Mayor of Guildford’s Local Support Fund

The Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund (formerly known as The Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund) offers help to individuals and families in Guildford Borough who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Grants may be given for kitchen items and appliances, household furniture, clothing and Debt Relief Orders (DROs). 

If your address falls within the postcode areas GU1, GU2, part of GU3 and part of GU4, then a professional should contact Guildford Poyle Charities before applying to the Mayor of Guildford's Local Support Fund.

School uniforms: If you need a grant for school uniforms, speak to your school's Home School Link Worker before applying to this fund.

Last updated on 3 June 2020

Who is eligible?

To apply for help from the Mayor's Local Support Fund, you must:

  • Live in the borough of Guildford and be in financial difficulties

  • Be referred by a third party, such as a Guildford Borough council officer, councillor, Citizens Advice bureau, social services, health visitor, doctor or school.

  • Check if you should first apply to Guildford Poyle Charities. This applies if your address is in the central area of Guildford (postcode areas GU1, GU2, part of GU3 and part of GU4). If your application to Guildford Poyle Charities website is unsuccessful, then please apply to the Mayor of Guildford's Local Distress Fund.

What the charity doesn't fund

Grants will not be given for ongoing expenses, such as, rent, utility bills or debts.

How to apply?

Individuals should not apply directly.

A third party, such as a Guildford Borough Council Officer, Councillor, Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services, Health Visitor, doctor, school, should apply on your behalf. 

The third party should visit the Guildford Borough's website to find out how to apply.

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