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Grants available for charities supporting women and girls

18th September 2018

Essex-based voluntary and community organisations that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, are being invited to apply for grants from the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

The Fund, which is being managed locally by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was set up by the Government and receives money generated from the VAT on sanitary products. 

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to support projects which will help women and girls have the best future possible.

Successful applicants will be required to show how they meet one of the three priority areas of the programme:

  • Helping women and girls to build skills and confidence
  • Improving their health and well-being
  • Building social networks

The deadline for applications to be received is Monday 5 November. 

ECF is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations to deliver this national funding programme in Essex.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We know there are many voluntary organisations in Essex that are helping women and girls to improve their lives through local initiatives. These could include, but are not limited to, helping them into employment, raising awareness of health issues or creating inclusive peer networks.


“Grants are available to support ongoing work, staff costs for specific projects or to expand or start a new initiative, so please contact our grants team today.”

How to apply

To discuss an application or an idea for funding, either for the Tampon Tax Community Fund or one of the other funds managed by ECF, please call the grants team on 01245 356018.

Please note there is seperate crieria for this Fund and a specific application form, click here to view these and apply

ECF announces next Chairman

6th September 2018

Essex Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Alston CBE DL, as its next Chair of Trustees.

Jonathan Minter DL, the Foundation’s Chair since 2013, will hand over the reins at ECF’s Annual General Meeting in November, having completed eight years on the Board, the maximum term that a Trustee can serve.

Nick, who joined ECF as a Trustee in 2017, was born and raised in Essex and lives in Chelmsford with his wife, Philippa. In 2012, Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner, a role which he says gave him an insight into the vital role of the voluntary sector across the Essex. 

Prior to this, Nick spent 30 years working in national defence and security for which he was appointed a CBE in 1997.  He is also Chair of the Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and a Trustee of the charity, Open Road.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “Nick has a deep understanding of the voluntary and community sector and the issues that they tackle through their work, as well as seeing the importance of partnership working and philanthropic giving. I am really looking forward to working with him and the Board of Trustees, to implement our new five-year strategic plan that builds on all that the Foundation has achieved to date.”

Maldon District Phone-In Funding Surgery: 24 September

6th September 2018

Are you a voluntary or community organisation in the Maldon District and do you need funding?

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 grants.

This phone-in event will be held on Monday 24 September from 10am to 12 noon.

ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your options. Please call them on 01245 356018.

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

High Sheriff invites applications

6th September 2018

Local charities and voluntary 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 that are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.

Projects that have received grants previously include a handyman service for housebound and vulnerable people living in Epping Forest District, construction skills training in Chelmsford for disadvantaged teenagers and a mentoring programme in Clacton for boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.

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

Bryan Burrough, High Sheriff of Essex said: “I have had the privilege of visiting some amazing organisations that are doing great work and I am sure that there are many more groups working in local communities.  I would encourage them to apply to ECF for a grant as the High Sheriffs Awards provides a wonderful opportunity to thank them for the work they are doing and to sing their praises.”

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 to be held at Hylands House in March 2019.

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 valuable financial resource for the Essex voluntary sector.  ECF is delighted to manage the Fund and work with successive High Sheriffs’, helping them to direct funds to where they are most needed and tackle important issues at a local level.” 

The closing date for grant applications for the High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December. To apply, click here or call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.