Trusts & foundations

We build long-term partnerships with Trusts & Foundations and Philanthropists.

One-off grants or multi-year support is invaluable in funding our environmental work.

Surfers Against Sewage has been protecting the UK’s marine environment, rivers and natural places for 32 years.  One of our greatest strengths is making environmental conservation an exciting activity for young people, families and communities to become involved with – after all, a thriving ocean means thriving people.

Our impact is only as strong as our Community – and our Community is our superpower!

Click for our End of Year Impact Report 2023
End of Year Impact Report 2023

Grants and Pledges from our grant-making supporters have helped us achieve some hugely important outcomes, from the development of our Plastic Free Schools education programme (now reaching over 1.4 million students) to supporting our Plastic Free Communities, to registering Designated Bathing Waters (creating accountability for the abysmal water quality in the UKs waterways) and funding the Million Mile Clean (which engages over 100,000 people in conservation activities).

To learn more about how your grant could protect our natural places please reach out via the contact link below:

We’re supported by Trusts and Foundations of all sizes, and work closely with trustees and grant managers to identify ways of supporting that meet their aims and objectives.
If you’d like to find out more about some of the ways in which we work with grant-making organisations, or you wish to invite us to make an application to a grant round, please contact us.

Our commitment to you

  • Our Trust and Grants team will work with you to identify projects that resonate with your giving preferences.
  • We always ensure that you are kept up to date with our work through strategic updates that help you understand the impact of your support.
  • We’ll ensure that we meet specific grant requirements.
  • We’ll meet our legal and ethical requirements as a registered charity.

Please contact Carol O’Hanlon (Senior Trusts & Foundations Officer), via the link below for more information:

Email our Trusts & Foundations team


We work with wealth management advisers to help them identify and deliver their clients’ philanthropic wishes.

Please contact Emily van de Geer (Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager) via the link below for more information:

Email our Philanthropy & Partnerships team 


Ready to make an impact?

Want to make a difference? Find out how you can support below:


Unrestricted grants and gifts

With your support, we aim to save the ocean by delivering our ambitious, impactful national programmes and empowering communities to be the voice of the ocean. We are still a grassroots charity delivering big impact. We work hard to build a diverse range of funding sources and to secure project-based funding, but unrestricted funding from small trusts and foundations remains critical to Surfers Against Sewage. Without small-to-medium grants we wouldn’t be able to deliver the scale of impact for marine environments and communities across the UK.

Ways to make a grant

Talk to us about project funding

We understand that certain projects resonate more with funders, or that grant conditions require funds to be aligned to project delivery. Our team delivers a range of engaging programmes across our core areas of water quality, plastic pollution, ocean recovery and the climate emergency. Our team would be pleased to talk through our programmes and help identify which areas align with your funding goals.

Contact us

Want to discuss?

To discuss a particular area of our work, or what difference a multi-year pledge can make, please don’t hesitate to contact Emily, our Major Giving Manager, to discuss further.

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