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Proceeds of Crime to benefit local charities

28th November 2014

The new initiative means that each year, money from the sale of property and items seized by Essex Police from criminals will be recycled to encourage local giving and provide grants to voluntary and community organisations for community safety projects in the county.

The motivating incentive at the heart of the scheme offers individuals and companies the chance to have their donations match funded by 50 per cent by the money channelled through ECF by Essex Police. 

ECF will manage the match funding scheme, which is being launched with £75,000.  Further match funding will be made available annually by Essex Police and will depend on the monies which are raised from the sale of criminal assets seized by Essex Police.   Individuals and companies who donate £25,000 or more can have the opportunity to establish their own endowed fund with ECF.  All other donations will be pooled in a general Essex Community Safety Fund managed by the Foundation. You can donate on-line at

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex (above centre with Charles Clark, ECF Vice President and Caroline Taylor, ECF Deputy CEO) said: “The launch of the Essex Police Proceeds of Crime Match Funding Scheme is a highly innovative, if not unique approach which will result in money collected from criminals being used to help increase charitable giving across the county.

“It is something I have wanted to see for a long time and it demonstrates the commitment of Essex Police to giving support to people and local charities in Essex working and making the county a better and safer place to live.  We are a bit like Robin Hood – taking from the greedy and giving to the needy.

“We are delighted to be working closely with such a highly respected organisation as ECF to make the scheme work and to ensure it has a lasting impact.  It will be extremely satisfying to see that it is payback time for criminals and the money will be used to make our communities safer. The scheme is not going be short-term, it will be ongoing and we are planning to make funding available every year.”

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of ECF said: “We are pleased to be working with Essex Police, who are to be congratulated for coming up with a completely fresh way of converting the proceeds of crime into something positive for the benefit of the community. We believe this scheme deserves a widespread welcome and that it will inspire and increase charitable giving across the county.

“It is very fitting that all grants will go towards activities promoting community safety and we know that even modest grants will make a big difference to people’s lives.”

Provide Foundation gives £90,000

17th November 2014

Health-related projects in mid Essex run by 21 voluntary and community groups have been given a major cash boost with awards totaling £90,000 from the Provide Foundation.

The money was presented at a special awards ceremony held at Pontlands Park and organisations helping children with disabilities, people with alcohol addiction and people with dementia were among those receiving awards.

Provide, formerly known as the Central Essex Community Services, is a community interest company and delivers a wide range of community health services across mid Essex.  It allocated the awards from the Provide Foundation, an endowed fund it has established with the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

There was a top award of £20,000 which was presented to the Stroke Club Mid Essex and a further 20 organisations received grants and donations ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.

John Niland, chief executive of Provide said: “An important part of our work is supporting local charities and voluntary organisations which underpin the social and care services in our communities.

“We are delighted that by giving these annual awards, this year totaling £90,000, we can support community schemes and projects making great strides to improve the health and wellbeing of people in mid Essex.

“Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary and community organisations whose work complements our own. As a not-for-profit organisation Provide is obliged to re-invest a part of its surpluses back into the communities that it serves. Having established the Provide Foundation with ECF we can do this in the most efficient and effective way and will be awarding grants year on year to support the voluntary sector in Essex.”

Caroline Taylor, deputy chief executive of ECF said: “It is very heartening to see organisations working so hard in their local communities receive funding for their health-related work.

“The awards reflect the very wide range of voluntary work going on in our communities, carried out by dedicated and determined staff and volunteers. This gives them the recognition they deserve and helps them to continue and expand their work.

“Provide is an excellent organisation to work with, they are creative, innovative and their enthusiastic and well informed staff and Members are fully involved in the allocation of grants.”

To view photos of the evening please visit our flickr page

To read a full list of all grants awarded click here