Funding body information

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council
Contact Centre
Room 296-298
County Hall
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
03456 009 009

Point of contact:

Donal Hegarty, VCS - Senior Manager,


There are various funding opportunities available for local voluntary and community groups based in Surrey.

Community Improvement Fund

The fund has been set up to support local community-based initiatives with real positive impacts on people's lives. The funding is intended primarily to cover capital costs linked to community infrastructure projects. Applicants can apply for grats between £10,000 and £30,000.

Grants are allocated once a year. Note that applications deadline for the 2015 - 2016 period is on July 22nd 2015.

For further details, visit the council's website or contact your local Council Councillor or The Community Partnership and Committee Officer for your area.

Community Foundation in Surrey

The Community Foundation in Surrey is dedicated to stimulate the development of the voluntary sector in the area. Surrey Community Fund awards grants to those most in need and receiving the least support across Surrey.

For further information, please visit their website.

More funding opportunities

There are additional sources of support that local voluntary and community groups can have access to.

  • Council Member Allocation: Each county councillor has a budget allocation so organisations and groups can apply for funds for projects that promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of the local community. Contact your local councillor to find out more.
  • Surrey Councils for Voluntary Sector in Surrey: Surrey's Councils for Voluntary Service (CVSs) take the lead in providing infrastructure support to the VCFS. Funded by the County Council, District and Borough Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups, CVSs provide a range of services including volunteer brokerage and advice on governance and funding. Contact your local Council for Voluntary Sector to find out how they support and help you.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector homepage

Useful organisations:

Surrey CVS:

Surrey Community Action:

Regional Action and Involvement South East:

Government Office of the South East:

Surrey County Council website has a specific voluntary sector page, which gives details of the councils current funding arrangements to the voluntary sector.

Further information is also included on infrastructure support, councils for voluntary service, strategy documents, the local compact and useful contacts and links.

Further information is also given relating specifically to tenders and contracts and where the details of these can be found and applied to.

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