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New Fund Launched in Braintree

31st May 2016

A new charitable fund to improve the health, well-being and life chances of local people has been set up and jointly funded by Greenfields Community Housing and Braintree District Council.

The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund will provide voluntary and community organisations with the opportunity to apply for a grant of over £10,000 but under £40,000.You can apply to this fund to support your
project for up to 3 years i.e. £40,000 over 3 years, not £40,000 each year for 3 years. Grants will support projects which help to either improve health and wellbeing, increase aspirations and opportunities of young people or develop skills through training. 

The Fund will be managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) which has a strong track record of managing funds and channelling grants to support voluntary and community activity in Essex. 
A panel made up of representatives from Greenfields and Braintree District Council will meet with ECF to discuss and agree applications to the fund. 

Cllr Wendy Schmitt, chair of panel for the first year, said: “This joint grant fund represents a great opportunity for local organisations to come forward with their ideas to help improve and develop services for local people, that’s why we’re very proud to be part of it.”
Greenfields has been working with ECF since 2008 and since then more than £1 million has been distributed to local voluntary and community organisations.

Sandra Crosby, Greenfields Housing Director, said: “We know that local charities are well-placed to deliver services which can help people to make positive changes to their lives.  This new Fund will provide organisations with the financial support that they will need in order to run their projects over the longer-term.”

Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive at ECF said, “It is great that local organisations can apply to receive grant funding over a number of years. This Fund provides an excellent opportunity for them to plan, develop and shape their services to help local people. We would encourage groups to contact us to discuss how the fund could support their work.”

The deadline date for expressions of interest to be received by ECF is 31 August 2016.

Click here for the Fund guidelines. 

Click here for the expression of interest form. 


To discuss an application in advance please call the grants team on 01245 356018.

Grants available for health related projects

26th May 2016

Voluntary and community groups in Essex who need a funding boost for health-related projects are being offered thousands of pounds.

The money is being given by the Provide Foundation, which was established with Essex Community Foundation (ECF) in 2013.

Provide is a Community Interest Company responsible for a broad range of community health services in Essex and as a social enterprise it re-invests any surpluses back into the communities that it serves.

The aim of the grants programme is to help people to have better access to community health services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working across Essex.

Applications are now being invited for grants of up to £5,000. Applicants may additionally be put forward by the Judging Panel for a special award of £20,000 which will be decided by the Provide Members.

The grants will be presented at an Awards ceremony being held on 22 September.  Last year’s recipients received a total of £90,441 for a range of projects, including support for stroke survivors, drug and alcohol awareness workshops for young people and a lunch club and day centre providing social interaction for older people.

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 local people and, through the grants from the Provide Foundation, we can help them continue and expand their work.”

Caroline Taylor, 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.”

The closing date for applications is 30 June. Please contact the Grants Team if you would like to discuss your application on 01245 356018.  Decisions will be made in September.  Full details and Provide Foundation Guidelines are available here.

More information about Provide is available from