Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines

Our grantmaking

Each year the Foundation invests around £2 million of grant funding to support voluntary and community organisations in Essex, Southend and Suffolk.

Our average grant is around £3,500 - £4,000.

We manage a number of Funds, many of which are tailored to the individual wishes of our donors. We match their wishes to the needs of the voluntary and community sector to ensure funding is given where it is most needed.

We support a broad range of issues and are able to consider most aspects of your organisations work. We recognise the value of providing funds to support your everyday core costs and we will also consider funding a particular project, for example, providing a crèche for children staying at a women’s refuge. We will also consider supporting a particular aspect of a larger project. Such as, purchasing the white goods as part of a kitchen refurbishment to the village hall.

We do not however contribute funds to general appeals or to other funders.

You can apply to us at any time and the majority of our Funds all you have to do is complete a General Application Form and we will find the right Fund to fit you. Please read the guidelines before you start to fill in an application form.

However, some of our Funds do have their own criteria and application form so check the Funds inviting applications page for more details. 

Please note - if your project is based in Romford, Ilford, Barking, Dagenham etc we unfortunately do not cover these areas but you can contact London Community Foundation.