Voluntary and community organisations across the borough are set to benefit from grant funding totalling almost £300,000 from Guildford Borough Council. CHIPS playscheme, Oakleaf Enterprise and Guildford Action are among those who will receive Council support for the valuable work they do within our local community. The funding was provisionally agreed at last night’s Executive meeting (19 February), subject to approval of the Council’s budget for 2019-20 at the full Council meeting on 26 February.


Cllr Geoff Davis, Special Advisor to the Leader and Lead Councillor for Social Enterprise and the Voluntary Sector says: “Voluntary and community organisations deliver a wide range of services across our borough, including supporting some of our most vulnerable residents. This grant funding will help support the elderly, vulnerable and less advantaged in our community, which is a key priority for the Council. It will also help improve sports provision and support community projects across our area. I am delighted that we are once again able to support these organisations which play such a vital part in our community.”

We assessed applications for two separate grant schemes. The first was the Community Grants scheme, which is open to charity, social enterprise, community and voluntary organisations. We look at how well applications support our key priorities, provide facilities or activities that don’t already exist in the borough and how they benefit the local community.

We awarded grants to nine local groups worth a total of £62,396. These include a £15,000 grant to the 4th Farnham (Tongham) Scout Group for a new Scout HQ and community hub, £15,000 to the CHIPs playscheme for their summer 2019 scheme ‘Go Wild’ and £3,529 to Synergy Dance to deliver dance, yoga and wellbeing classes for people with special educational needs and visually impaired children.

The second scheme is for Grants to Voluntary Organisations, which we award to those who meet one of the following criteria:

– support older people in our community
– support vulnerable and less advantaged people in our community
– protect or enhance our environment
– enhance sport, cultural or recreational facilities
– improve health and wellbeing for our residents
– prevent homelessness and rough-sleeping in the borough
– provide skills, training and work opportunities for residents
– address rural deprivation.

We awarded grants to 16 voluntary organisations worth a total of £236,220. Projects we are supporting include:

– £90,000 to Guildford Action for day service provision for people at risk of homelessness
– £10,000 to Citizens’ Advice Guildford for a mental health project
– £20,000 to Oakleaf Enterprise for their ‘Action for social inclusion’.

A full list of grants awarded is available on our website under agenda item 5 of the Executive meeting held on 19 February 2019 www.guildford.gov.uk/council