Voluntary sector funding

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus response funding

The Community Foundation for Surrey has launched a funding scheme to support voluntary sector organisations which are helping the relief effort during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded to groups supporting vulnerable and isolated residents of the county. For full information, terms and details on how to apply, please visit the response fund web page.

Voluntary Sector Forum 2020 

Due to the advice given on Covid-19, we have decided to postpone this year’s Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) until 2021 (timings will be confirmed closer to the date). Many thanks for your understanding. 

For further information on the status on Council services, please see our Coronavirus (Covid-19) webpage.    


Elmbridge Annual Grants Scheme

Applications for Annual Grants 2021/22 are open from Monday 16 November 2020. We will accept applications from non-profit making voluntary organisations or social enterprises, for activity designed to support Elmbridge residents, in particular groups supporting vulnerable people. The maximum amount of funding that may be applied for is £4,000 and the closing date for applications is 29 January 2021.

The Council would like to encourage applications from organisations who need to change the way they deliver their service due to Covid e.g. additional staff /volunteer training for those already providing support for vulnerable people, increased provision of befriending, purchase of PPE etc.  We also recognise that many vulnerable clients may need additional support with digital access and groups who are able to offer enhanced support in this area are also encouraged to apply.  

Please ensure that you read the guidelines before making an application. An online application form will be available from this page in the next few weeks. 

For more information on annual grants please email commservices@elmbridge.gov.uk 

Details of the 2020/21 awards can be found in the funding results table.

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 webpagefor more information.

Partnership Fund

The 2020 Partnership Fund is currently on hold due to the impact of COVID-19. Further updates will be made available on this page when funding status has been confirmed. 

If you are voluntary organisation and require funding/funding advice please contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action on 01372 463587 or email contact@csva.co.uk.

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

The charity wants to improve the lives of people living in Walton-on-Thames and the wider Borough of Elmbridge. Grants are offered to local people at a time of crisis or other need, and community grants have been designed to enable and support local organisations to provide a wide range of front line services to many people living in the local community. For more information please contact the Walton-on-Thames charity.    

Funding search

If you would like support accessing information on grant giving bodies, you can request a grantfinder search by contacting Central Surrey Voluntary Action on 01372 463587 or by visiting their website. They can also support organisations with writing funding applications.

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