Essex Community Foundation

6 August 2020

Welcome to Essex Community Foundation

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

Latest news

Legacy to keep local charities afloat

28th July 2020

An important part of the history of Harwich is being celebrated with the launch of a new charitable fund that will provide support for local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups working in the Harwich and Dovercourt area for years to come.

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Local businessman leaves a lasting legacy for Essex charities

20th July 2020

A new fund launched in memory of pioneering local businessman Bill Southern is to give vital long-term support to charities and voluntary groups across Essex.

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Anglian Water joins forces with Community Foundations to distribute £1 million funding pot

18th June 2020

In April, Anglian Water launched plans to establish a new £1 million community support fund to provide a cash boost for local communities to help fight the impacts of coronavirus.

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High Sheriff of Essex throws virtual Midsummer Party

16th June 2020

The High Sheriff of Essex, Julie Fosh, was unable to host the traditional Garden Party, so instead encouraged her guests to get involved virtually and raise vital monies for the High Sheriffs' Fund.

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Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme

To apply for emergency funding, click here.

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For more information and a map of funded projects, click here.


ECF is 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 over £38 million to voluntary and community organisations, and individuals, across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

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.