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We are seeking volunteer panel members

10th August 2017

Do you live in the Bradwell and Tillingham areas and would you like to make a difference in your local community? If so, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is seeking volunteers to join a panel of local people to consider grant applications from voluntary and community organisations in Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham.

Bradwell Wind Farm Community Fund was set up in 2013 by RWE npower renewables for the life of the wind farm, to support community projects and activities with grants of up to £10,000.

The Fund is administered by ECF, an independent charitable trust. Grant applications meeting the criteria of the Fund, are assessed by ECF and presented to a panel of local people for consideration.

To date, the Fund has awarded 28 grants totalling £122,163 to support a wide range of community projects, including the expansion of an advice outreach and home visiting services to the two villages, improving cricket facilities, setting up of an under 8's football team and supporting local scouts and guides.

ECF would like to increase the number of people on the panel and is seeking one representative from Tillingham and one from Bradwell. The panel meets twice a year at St Cedd’s School Bradwell, usually in May and again in November from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Jill Curd,at ECF, on or call 01245 356018.

Phone-In Funding Surgery: Wednesday 16 August

7th August 2017

Are you a voluntary or community organisation which improves information, advice and guidance in health and social care?

If so, Essex Community Foundation will be holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery to help you identify if there is support available for your work and talk you through the process of applying for a grant.

This phone-in event will be held on Wednesday 16 August between 10am to 12 noon.  ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your funding options.

Please call them, on the day, on 01245 356018. 

If you cannot get through because the lines are busy, please leave a message with your name, the organisation you are calling from and a phone number that we can contact you on.   We will return your call as soon as possible. 

Charity Times Awards 2017

1st August 2017

ECF is delighted that its Chief Executive, Caroline Taylor, has been shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2017 in the category which recognises the achievements of new CEO’s working in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

Caroline was appointed Chief Executive in January 2016 and has worked with ECF for 13 years, latterly as Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for the Foundation’s Grants and Programmes.

Under her leadership, ECF has reached the milestones of growing the value of its endowment fund to £40 million, which will support charitable organisations and projects in Essex in perpetuity; and having awarded £30 million in grants since the Foundation was established in 1996.

Caroline said: “It’s an honour to be the Chief Executive of ECF and to work with a dedicated team of people who are committed to our mission of developing local philanthropy to support the work of the voluntary sector in Essex.”.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday 4 October 2017.