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Grants available for Chelmsford charities

31st May 2018

Chelmsford based community groups, voluntary organisations and charities needing funds are being encouraged to apply for grants from Essex Community Foundation (ECF), the county's leading independent charitable trust.

Financial support, ranging from £250 up to £10,000, is on offer from ECF for organisations working to make life better for people in Essex.

Since ECF was funded 21 years ago it has awarded over £32 million in grants to a vast range of local community and voluntary organisations.

The Foundation manages 150 funds on behalf of families, individuals, companies and public agencies, helping to match their charitable wishes with the needs of the Essex voluntary sector. Each year, grants totalling around £2 million are distributed.

Applications for funding can be made throughout the year, but voluntary organisations and charities in Chelmsford may want to contact the Foundation now.

Fran Wright and Jill Curd, ECF grants officers, are available on 01245 356018 to discuss your work and answer any questions about this funding opportunity.

“We are always happy to hear about any funding needs and we are ready to give advice and help on how to make an application,” said Fran.

“We have made applying for a grant as easy as possible and it is not a drawn-out process. ECF offers funding for a wide range of projects and issues, so we can usually match a fund, or a combination of funds, to help meet local needs.”

Jill said: “We do also consider funding core costs which we know can be a challenge for charities and local organisations to find. We can also help with specific projects, so encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant to call us now.”

Recent grants awarded by ECF include £2,704 for Kids Inspire to run free lunch clubs during the school holidays for disadvantaged children, £5,000 to Contact the Elderly to host monthly tea parties for isolated and lonely older people and £4,410 to City of Chelmsford Mencap for a project providing work experience opportunities to people with a learning disability, helping them to develop new skills.

For more information, call the grants team on 01245 356018.