How to apply for the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund
The Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund offers help to individuals and families in our borough who are experiencing financial difficulties. Find out how to apply.
If you would like to apply for a grant from the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund you must:
live in the borough of Guildford
be referred by a third party, such as a Guildford Borough Council Officer, Councillor, Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services, Health Visitor, doctor, school
check if you should first apply to Guildford Poyle Charities. This applies if your address is in the central area of Guildford - see map.
Applying to Guildford Poyle Charities
If your address falls within the postcode areas GU1, GU2, part of GU3 and part of GU4, then the third party who has referred you and is applying for you, must first contact Guildford Poyle Charities.
- download an application form from the Guildford Poyle Charities website
call 01483 303678
write to Guildford Poyle Charities, 208 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3JB.
Unsuccessful applications to Guildford Poyle Charities
If your application to Guildford Poyle Charities is unsuccessful, then please apply to the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund.
You must declare on the application that you have previously applied to Guildford Poyle Charities but have been unsuccessful.
Please give details as to why the application was declined. If you do not do this, your application will be referred back to you.
Applying to the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund
Our online application process is straightforward and most applications are turned around within five working days.
A third party must apply on your behalf.
Please note that you will be asked to give financial information, including details of savings and income. This information will be used to help us assess your application.
Therefore, the third party must demonstrate (by ticking the appropriate box) that they have your permission to share the personal information that is contained within the application.
The third party applying for the fund should follow these steps:
Once you have received your user name and password, click the Organisation Login link.
Attach a supporting letter with your form, and a quotation or invoice if you are applying for a grant for a specific item.
If the application is approved, an electronic BACS payment will be sent to the third party to give the financial help needed. Third party organisation's bank details (account name, account number and sort code) should be confirmed within 'Cheque Payable to' section of the form.
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. Please also send photocopies of receipts for items purchased, if appropriate, to Annette Stone, Civic Support, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB.
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.
If you have already applied to Guildford Poyle Charities, 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.
The Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund details
The maximum grant that can be given is up to £250 (one application only within a calendar year).
What the grant may be given for
Grants may be given for kitchen items and appliances, household furniture, clothing, Debt Relief Orders.
What grants are not given for
Grants will not be given for ongoing expenses, such as, rent, utility bills, debts.
Before applying for a grant towards the cost of school uniforms from the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund, please check with your school's Home School Link Worker as they may be able to help.
If applying for a grant towards the cost of carpeting, please confirm room measurements.
For more information about the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund or the Arundel House Charity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surrey County Council Local Assistance Scheme
Surrey County Council runs the Surrey 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.
To find out more, and apply, please visit: Surrey County Council Local Assistance Scheme.
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.
To find out more, and apply, please visit: the Glasspool website.
Guidance for applications - Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund