to Essex Community Foundation

We provide vital funding to local charities and community groups in Essex through donations from individuals, companies, charitable trusts and public agencies.

We invest these donations so that year-on-year we can award grants and make a real difference to the quality of life of local people.

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Making a difference in your community


Tendring is made up of rural, urban and coastal communities. Local people receive support from a wide range of charities and voluntary groups and our support in the area this year totals £525,051. You can find out about organisations and projects we have helped in this District on our Community Spotlight section.
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Colchester Citizens Advice Bureau report an increase in the number of people seeking their help since the COVID-19 pandemic began, particularly on the issues of unemployment, paying bills and furloughing. Our support for charities in the Colchester District totalled £691,000 this year.


Tabor Centre has purchased a new wheelchair-accessible vehicle to transport their clients with disabilities, thanks to a £1,885 grant from the Teledyne e2v Foundation. Charities in Braintree District received grants totalling £303,000 this year.


Accuro Care Services report that one in three young people with a disability spends less than one hour outside their home on a Saturday. A grant of £5,000 has allowed them to run regular weekend activities for young people and their families. From our Funds this year we have awarded a total of £97,000 in Uttlesford District.


Rainbow Services did an amazing job of co-ordinating the local community response to COVID-19 delivering food parcels, collecting prescriptions and supporting vulnerable individuals. We supported charities in Harlow District with grants totalling £229,000 this year.


Sanctus provided around 100 free take away meals each day during the pandemic to homeless individuals and people in need. They were just one charity in Chelmsford District that received our support this year with grants totalling £728,000.


Bradwell-on-Sea Community Shop is among the rural initiatives given financial support from the Essex Rural Fund. In total, we awarded £170,000 in grants to charities and voluntary groups working in Maldon District this year.

Epping Forest

Epping Forest Reuse tell us that despite the district being widely perceived as affluent, many people are in financial difficulty. Thanks to our fundholders we provided support to a wide range of charities in Epping Forest District this year totalling £97,000.


SNAP tell us that parents of a child with special needs or a disability are often under such emotional stress that they become more prone to ill health. This year, we supported voluntary and community work in Brentwood District totalling £88,000.


Basildon Borough Youth Council report an increase in knife crime and anti-social behaviour. Our support helped them to make a video for schools, produced by young people, that warns about the dangers of carrying a knife. In total, we awarded £212,000 this year for a wide range of local community projects and initiatives.


Personalised Eating Disorder Support identified that family members and carers of individuals with an eating disorder receive little support. They are just one charity in Rochford District that received our support this year and grants totalling £62,500.


Contact the Elderly tell us that 2 in 5 older people say that the TV is their main source of company. We were pleased to give support to charities and voluntary groups working in Thurrock this year and award grants totalling £167,000.


Safe Steps report that 62% of children exposed to domestic abuse are also directly harmed, most often physically or emotionally abused, or neglected. Our support in Southend this year totalled £439,500 including a grant of £7,475 to Safe Steps to help them provide emotional support and refuge accommodation so families can escape domestic abuse.

Castle Point

Yellow Door Youth Hub tell us there has been a significant increase in the use of Class A drugs and anti-social behavior. A grant of £5,000 is helping young people to make informed, safe and positive life choices. Our support in Castle Point this year totalled £76,000.
Thank you to our supporters

Grants awarded this year


Total grants paid 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 was £4,422,121

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