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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