Does your charity need funding? Apply to the Essex Fund

27th February 2024

Essex based charities are encouraged to apply now for financial support from the ‘Essex Fund’ to keep their services and projects running.

The Fund was set up by Essex County Council in 2000 to provide annual support to the voluntary and community sector in Essex and since then,  has given out over £1.5 million in grants.

Organisations and projects that help unpaid carers, improve the environment or engage people in environmental projects, provide a community resource or activities that help young people, including arts, culture and heritage projects, are all eligible for consideration.

Groups can apply for up to £5,000 towards their core and operating expenditure, project costs or capital items.

Cllr Jill Reeves, Chair of Essex County Council, said: “The rising cost-of-living is continuing to be a challenge for local charities as they struggle to pay their bills and running costs, alongside many of them experiencing an increase in demand for their services.

“These groups provide vital services for people who need support.  We encourage them to contact ECF to talk about their funding needs to continue their valuable work helping people in our local communities.”

Charitable activities that have received funding in previous years include interactive musical performances in care homes, mental health support for young people, and woodland well-being sessions for children with Down syndrome.

Andy Payne Worpole, Director of Policy and Programmes at ECF, said: “We are pleased to manage the Essex Fund and work with the decision-making panel at the council to get funding to where it is needed most.

“The panel are particularly interested in supporting smaller voluntary organisations and projects that are working in areas of deprivation where there is a lack of facilities.

“There is a short application form on our website and our friendly grants team are on hand to help on 01245 355947 or if you have any questions or want to discuss an idea.  You can also contact us through our website or via social media.”

How to apply:

The deadline to apply to the Essex Fund has now closed.   If you are in need of funding, please contact us using one of the options below: