SurreyCares prides itself on responding to needs through its Annual Grants Program and providing financial assistance to initiatives that directly affect the vitality of our community. SurreyCares has a long history of supporting a broad range of areas that shape the City we live in; some of which include Arts and Culture, Heritage, Youth, Education, Literacy, and Family Services. Since its inception, SurreyCares has disbursed over one million dollars to registered charities providing services within the City of Surrey.
Please note that some grant categories may have additional criteria – see Grant Categories for details
SurreyCares’ ability to grant out funds is dependent on the level of our endowment funds. Our current level this year allows for grant applications requesting to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. As our funds continue to grow, we anticipate these levels to increase and will revise this figure accordingly.
- Not-for-profit organizations recognized by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as registered charities
- Funding from other viable sources has been sought and/or obtained
- Services/projects/events that will:
- Benefit Surrey residents
- Draw upon and enhance community capacity
- Involve the community in development and execution
- Have real potential for sustainability
Additional Eligibility Criteria
- A good track record within the community
- Financial stability
- Good likelihood project can be delivered successfully
- Offers good value for monies expended
Grant Categories and Priorities
Many not-for-profit organizations set up their own Agency-Advised Donor Funds so that they can receive interest earned annually in perpetuity for their own sustainability. Please contact our office for more information.
Set up to address pre-determined community needs based on a specific cause about which the donor(s) is passionate. These funds allow the donor to be very specific about which organization(s) receive the grants. For example, a fund set up solely to support the Surrey Public Library.
Set up to give donors the flexibility to participate in granting from their fund including: recommending which agency to support, indicating the specific field of interest, or asking the Grants Committee for a recommendation for funding. For example, Surrey Rehabilitation Society established a fund to support non-profit agencies that assist individuals with special needs integrate into the workforce; in this case the specific recipients/projects vary from year to year.
Field of Interest Funds
Donors have indicated an area of community need, but leave the decision-making up to SurreyCares based on donor criteria. For example, currently there are three field of interest funds supported by SurreyCares, through direction from donors; children and youth, health and heritage. SurreyCares’ Youth Empowering Surrey (YES) Team is responsible to evaluate and make recommendations to the Grants Committee on all youth specific applications.
Set up to provide the greatest impact on community needs, this type of fund allows SurreyCares the discretion to direct funds to the most critical needs in the City. Currently these include: Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, Heritage, Successful Integration of Immigrants into Surrey Society, the Environment, Youth and Seniors.
FEBRUARY – Release notice of Spring Grant Cycle
APRIL 28 NOON – Grant Application submission deadline (in our office by noon – late applications will not be accepted). Staff may phone or meet with you to go over further details of your project.
MAY – Youth Empowering Surrey (YES) Team and Grant Committee meet to evaluate and make recommendations to the Board of Directors
JUNE – Approval by Board of Directors and decisions rendered to applicants, along with any terms and conditions of approved grants
AUGUST – Cheques issued to successful applicants
NOVEMBER 20 – Grant Awards & Recognition Ceremony (grant recipients expected to attend and all applicants are welcome)
How to Apply
All submitted materials become the property of SurreyCares.
- Click to link to the Grant Application Page here: http://www.surreycares.org/2014-grant-application-form/
- Complete Application, with attention to information about grant eligibility criteria, categories, and application tips (below)
- Submit your completed, signed application by NOON, APRIL 28th (no late submissions will be accepted):
Please be prepared to complete it in one sitting as the online form does not have a save-for-later feature.
Complete the online application form so that it is received in our office by NOON, APRIL 28, using the online form provided at this link: http://www.surreycares.org/2014-grant-application-form/
Click here to download the application form [Word]: 2014 SurreyCares Grant Application
Mail it in time to be received by NOON, APRIL 28, to:
PO Box 34089
Please note: if sending by email, please include your SIGNED Signature Page. Applications missing the signatures after noon on April 28th WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION.
Click here to download application form [Word]: 2014 SurreyCares Grant Application
Send your email with completed application form attached to be received in our office by NOON, APRIL 28 to: email@example.com
Tips for Completing a Successful Application
- Show how your program helps the development of community assets
- Clearly state goals, purpose for funding, an implementation strategy, and any planned measurements for success
- Provide evidence of collaboration with other groups and agencies in the field
- Does not duplicate other existing services
- Builds on individual and community strengths
- Demonstrates a commitment to the project through a contribution of human and/or financial resources
- Provide realistic plans for longer-term funding for projects that will be ongoing after the grant’s end
- Demonstrate how the target population will participate in the development and implementation of the project
- Submit a budget ONLY for the services/project/event being applied for
Applications that Will Not be Funded
- Applications for the provision of services that will not benefit Surrey residents
- Services that are already well supported by national or local charities or by government funding or that duplicate existing projects
- Funds to cover deficits or sabbatical leaves
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purpose
- Applications that fund operations or salaries
- Capital expenditures not related to a project
- Applications that are not accompanied by a service/project/event specific budget.
Expectations for Successful Grants
- Activities will reflect those described in the approved application form. Any deviation is subject to prior approval
- Proper fiscal management
- Acknowledgement of the support received from SurreyCares (SurreyCares logo and other resources to be provided to all grant recipients)
- Grant recipients will be expected to submit a Final Report to SurreyCares by November 30th (Please note that if the project is not completed by this date that an Interim Report will be expected at this time, and the final to follow once the project has been completed.)
- Grant recipients will participate in our Annual Grant Awards & Recognition Ceremony in November
Foundation staff and/or volunteers appreciate the opportunity to make site visits and, in some cases, may ask to highlight your project for use in our communications and publications.
Click to view/download a printable PDF: 2014 SurreyCares Grant Information
Click to view/download a Word version of the 2014 Grant Application Form: 2014 SurreyCares Grant Application
For more information, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (604) 591-2699