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County Council champions local causes

23rd May 2017

Local voluntary and community projects which provide support to the homeless, people with brain injuries, carers and work experience for vulnerable young people are among those who have been awarded funding in the latest round of grants from the Essex Millennium Fund and the Essex County Council’s Chairman’s Fund.

Grants totalling £62,365 were presented from the two funds to 22 Essex-based charities and voluntary organisations at a ceremony held at the Essex Record Office.

The funds, managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), provide support for community and voluntary organisations whose good work enhances the lives of people living in Essex.

At the presentation event Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council, commended the contribution these organisations make across the county. He said, “It is a privilege to be in the position where I can learn about the Essex voluntary sector and I can honestly say that my time spent visiting groups has been heart-warming.”

“I have been most encouraged to see local people coming together with a common aim of making their own community spaces a better place to live and work for all”.

The Essex Millennium Fund was established as an endowed fund within ECF by members of Essex County Council to celebrate the Millennium. The fund, which provides an annual income for a grants programme, distributes funds to voluntary and community groups working within four priority areas, carers, community support, enhancing the environment and young people. 

Supporting Carers and Families Together received £2,750 towards the annual salary of a Service Delivery Manager to work with young and adult carers in Rochford.  Andy Trewern, who works for the local charity, said “We have seen a surge in demand for our services over the last two years and we are extremely grateful for the grant we have been awarded from the Essex Millennium Fund. This funding means we can continue to support local carers, increase their confidence and make sure no-one feels like they are alone.”

The Chairman’s Fund was established with ECF in 2007 to support voluntary and community groups working to enrich the lives of people in their local communities through activities exploring culture and heritage.

Clacton VCH Group has been awarded a grant of £3,000 from the Essex County Council Chairman’s Fund towards their WWII history project.  Roger Kennell, the group’s Chairman said, “There are not many sources for young people, and those of all ages, to learn about the important role the volunteer soldiers of the Home Guard played in the War. This grant will help us to record this information and the defence sites they manned to make create a lasting source for local people. It is likely the last chance to honour the volunteers while some still survive.”

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive of ECF said:  “Funding is vital to community organisations and it is very gratifying to know that since these two Funds were established by the County Council, nearly £1.1 million in charitable grants has been injected into the local community and that this support will continue in perpetuity”.

For information about how to apply for a grant from ECF, please call the grants team on 01245 356018 to discuss your work.

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