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Provide Foundation Invites Applications

26th August 2014

Health-related projects in Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon run by voluntary and community groups are being offered thousands of pounds in the latest round of grants from the Provide Foundation.

The aim of the ambitious and innovative grants programme, managed by Essex Community Foundation, is to help people in mid Essex to have better access to community health services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working in Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon.

Applications are now being invited for grants of around £5,000, plus an allocation of £20,000 for a special project. Applications should reach ECF no later than Friday 12 September 2014.

The money is being given by the Provide Foundation, which was established with ECF by Provide, (formerly Central Essex Community Services). Provide is a Community Interest Company responsible for a broad range of community health services in mid Essex.  As a not for profit organisation Provide re-invests any of its surpluses back into the communities that it serves.

John Niland, chief executive of Provide said: “Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary and community organisations whose work complements our own.

“There are many community schemes and projects making great strides to improve the health and wellbeing of people in mid Essex and, through the grants from the Provide Foundation, we can help them continue and expand their work.”

Caroline Taylor, deputy chief executive of ECF said: “This is a great opportunity for local communities to receive funding for their health-related work.  Provide is an excellent organisation to work with, they are creative, innovative and their enthusiastic and well informed staff are fully involved in how to allocate the grants through ECF.”

Recent grants given by the Provide Foundation include £5,000 to St John Ambulance, to provide Essential First Aid for Infant and Child courses to parents and carers in Chelmsford and Maldon and £5,000 to the Maldon Pioneers Association, to help increase the independence of adults with learning disabilities, by offering a range of healthy living initiatives and social activities.

Grants of around £5,000 are available and the Provide Foundation will also award one grant of up to £20,000 each year for an exceptional project or piece of work which can prove how it will reduce the pressure on health services and complements the work of Provide.

How to Apply

We are now inviting applications to Provide Foundation please read the Application Guidelines, contact ECF Grants Team if you have any questions and then complete and return your grant application. Your application should reach ECF offices by Friday 12 September. We will be able to provide you with the final decision regarding your application at the end of October.

Essex’s Vital Signs 2014

7th August 2014

Last year Essex Community Foundation conducted its first ‘Vital Signs’ survey. This was the first step in a long-term, annual initiative to combine statistical data with feedback from community consultation to provide a rounded picture of what life is like in Essex. You can read last year’s report by clicking here.

Vital Signs shows that whilst Essex is broadly in line with the national averages for skills and qualifications there are considerable differences between districts. One respondent from our 2013 survey said “youngsters, the elderly and vulnerable groups need access to development and growth opportunities”. Do you agree, do you think that more needs to be done to increase opportunities to access learning? Are there barriers preventing you achieving your potential? Do you think Essex is doing well?

Education, skills and learning are important to the UK and you have told us that they are also very important to you. That is why this year we have decided to focus on education, skills and learning for our 2014 report and we are interested to know how you think Essex is performing.  Your opinion matters and we will use the results of this survey to inform our Vital Signs 2014 report which is widely circulated and used throughout the year to help us evidence what matters most to the people of Essex.

Below you will find a link to an on-line survey which will ask you questions about Your views of education, skills and learning both in your district and in general. Please base your responses on your personal experience including your work, family life and own education. The survey is confidential and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. We would be enormously grateful if you would take the time to complete it as the more responses we obtain the more accurate the final data will be. As an added incentive we will pick two respondents at random and award £100 to a nominated charity of their choosing.

Please do feel free to send the link onto your contacts.

Thank you in anticipation of your help.