Thriving with Nature fund

Improving health and wellbeing in the great outdoors for Horley and Stanwell residents

Deadline for applications: 5pm, 22 October 2021

The Thriving with Nature fund aims to help local community groups start or grow innovative projects which use the great outdoors to support Surrey residents in Horley or Stanwell to improve and sustain their health, independence, and wellbeing within their local community.

We will be awarding one-off grants of up to a maximum of £ 10,000 per successful applicant for creative and innovative community projects that develop accessible nature-based interventions to reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve health and wellbeing. This could include activities such as walking, cycling, community gardening and food-growing projects, supported visits to local green spaces, and practical conservation tasks such as tree planting.

We are particularly interested in projects that help those hardest hit by coronavirus especially carers, older people, those with Learning Disabilities, Autism, or people living with long term conditions or disabilities, including mental health problems.

This fund is only for projects which are in located in Horley and/or Stanwell. The fund is focusing on these areas as they were identified as areas most impacted by Covid-19. Both areas have above average prevalence of population groups at risk from Covid-19, and their proximity to Heathrow and Gatwick airports created a drastic impact on local employment.

For more information about the work we are doing to promote the use of green spaces to improve health and wellbeing, or to get involved, please see our Surrey Green Social Prescribing page on Commonplace.

Our Grant Making Priorities

  • Reducing social isolation, helping people safely re-connect with their communities
  • Healthy, helping people with their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Provide physical activities, encourages community use of local outdoor spaces

Who can apply?

The fund is able to support charities and community organisations providing ongoing/regular activities. Priority will be given to applications who help those most impacted by COVID-19, especially carers, older people, those with Learning Disabilities, Autism, or people living with long-term conditions or disabilities, including mental health problems.

To apply for this fund, applicants must:

  • Support residents in Horley and/or Stanwell
  • Grants must be spent by March 2022
  • Represent a community group that:
    • has been operating for at least 3 months
    • has at least two people on the management committee
    • follow government COVID-19 regulations
  • Have a group bank account, or a partnership arrangement with a registered charity who will hold the funding for them. For advice and guidance on this, please contact your local Council for Voluntary Service.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Registered charity
  • Unincorporated Association *(if you are an Unincorporated Association the funding must be held by an incorporated body, please contact your local Council for Voluntary Service to find out more.)
  • Constituted group or club
  • Not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • School (if your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)

Applications will not be accepted from:

  • Individuals
  • Sole traders
  • Organisations based outside the UK

How to apply?

Option 1: By application form

  • Please complete the Application form (MS Word)
    • please attach any film or photographs that help explain your idea or the area you wish to work in.

Option 2: By video recordings

  • If you would like to complete your application by video recordings, please use the Video application form
  • Please follow the instructions in the Video Application Form and attach your recordings to the questions via email along with the Video application form (MS Word).

When submitting your application, you must clearly state how you plan to address the chosen local issue. We would like groups with creative ideas to come forward and identify new ways of addressing or highlighting issues they have found.

All applications and any questions should be emailed to julia.pears@surreycc.gov.uk by 5pm, 22 October 2021

Funding Decision

  • Applications will be assessed by a panel
  • Successful applicants will be notified by approximately the end of October, and we aim for grants to be paid by mid-November.
  • You will be asked to share progress using videos, photos or feedback from participants

Not all bids will be successful, but we aim to support as many organisations as possible. The application form encourages you to highlight any in-kind support that could benefit your organisation. We aim to promote these requests amongst partners in Surrey who may be able to match your needs.

Steps to a successful application

  1. Submit the application form by the 5pm, 22 October 2021 to julia.pears@surreycc.gov.uk
  2. Your application is assessed, you may be contacted for more information during this time
  3. We will aim to let you know if you are successful by the end of October
  4. We will aim to transfer you the grant by mid-November
  5. You will share progress on the outcomes of the grant, such as through photos, feedback, or videos by March 2022.

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