Community grants

Who can apply

Farnham’s community grants are available to any not-for-profit organisation. The grants are for one-off projects or schemes that require funding for up to three years.

Grant criteria

You will need to demonstrate how the project will promote the environment and/or community life for residents who live in Farnham and the town’s villages. See the Community grants policy and guidelines before you complete an application.

Grant limit

Grants of up to £2,000 can be applied for once a year.

What can be funded

We will consider applications for:

  • youth facilities
  • cultural and arts schemes
  • heritage projects
  • leisure, sport and play facilities
  • community buildings
  • village halls
  • community transport
  • projects that support older people and/or people with a disability, and
  • sustainable community environmental projects

When to apply

Grant applications can be made from the autumn.

How to apply

To apply you will need to complete an application form, which will be available in the autumn.

How applications are assessed

Members of the Strategy and Finance Working Group consider all applications in early January. Their recommendations go before Full Council in February/March when the final decisions are made.

When are grant cheques paid

Grants are sent in April/May.

Keep in touch

If you would like to receive reminders and updates from us about our community grants scheme please email us or use the contact details on this page.

South Street Trust grants

Who can apply

Farnham organisations who wish to apply for a funding for an art-based educational activity.

Grant criteria

  • projects should involve creative input from, and be of educational value to the students concerned
  • the eligibility of institutions where there are young people other than those from the Farnham area will depend on the proportion of Farnham residents who would benefit from a grant if it was awarded
  • performing arts such as dance, drama and music are not eligible for grants from the Trust. If a project might be used in connection with a work of a performing e.g. a stage prop, this would not prevent it from receiving grant aid providing that the work involved in its production fitted the criteria given in point one.

Grant limit

There is no limit.

Successful applications

We award around 25 grants a year. In previous years this has included:

  • a clay exploration class for children aged three to 11 at Farnham Pottery
  • the commissioning of some artists to work with children in 12 local schools

When to apply

November/December – Grant round opens

January – Deadline for submitting grant application

March – Applications are considered

April/May – Grant cheques are paid

How to apply

To apply you will need to complete a South Street Trust grant application form. This will be available in the autumn.

How applications are assessed

Farnham Town Council is trustee of the fund. Members of the Council assess the applications and award grants to those that meet the criteria.

About the South Street Trust

The South Street Trust was set up following the sale of the Farnham School of Science and Art in 1986/87. The school was established by local philanthropists James and John Knight in 1880 for the ‘instruction of children and adults in drawing, painting, modelling, designing for architecture, manufacture and decoration and for no other purpose’.

Proceeds from the sale of the school were invested and the income of around £20,000 per annum is used to provide annual grants for art-based activities.

For further information email the South Street Trust.

Who can apply

Schemes where young people normally aged between 9 and 18 are actively involved in planning and delivery.

Grant limit

£100-£2,000

What can be funded

Projects that help reduce or prevent crime.

How applications are assessed

If your project ticks these boxes there is a good chance it will receive an award, new or existing.

  • shows young people how to prevent or reduce crime
  • makes everyone whatever their age feel safer in your local area
  • gives young people places to go and things to do, wherever you live

To apply

Email Surrey High Sheriff, visit the High Sheriff’s website or Facebook page.

Isabella Schroder Trust

Who can apply

You can apply for the Isabella Schroder Trust if you live in Wrecclesham, your family is in need or if you are involved with an organisation that benefits the village.

What can be funded

Grants are considered for individuals who are in financial hardship. A grant can be used to buy basic items of furniture or carpets, or to pay for a child’s school trip. Local organisations are also eligible and can receive a grant to start up or to expand their activities. To be considered for a grant, individuals/families must already be receiving all available state benefits. Each request from an individual or family normally needs a reference eg from a doctor, a home-school link worker, a social worker, a solicitor, the CAB or a member of the clergy.

To apply

If you are applying for an individual/family please complete application form and return it to: John Arbury, Secretary to the Trustees, Isabella Schroder Trust, c/o 5 Mallards, Alton GU34 2LB Telephone: 01420 83447.

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