Meet the Funder events

Meet the Funder events

Hearing directly from funders and talking through your potential projects can be a great way to glean extra information that helps your funding applications hit the mark. Alternatively, it could save you wasted time and effort in applying to a funder that is not a good match.

To support local organisations with their funding applications, VARB is hosting a series of bitesize Meet the Funder events over the next couple of months. Hear the latest updates from local funders and key national funders. Subject to availability, you can also book an individual appointment with each Funder. (Note places for individual appointments are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis for Reigate & Banstead organisations). Also included below are details of the Funding Surgeries being organised directly by Community Foundation for Surrey.

18 June 10am – 12 noon – National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund supports people and communities across England. Over 80% of their grants are less than £10,000. However, they also have a range of larger grant programs, many offering support over multiple years.

At this Meet the Funder event, the Funding Manager for London and the South East will provide an update on the latest developments within the National Lottery Community Fund. There will be an open Q&A session and also the opportunity to book an individual meeting, to discuss your potential applications.

23 June (other dates available) – Community Foundation for Surrey Funding Surgeries

The Community Foundation for Surrey manages over 80 grant funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups in Surrey, whose work benefits our communities.

If you would like some advice and support with your funding request, you can book an appointment to meet with a member of the Community Foundation Grants Team. This is a chance to have a 1 to 1 appointment with a Grants Officer to discuss your funding needs.

Presentations and Videos from Previous Funder events

9 June – Your Fund Surrey

Your Fund Surrey is a £100 million capital fund for projects that fit the aims of Surrey’s Community Vision and have the support of the local community.

18 May – Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Hear about the Small and Medium grants available for the voluntary sector in 2021 and 2022, as well as Community Infrastructure Levy funding and support in-kind.

Further details of funding and help in kind from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is available here. If you missed the event and wish to book an individual appointment to discuss support from the Borough Council, please contact