Essex Community Foundation

Comic Relief Community Cash

ECF is pleased to be managing Comic Relief Community Cash funding in Essex.

The charitable grants from this scheme are to support groups in Colchester, Tendring and North Braintree. Please see below for further criteria. 


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 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.

Who can apply?

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:

Groups which have been established for less than 12 months are eligible to apply.

To be considered for funding you will need to:

Examples of the type of activities we will fund


Priority will be given to small, locally based groups in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. Depending on the quality and volume of applications received priority will be given to:

Who cannot apply


The criteria do not include the award of the Grant:

Grants will not be awarded to:

• Organisations who are in receipt of a grant directly from Comic Relief (excluding the Community Cash programme)
• Individuals
• Statutory organisations, including schools
• National organisations, unless the application is submitted by a local office with a separate management committee, bank account and governing documents

How to apply

Comic Relief Community Cash has specific guidelines and a seperate application form which can be found here. The deadline date for applications is 5 May.









Comic Relief: registered charity 326568 (England and Wales), SC039730 (Scotland)