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Propelling grants into the community

29th May 2014

Half a dozen community organisations have become the first to feel the benefit of a special charitable fund set up as part of the new Earls Hall wind farm development, between Clacton and St Osyth.

The fund was launched last year to give long-term support to community organisations and projects in areas near the wind farm.Now the Earls Hall Farm Community Benefit Fund, managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), an independent charitable trust, has distributed its first round of community grants, allocating more than £12,500.

Funding has been awarded to six organisations, with the largest grant of £2,911 going to St Osyth Village Hall to replace damaged flooring in the annex and store rooms.

St Osyth Playing Field has received £2,891 towards the refurbishment of the St Osyth Pavilion.

St Osyth Pre-School has been awarded £2,500 to help provide extra toilets and St Osyth Youth Group has been allocated £1,050 to pay for regular hall hire.

The Great Estate of Bockings Elm Residents’ Association (GEBERA) was granted £2,500 to fund events such as bingo and coffee mornings and the 5th Clacton Scout Group has received £960 towards the cost of a new session for beavers and cubs.

Peter Tidy, St Osyth Village Hall Management Committee Chairman, said: “Our 1970s era hall is in use almost every day of the year. We’ve started serious refurbishment work to ensure it is up to the high standards people expect, so this grant is very welcome.”

Philip Clark, GEBRA Chairperson, said: “We’re a very new association and growing fast with more than 112 members already. The award will help fund regular events and attract even more members.”

A panel, made up of local residents, works with ECF to consider applications to the Fund and agree grants.  The panel is particularly interested in supporting voluntary organisations needing small grants to enable them to make a big difference in their community.

Grants are available to support local projects and activities in the St Osyth Ward (especially Row Heath, St Osyth Heath, St Osyth village), Bockings Elm Ward and the area of Little Clacton west of the A133.

To apply, please call ECF’s grants team on 01245 356018 to discuss your application.