Recycling and recovery

SUEZ and Surrey County Council launch 2024 fund donating over £17,000 to local charities

The Revive Community Fund, a joint venture of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) and Surrey County Council (SCC), has officially launched for 2024. The purpose of the Fund is to help improve community life and support the people and environment of Surrey. Following on from the success of the Fund in 2023, which donated £10,624 to local organisations, it is now back again this year, with a substantial increase in the amount set to be awarded.

The Revive Community Fund is funded by the five Revive re-use shops operated across Surrey, selling pre-owned items for the home and garden and diverting more than 1,000 tonnes a year away from disposal.

Each year, 10% of the net profits are donated to support local charities in the county with over £68,000 raised since 2018. The remaining profit is reinvested into the local recycling service.

Winners from the 2023 funding round included Mayford Village Hall, The Lucy Rayner Foundation, Waverley Hoppa Community Transport, and Holme Farm.

In 2024, registered charities that are developing community, health and wellbeing and environmental projects in Surrey can apply for grants of any amount up to £3,000, with a total of £17,850 available.

All applicants will need to be formally constituted and must be not-for-profit organisations.

If not already registered on the ActionFunder platform, charities are required to sign up here. Charity projects that match the Revive Community Fund criteria will be shortlisted and then reviewed by representatives from SUEZ and Surrey County Council who will award the funds.

The window for applications is open for 6 weeks before closing on 19 April 2024.

Commenting on the return of the Revive Community Fund for 2024, Gareth Swain, Regional Manager for SUEZ said: “We are proud continue the Revive Community Fund for another year with a great uplift in the total amount of money available for local charities in Surrey. The Fund is as an integral part of SUEZ’s commitment to putting people and planet at the forefront of the local communities we serve. We encourage charities in Surrey to apply for this excellent funding opportunity so that together we can make a long-term difference to people in the county.”

Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for Property, Waste and Infrastructure at SCC said: “I am delighted that the Revive Community Fund is returning for another year. The Fund is a great way to support the invaluable work charities do for our community, whilst also bringing environmental benefits for all of Surrey through a reduction of waste and increased investment in recycling services. This is a great example of organisations working together to benefit our community, and with even more funding available this year, I strongly urge all those who are eligible to apply. I would like to thank SUEZ for their help in delivering this.”