Essex Community Foundation

Funding for Individuals

Essex Community Foundation manages a number of funds that support individuals. In the main these funds aim to help people who live in Essex (adminstrative county of Essex, Southend and Thurrock not Romford, Ilford, Barking Dagenham etc which are within greater London) to fulfil their aspirations and ambitions in the field of literature, music, drama and sport where funding is the barrier that is holding them back.

The application process is quite simple. You only need to read and then complete the Individual application form including as much detail about your background, family, study and future ambitions and aspirations. Once we have received your application you will be contacted by an ECF grant assessor for a telephone interview, which will typically last a maximum 15 minutes and will take place during the week between 9am-5.30pm. 

It is important that you demonstrate how the proposed activity will help you take the next step and benefit your training or learning and that there is a pressing financial need. The grants team are happy to discuss your application so please do call before you start filling in the form. 


The following funds are available to individual applicants:

Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund
For talented young sports people who could not otherwise realise their full potential in their particular sport and whose permanent place of residence falls within administrative Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

Essex Education Fund 
This Fund is currently closed. 

Firebird Fund
To support those with Mental Health issues in Southend and South East Essex to access respite breaks taking part in activities, training etc. Ideally applicants should receive support from a relevant mental health organisation or agency. Please contact the grants team in the first instance to discuss your application and to request the application form.

Marion Ruth Courtauld Educational Fund
For young people, up to 25, who are resident in the Braintree District and are currently in education with the ambition to further their development in any subject area but preferably history and geography. This fund can support unique educational opportunities particularly educational trips in the UK or abroad to develop skills and to assist others through teaching or community work.

Little Braxted Community and Educational Fund
To support educational opportunities for young people under 25 years who live within the parish of Little Braxted or Wickham Bishops.

Annabel and Gerald Malton Charitable Fund
For young people who could not otherwise realise their full potential in musical (or other performing arts) or sporting activities and whose permanent place of residence falls within administrative Essex, Southend or Thurrock.

Belinda Starling Memorial Fund This Fund is currently closed.

For young people with an identified talent pursuing a career in the arts and whose literary, drama or music ambitions and talents cannot take root without help and encouragement and whose permanent place of residence fall within administrative Essex, Southend or Thurrock.



Link-ed Mike Williamson Memorial Fund
To support young people who live in Essex, Southend or Thurrock and are up to 19 years of age to further their involvement through study or work-related activity in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. The maximum grant is £1,000.

Searle Trust
To support those residents living within the Parish of Debden, Uttlesford, particularly young people’s educational opportunities e.g. school trips.