Guildford Philanthropy

Giving opportunity, tackling need

Our purpose

Guildford Philanthropy aims to change people's lives by creating opportunities and tackling local need. Guildford is an affluent borough but there are areas of disadvantage where people need support to get back on their feet.

Guildford Philanthropy is a movement of successful local businesses and individuals who are building a fund to support less advantaged residents through difficult periods of their life. For example, we have supported projects that give a second chance to young people who have missed out on education and help people with disabilities and/or mental ill health into employment.

Find out more about the fund from Chairman, Peter Cluff, in the video below.

Match funding

Guildford Borough Council will match fund every £1 of private donations with a further 50p. If you are a UK tax payer your donation may also be eligible for Gift Aid, helping your donation go even further.

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Our projects

Guildford Bike Project and Glade are both excellent examples of the types of projects that Guildford Philanthropy supports. These short films show just what a difference they can make.

Apply for funding

If you are looking for funding you can apply through the Community Foundation for Surrey website. We recommend that you read through the application guidance notes before making your application.

About Community Foundation for Surrey

The Community Foundation is a charity that holds this fund and manages all donations and grants. Income is paid into two types of fund:

  • a flow through account provides immediate grants to support enterprise initiatives

  • an endowment fund ensures that a sustainable source of funding is available to back innovative ideas in the future

Visit the Guildford Philanthropy page on the Community Foundation website for more information.

Guildford Philanthropy Carers Support Fund

The Carers Support (Guildford) Fund is part of Guildford Philanthropy and makes small grants to carers who live in the borough of Guildford who are in need, in order to provide them with a respite from their caring role.

To find out more, or make an application, visit our page on the Community Foundation website.