Voluntary sector funding

Voluntary Sector Forum

We are planning to hold the 2022 Voluntary Sector Forum in the summer of 2022 at the Civic Centre in Esher. More details to follow shortly.   

Elmbridge Annual Grants Scheme

The Annual Grants Scheme for 2022/23 has now closed. The next funding round will open in November 2022.

Details of the 2021/22 awards.  

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding

The Community Infrastructure Levy allows the Council to raise funds from new developments to help fund the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development.

Based on regulations, 15% of CIL funds are used to fund local projects. The Council annually allocates this local portion of CIL funds to be spend on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place.

Successful CIL fund applications to date have included projects such as capital improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of an increasing school population, improvements to community facilities, footpath works and countryside access improvements.

Annually, the application period for CIL funding for local projects opens in February. Please visit our CIL funding webpage for more information.

Partnership Fund

We are pleased to announce that, working with Walton Charity and Walsingham Care, the Partnership Fund 2022 will be open for applications from Friday 1 July with a closing date of Friday 16 September. The Partners are keen to encourage applications that:

  • Promote personal health and wellbeing.
  • Address isolation and loneliness.
  • Increase volunteers supporting the Elmbridge community. 

All applicants should check the guidance notes before downloading an application form

Community Foundation for Surrey

The Community Foundation for Surrey awards grants to local charities and community and voluntary groups that help those living in areas of deprivation. The grants awarded have supported a wide variety of projects including facilities for young people, reducing isolation for older citizens, improving community facilities and projects for the disabled. The foundation also awards small grants to individuals with a disability, to help them overcome any barriers they may have in starting work. Please contact the Community Foundation for Surrey for further information.

Walsingham Care

The Charity provides financial support to people suffering from long-term ill health or disability. It offers assistance to poorer, elderly people and to organisations providing assistance to this vulnerable group. For more information please contact Walsingham Care.    

Walton-on-Thames Charity

Walton Charity is a local charitable foundation that works across Elmbridge. The organization's assets (people, land, property and funds) are used to tackle issues of poverty, health, loneliness, housing and educational attainment in the borough. For more information on their grants programme, sheltered housing and green spaces visit the Walton Charity webpage. 

Funding Advice

Elmbridge Borough Council, along with Walton Charity, are pleased to sponsor a dedicated Funding and Sustainability Advisor. If you would like support on finding grants, building a funding case,  structuring and writing grant applications, reviewing application drafts, business and financial plans and other supporting application information, as well as best practice advice on funding optimisation please contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA). You can also search for grants on the free Grants on Line Local funding portal on the CSVA website.  

Please see an example of the successful support the Advisor has provided to CHEER, a local voluntary organisation that supports Elmbridge residents: CSVA funding advice case study

Join our Community Lottery

Did you know we have launched the Elmbridge Community Lottery? This is a fundraising solution where you do not need a small society lottery licence, saving you precious admin time and annual fees. 

If you are a local not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a website for free! You get promotions with marketing materials throughout the year to help you shout about your cause plus supporters can win cash prizes up to the £25k jackpot every week.

For every £1 ticket sold, 60p goes to good causes - 50p is given to the group nominated by the ticket buyer and 10p goes to support other good causes within Elmbridge through a fund administered by the council. 20p goes towards prizes and the remaining 20p is for VAT and lottery administration costs. 

It's an ideal, safe, online fundraising solution for a wide range of causes, such as community groups, clubs, charities, sports clubs, animal welfare and many more!  

Find out more and register today

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