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High Sheriff Invites Applications

15th September 2017

Local voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding from the High Sheriff of Essex Awards Scheme. 

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and the money will be awarded to groups who are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.

Projects which have received grants previously include diversionary activities for young people, educational programmes about drug and alcohol misuse, schemes which highlight the dangers of financial scams, initiatives which support victims of crime, programmes for reintegration and employability, and projects to help people deal with the stresses and strains of life.

The deadline date for applications is 1 December, so now is the time for organisations to take up the opportunity to apply for a grant to support their work.

High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall said: “The annual High Sheriffs’ Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise the essential contribution that voluntary organisations make in keeping their local communities safer and better places in which to live.

“As I travel around the county visiting organisations, I am seeing first-hand the enormous contribution that they and their staff and volunteers are making. I urge organisations to recognise this opportunity and apply for funding so they can further boost their efforts.”

An independent panel of judges, chaired by the High Sheriff and including past High Sheriffs, will review the applications and the awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony in March 2018.

The historic role of a High Sheriff is to promote law and order and it also now encompasses giving recognition and reward to those who help promote the safety and quality of life of all those that live in Essex.

Since it came under ECF’s management in 1997, the High Sheriff’s Fund has awarded 600 grants totalling nearly £500,000.

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF, said, “The High Sheriffs’ Fund is a treasured financial resource to the Essex voluntary sector. ECF is delighted to manage the Fund and work with successive High Sheriffs, helping them to direct funding where it is most needed and tackle important issues at a local level.”

The closing date for grant applications from this year’s High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December 2017.  To apply for  funding, click here and if you have any questions please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

The High Sheriffs' Awards also encourages local people to nominate an individual or a voluntary organisation to receive recognition for their outstanding work promoting crime prevention and community safety. To download the nomination form, click here.

Grants available to improve health and wellbeing in local communities

9th September 2017

Voluntary and community groups in Essex who need a funding boost for health-related projects are being offered thousands of pounds.

The money is being given by the Provide Foundation, which was established with the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF) in 2013.

Provide is a social enterprise and delivers a broad range of community health and care services in Essex and elsewhere.  As a social enterprise, any surpluses that the organisation makes, by working more efficiently and innovatively, are reinvested into the local communities it serves and/or are used to develop its services.

The aim of the funding programme, which offers grants of up to £5,000, is to help people to have better access to community health services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working across Essex.

Last year’s recipients received a total of £90,000 for a range of activities, including respite for carers, a healthy eating programme for young people, support for people with an acquired brain injury and an activity club for children with disabilities.

John Niland, Chief Executive of Provide said: “By working with the Essex Community Foundation, we are able to effectively offer funds to voluntary and community organisations whose work complements that of Provide.

“The wide range of projects and support that is available for local people is really impressive and contributes greatly to improving their health and well-being.  Our organisation is pleased to be able to offer grants to enable this vital work to continue and grow.”

Paul Hill, Head of Grants and Programmes at ECF, said: “This is a great opportunity for local communities to receive funding to continue to expand their health-related work.  We would encourage organisations to apply or call us to discuss their application in advance of submission if they need advice and help.

“Provide is an excellent organisation and we look forward to once again working with them and their staff, who are fully involved, in how to allocate the grants through ECF.”

  • The closing date for applications is 20 October.
  • Please contact the ECF grants team if you would like to discuss your application on 01245 356018. 
  • Decisions will be made in early January.  Full details and Provide Foundation guidelines can be found here.
  • More information about Provide is available from