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Comic Relief funds available

20th April 2017

-This Fund is now closed for applications, you can however still make a general application to ECF. Please call the grants team to discuss your work before you make an application-


People living in deprived areas, or who face a range of social issues, often get vital support from smaller organisations based within their communities.

It’s these locally-based groups that truly understand the needs of the people they serve and make a huge difference to their lives. We believe that local people know what is needed in their community and are best placed to make any changes. Having lots of activities happening in an area brings vibrancy to a local community which can make it a better place to live.

We are also aware that many people are undertaking great work in their area but often struggle to get the support they need.

We therefore want to support community groups in Colchester, Tendring and North Braintree that are rooted in their local communities undertaking work that helps people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.


We are particularly keen to ensure we reach groups of people who often miss out. As such we accept applications from the voluntary and community sector including:

  • constituted voluntary and community groups
  • charities
  • social enterprises
  • co-operatives
  • community interest companies

For more information and to apply, click here. The extended deadline is 12 May.