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County Council supports local charities

17th April 2014

An organisation supporting stroke victims in mid-Essex, an Air Training Corps in Brentwood and a Chelmsford charity helping people cope with alcohol addiction are among the groups given a boost in the latest round of grants from the Essex Millennium Fund and Essex County Council’s Chairman’s Fund.

Grants totalling more than £67,000 were presented to 22 Essex-based charities and voluntary organisations at a ceremony held at the Essex Record Office.

The two funds, managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), give ongoing support for initiatives to enhance the lives of people living in Essex.

Cllr Kay Twitchen, Chairman of Essex County Council praised all of the representatives of organisations present at the awards for their commitment, their energy and the care with which they delivered their services to meet local needs.  She said “Essex is a large and diverse County and these Awards remind us of just what an asset we have in our voluntary sector.  You bring so much joy, so much renewal and so much support to people of all ages and for whom life can be tough sometimes.” 

The Essex Millennium Fund was established as an endowed fund within Essex Community Foundation by members of Essex County Council to celebrate the Millennium. The fund, which provides an annual income for a grants programme, distributes funds to voluntary and community groups working within four priority areas, carers, community support, enhancing the environment and young people.

The Chairman’s Fund was established with ECF in 2007 to support voluntary and community groups which are working to enrich the lives of people in their local community by participation in activities exploring culture and heritage.
Regarding the impact of the funds Cllr Twitchen added, “Since these two funds were established by the County Council, grants totalling £940,000 have been awarded to voluntary organisations working in all corners of Essex.  And because these funds are endowed and managed by ECF, they will continue to give support to local groups in need, year on year.” 

To view a full list of the awards presented from the Essex Millennium Fund click here.

To view a full list of the awards presented from the ECC Chairman's Fund click here.

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New High Sheriff of Essex

17th April 2014

The new High Sheriff of Essex, Nicholas Charrington, DL, began his year in office on Monday, 7 April. He took up his duties after making his Declaration at a ceremony in the Magistrates Courts in Chelmsford. He is the 834th High Sheriff of Essex. 

During the course of his year as High Sheriff, Nicholas will raise money for the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF). The High Sheriff’s Fund is used to support voluntary and community organisations working throughout Essex to make their communities safe from crime, and the fear of crime. Since it came under ECF’s management in 1997, the Fund has awarded grants totalling over £410,000 to voluntary and community groups all working hard to support local people and to address crime in their area.

In the past, the Fund has supported a diverse range of activities across Essex, including women’s refuges, initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour, garden maintenance schemes for the elderly thereby reducing burglary, neighbourhood watch schemes and activities for children and young people.

Mr Charrington said, “During my year as High Sheriff I look forward to visiting all areas of Essex to increase my understanding of the issues that voluntary organisations are tackling and how their work is helping to make our communities safer places to live and work.  Being able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of Essex Community Foundation will be a great help in showing me where the needs lie in our large and diverse county.”

The deadline date for applications to the High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December 2014.