The Funding Officer’s role is to support charities and non-profit organisations based in Woking to secure funding for their activities.  We also work with those organisations based outside Woking with projects that support our residents.

How do we do this?

  • To research and publish regular Funding Woking Newsletters with details of opportunities available to organisations in this area. The newsletters are indexed in a way designed to help fundraisers to minimise time spent hunting for suitable sources of funding, enabling them to make better use of limited resources
  • To be available for advice and support on funding matters, including reviewing draft applications, through whichever media best suits your organisation, i.e. e-mail, telephone, face to face or digital media;
  • To organise events and training on funding matters which are advertised in the Funding Newsletters and publish useful documents and links on this website;
  • To carry out bespoke searches for sources of funding on request;
  • To be able to sign-post to other relevant services and contacts within Woking Borough Council and to suggest suitable local Third Sector organisations for those who wish to collaborate on projects.

Woking Council Community Fund

Applying for a community grant will get easier as Woking Borough Council is joining forces with The Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) to support the voluntary sector and vulnerable people from across the borough.

The new partnership will take effect for grants in 2023/24 where CFS will take overall responsibility in receiving and processing community grant applications on behalf of Woking Borough Council.

This collaborative approach will be more efficient in enabling community groups to apply for funding through one single expression of interest, without the need for multiple applications. It will also enable groups to access wider funds that are not restricted solely to the council’s grants scheme.

On top of the partnership with CFS, Woking Borough Council will directly commission some charities that provide an essential service to local people using a Service Level agreement (SLA) arrangement. Those charities will still be able to apply directly to CFS for our other funding but will not be eligible for this fund. As in past years, the Council will consider the level of grant funding available to be set aside in its Budget during the Autumn, which will be agreed formally at the Full Council meeting in February.  It is anticipated that the available funding for the 2023/24 financial year will be in the order of between £100k and £200k.

Woking Borough Council will set the annual budget for this Fund and agree the funding criteria to meet its strategic priorities.

Full details can be found here: Woking Council Community Fund – Community Foundation for Surrey (cfsurrey.org.uk)

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