2nd March 2023
£20,000 available for Surrey charities through new Revive Community Fund
SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ) and Surrey County Council (SCC) have announced a new scheme that will help reduce waste and support local charities. The Revive Community Fund, which officially launches today, will donate £20,000 each year to grassroots organisations that are working to improve community life and support the people and environment of Surrey.
The Revive Community Fund is paid for through the five Revive re-use shops located at Community Recycling Centres across Surrey that sell second-hand items for the home and garden, diverting over 1,000 tonnes per year away from disposal. Each year, 10% of net profits from the shops are donated to local charities and the remaining profit is reinvested into the recycling service. Since 2018, the scheme has raised over £57,000 for Surrey charities.
The new community fund will formalise the existing charitable giving programme and allow for larger donations to support specific projects with maximum impact. There will be two funding rounds each year with £10,000 available in each round.
In a waste industry first, SUEZ and Surrey County Council are working with ActionFunder, an award-winning B-Corp that specializes in making it easier for businesses to find and fund local non-profits through their innovative digital platform.
The Revive Community Fund is now live and accepting applications until Friday, 21 April 2023 with awards due to be granted and announced in May.
For more information about the fund and to apply for a grant, interested registered charities can visit https://app.actionfunder.org/fund/214
The Revive Community Fund is the latest example of SUEZ and Surrey County Council working together to increase the social value impact of re-use in the county, with the council recently announcing plans to build a new, state of the art re-use and repair hub. The new hub is expected to become a creative centre that facilitates the repair and resale of unwanted items, helping reduce waste whilst also creating educational opportunities.
Gareth Swain, Regional Manager for SUEZ said: “At SUEZ, we are committed to putting people and planet at the heart of everything we do, in every community that we serve. We are proud to be able to continue supporting local charities with this new community fund and to give something back to our neighbours. By funding groups that are already making a positive contribution in their local area, we hope to make a lasting difference in Surrey.”
Natalie Bramhall, Cabinet Member for Property and Waste at Surrey County Council said: “The Revive Community fund is a great example of how organisations can work together to benefit our community. As a council, our vision for 2030 is that all Surrey residents will have a great start to life, live healthy and fulfilling lives and feel supported within their communities. We welcome any initiative that aims to help us on this journey and look forward to seeing the positive impacts that the Revive Community Fund will have within Surrey.”
Donal Anand-Shaw, Head of Growth & Strategic Partnerships for ActionFunder said: “We’re thrilled to be working with SUEZ and Surrey County Council on this transformative community fund. The Revive Community Fund enables SUEZ and Surrey Council to connect with local organisations that are working to make Surrey an even better place to live. We hope that this fund inspires others to collaborate, creating stronger communities.”