to Essex Community Foundation

We provide vital funding to local voluntary and community organisations 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 the most deprived district in the county. 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 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. A grant of £14,360 has brought them IT equipment so staff can continue work from their homes.


Tabor Centre has purchased a new wheelchair-accessible vehicle to transport their clients with disabilities, thanks to a £1,885 grant from Chelmsford-based global manufacturer Teledyne e2v.


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.


Rainbow Services are coordinating the local community response to COVID-19. A grant of £10,643 is helping to train over 100 volunteers to deliver food parcels, pick up prescriptions and provide befriending check in calls to vulnerable individuals.


Sanctus received a grant of £6,900 to help them provide around 100 free take away meals each day to homeless individuals and people in need.


Bradwell-on-Sea Community Shop is among the rural initiatives given financial support from the Essex Rural Fund.

Epping Forest

Epping Forest Reuse tell us that despite the district being widely perceived as affluent, many people are in financial difficulty. A grant of £7,500 is helping people in need by providing low cost goods and secondhand furniture.


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. A grant of £8,180 is providing regular family counselling sessions to help them cope.


Basildon Borough Youth Council report an increase in knife crime and anti-social behaviour. They received £1,500 to make a video for schools, produced by young people, that warns about the dangers of carrying a knife.


Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDS) identified that family members and carers of individuals with an eating disorder receive little support. PEDS were awarded £4,634 to set up a peer support group in Rayleigh.


Contact the Elderly tell us that 2 in 5 older people say that the TV is their main source of company. £4,475 has enabled them to run monthly tea party groups for isolated older people.


Safe Steps report that 62% of children exposed to domestic abuse are also directly harmed, most often physically or emotionally abused, or neglected. A grant of £7,475 is helping 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.
Thank you to our supporters

Grants awarded this year –
1 July 2020 to date


Total grants paid 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 was £4,813,365

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