Community Grants

Walton Charity awards grants to local charities, schools and social enterprises who are tackling poverty and inequality in Elmbridge. 

Our priorities include:

• Tackling the root causes of child poverty

• Alleviating financial poverty

• Promoting personal health and wellbeing – particularly mental health

• Addressing isolation and loneliness for those on low incomes

• Facilitating access to affordable housing

• Improving educational attainment for disadvantaged children and young people

We are particularly interested in funding projects which help improve the life chances of children and young people from low-income families across Elmbridge. We are also keen to support local organisations who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

We are incredibly grateful to Walton Charity for standing with us during this difficult period. They have continued to support us with existing commitments but also provided additional income, helping us to continue to meet the needs of vulnerable young people across Surrey
— Chris Hickford, Eikon CEO

Current priorities

Cost of living crisis

Local charities have stretched their resources to support their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with reduced reserves, decreasing donations and rising costs, the damaging financial impact on charities will be felt acutely. If your organisation is seeking additional funding to keep services going or to campaign for more support for your clients, get in touch to discuss your application.

Education grants

Including funding for:

  • local schools to support disadvantaged children affected by the pandemic, ensuring they are ready to learn. 

  • catch-up and early years interventions in local nurseries and schools with high numbers of disadvantaged children.

Note, grants should complement and not duplicate any statutory funding. See our Funding Guidelines for more information .

Mental health and wellbeing

Providing mental health support to those most affected by COVID-19, in particular children, young people and their families. 

Supporting innovation

COVID-19 has forced organisations to look at new ways of working. We want to support local organisations and schools who want to pilot new initiatives or innovate. Length and amount of funding available is flexible.

Bridge funding

  • Up to £10,000 (£15,000 on an exceptional basis) for smaller, well-managed charities to support short-term challenges of declining income and increasing service demand due to COVID-19.

  • Organisations will need to demonstrate they have a plan for long-term sustainability.

  • Will consider grants to help with organisational costs associated with mergers.

  • This funding is only open to organisations with an annual income of less than £3,000,000.

Small grants

  • Up to £5,000 to support charities, social enterprises and schools dealing with the impact of COVID-19, linked to our priority areas listed above.

  • These are only open to organisations with an annual income of less than £200K.

  • This funding stream is open all year round.

Other requests

We will continue to consider grant requests outside these areas where there is potential for high impact in areas of need, particularly in the areas of tackling child poverty and access to affordable housing across Elmbridge.

For more information and how to apply, please see our Funding Guidelines.

If you would like to discuss your application before submitting it, please complete the enquiry form below.

Elmbridge Partnership Fund

We are pleased to be working with Elmbridge Borough Council and Walsingham Care to offer funding through the 2022 Partnership Fund. For details of the funding criteria and application process, see the Elmbridge Borough Council website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 September.

Read more about our recent grants