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New Funding Available For Local Groups In Guildford

Published on: 23 Mar, 2017
Updated on: 26 Mar, 2017

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

PHT 01The People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Surrey – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthSound through The Health Lottery, the People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Surrey.

Do you have a community project you ned funding?

Do you have a community project you need funding?

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

Voluntary Action South West Surrey (VASWS) is assisting with the search for potential groups and can help them to apply.

VASWSIan Ross of VASWS said: “The People’s Health Trust is looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

“It is also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.”

Voluntary Action South West Surrey's office at 39 Castle Street, Guildford.

Voluntary Action South West Surrey’s office at 39 Castle Street, Guildford.

John Hume, chief executive, of the People’s Health Trust, added: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities.

“Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.

If you would like to apply and would like some help with you application Voluntary Action South West Surrey can help advise whether you project is eligible and help with the application process. Contact Ian Ross 01483 504626 or email him at

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. To apply for funding, visit

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