Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines

Funds inviting applications

General Programme ECF can support many aspects of your work including: running costs, salary costs, capital equipment or specific project costs. These funds are available throughout the year, there are no deadlines so you can apply at any time. Our general funds can support one off or continuing work and you can apply up to £10,000 (over one year) by using the online application form.

We are currently inviting applications to the following funds:

Middlewick Farm Community Benefit Fund is inviting applications from community organisations in Dengie, Southminster and Burnham and are particularly interested in small grant applications that can make a big difference. The deadline for applications to the fund is 31 March.

Bradwell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund supports voluntary and community organisations working in the Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham areas. Grant applications of up to £10,000 are now being accepted. The deadline date for applications is 10 April.

Youth Social Action Fund supports voluntary and community organisations in Harlow who offer activities which seek to engage young people in their community and increase their learning and understanding of local issues. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and the first grants will be awarded in April 2017This Fund has specific criteria and its own application form which can be found here.

To apply for any of the above funds, click here and fill out our general application form. Please read the application guidelines and specific fund guidelines (if any) before you complete an application.

Firebird Fund supports those with Mental Health issues in Southend and South East Essex. This round the panel have a strong preference to support individuals and 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 specific application form for this Fund. The deadline for applications is 12 April.

Do not hesitate to contact the grants team if you have any questions on 01245 356018 or email