The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund

If you live in the borough and have been referred to us, you can apply for a grant from the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund. The maximum grant that can be given is up to £250. You can only make one application within a calendar year.

Applications need to be referred

Referrals can come from a number of places including a Guildford Borough Council officer, a Councillor, Citizens Advice, social services, health visitor, doctor or school.

What the grant may be given for

Grants may be given for kitchen items and appliances, household furniture, clothing and debt relief orders.

What grants are not given for

Grants will not be given for ongoing expenses, such as, rent, utility bills, debts.

School uniforms

Before applying for a grant towards the cost of school uniforms from the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund, check with your school's home school link worker as they may be able to help.

Carpets

If applying for a grant towards the cost of carpeting, please confirm room measurements.

Before applying:

The organisation referring you (third party) must apply on your behalf.  It's an online application and we aim to turn applications around within five working days. The application asks for financial information, including details of savings and income. We use this to help us assess your application. We ask your referrer to show (by ticking the appropriate box) that they have your permission to share your personal information.

The third party applying for the fund should follow these steps:

1. The first step is to email civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk to ask for a user name and password. You will be asked to provide a copy of your privacy policy.  Once you have received your user name and password, click the organisation login link.

2. Attach a supporting letter with your form, and a quotation or proforma invoice if you are applying for a grant for a specific item. This especially applies to carpeting. The trustees will not consider an application for carpeting without a quotation.

3. If the application is approved, an electronic BACS payment will be sent to the third party to give the financial help needed.  The third party organisation's bank details (account name, account number and sort code) should be confirmed within 'Cheque Payable to' section of the form.

4. The third party must return a signed grant acknowledgement form, signed by both parties, and any unused money is to be returned to the fund. Send photocopies of receipts for items purchased, if appropriate, to Annette Stone, Civic Support, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. 

Please note:

  • if you have already applied to Guildford Poyle Charities, the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund (formerly known as The Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund) will not be able to provide funding if you are applying for the same item. However, you may apply for a different item for the same person
  • where the individual concerned is under 21 years of age and resides or attends school in our borough, the application will be automatically directed to the Arundel House Charity

For more information about the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund or the Arundel House Charity, email civicsecretary@guildford.gov.uk.

Surrey Crisis Fund

Surrey County Council runs the Surrey Crisis Fund, formerly known as the Local Assistance Scheme, which is a discretionary fund that provides financial help to Surrey residents who have nowhere else to turn in an emergency or after a disaster. It can also help set up a home in the community where no other funds or resources are available.

 More information about the Surrey Crisis Fund

Glasspool Charity Trust

Glasspool is a national charity providing small, one-off grants to individuals and families in need of financial support for everyday items.

 More information about the Glasspool Charity Trust