Essex Community Foundation

18 February 2018

Welcome to Essex Community Foundation

Matching People, Ideas, Resources and Needs, to make a lasting difference

Latest news

Tributes paid to ECF Founder

12th February 2018

Pioneering philanthropist, Ian Marks, who founded Essex Community Foundation, has died peacefully at his home in Margaretting, aged 85.

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Charitable causes receive boost in Braintree district

12th February 2018

Four life-changing charities to receive grants totalling more than £120,000 to further their work in Braintree district.

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Helping to tackle food poverty in Clacton

22nd January 2018

An innovative charity making meals for vulnerable people from surplus food, has been given a boost of £8,000 thanks to staff at Colne Housing.

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Changing lives one friendship at a time

22nd January 2018

A befriending scheme which matches people who feel lonely and isolated, with a volunteer companion, has been awarded a major grant.

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We are an independent charitable trust improving the quality of life of people in our community by investing and distributing funds on behalf of a wide range of donors.

Since 1996 our donors have distributed £31 million of charitable funding directly into Essex, Southend and Thurrock making it a great place to live, work, learn and grow.

As one of the UK’s leading, accredited community foundations we have the expertise and local knowledge to help individuals, families, companies and public agencies to support the local causes and charities close to their heart and close to home.

We have awarded over 7,000 grants to support a variety of voluntary organisations and projects. To view some of these, click here.