum of 3 months. The process for individuals can be turned around quicker but please do still allow plenty of time, the process can take up to 2 months.