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Keeping the flow of support into local communities

30th August 2017

Local voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants from the Essex & Suffolk Water Community Fund.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF). Grant applications are considered by an employee committee and projects given support must be related to either health and well-being, community support or the environment.

The deadline date for applications is 31 October, so now is the time for organisations to take up the opportunity to apply for a grant.

Projects which have received grants previously include providing a sailing boat for a Sea Scout Group in Southend, tools and equipment for a Men’s Shed project in Rayleigh, catering equipment for use at a community club which provides hotel meals for vulnerable elderly people in Basildon and covering the costs of a physiotherapist and teacher for a disabled swimming club in Maldon.

Michael Page, External Communications Consultant at Essex & Suffolk Water said, “Water is one of the most important commodities in our lives and we are very aware of the essential service we offer to our customers.

“Our Community Fund with ECF is just one way that we endeavour to engage with and support the communities that we serve on a daily basis.”

Essex & Suffolk Water established their Fund with ECF in 2003 to give support to a wide range of local projects and organisations now and in the future.  Since then, 120 grants totalling nearly £85,000 have been awarded to voluntary groups and charities working in the Essex & Suffolk Water supply areas.

Paul Hill, Head of Grants and Programmes at ECF said, “We urge organisations to apply as these grants could give them a real boost to help them continue their much-needed work.

“The ECF grants team are always on hand so please call us to discuss any projects or applications in advance of submission.”       

The closing date for grant applications is 31 October 2017.  To apply click here or call the grants team on 01245 356018.

ECF welcomes new Patron

25th August 2017

ECF is delighted to welcome Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, as its new Patron.

Jennifer, who has been a Vice President of ECF since 2006, takes over from Lord Petre who has been the Foundation's Patron for the past 18 years. 

Lord Petre now becomes ECF's President taking the role from our Founder, Ian Marks, CBE DL.

Ian said, "Community Foundations are all about the constantly changing needs of people and local communities. My wife Angela and I founded ECF in 1996 and we are extremely pleased at its growth and success. We are delighted that Jennifer and Lord Petre have accepted these roles and are confident that they will both be active ambassadors for ECF and the voluntary sector in Essex."

Phone-In Funding Surgery: Thurrock - 27 September

25th August 2017

Are you a voluntary or community organisation in Thurrock and do you need funding?

If so, Essex Community Foundation will be holding a phone-in funding surgery to help you identify if there is support available for your work and talk you through the process of applying for grants.

This phone-in event will be held on Wednesday 27 September between 10am to 12 noon. 

ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your funding options. Please call them, on the day, on 01245 356018. 

If you cannot get through on the day, please leave a message with your name, the organisation you are calling from and a number that we can contact you on.  We will return your call as soon as possible. 

We are seeking volunteer panel members

10th August 2017

Do you live in the Bradwell and Tillingham areas and would you like to make a difference in your local community? If so, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is seeking volunteers to join a panel of local people to consider grant applications from voluntary and community organisations in Bradwell-on-Sea and Tillingham.

Bradwell Wind Farm Community Fund was set up in 2013 by RWE npower renewables for the life of the wind farm, to support community projects and activities with grants of up to £10,000.

The Fund is administered by ECF, an independent charitable trust. Grant applications meeting the criteria of the Fund, are assessed by ECF and presented to a panel of local people for consideration.

To date, the Fund has awarded 28 grants totalling £122,163 to support a wide range of community projects, including the expansion of an advice outreach and home visiting services to the two villages, improving cricket facilities, setting up of an under 8's football team and supporting local scouts and guides.

ECF would like to increase the number of people on the panel and is seeking one representative from Tillingham and one from Bradwell. The panel meets twice a year at St Cedd’s School Bradwell, usually in May and again in November from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Jill Curd,at ECF, on or call 01245 356018.

Charity Times Awards 2017

1st August 2017

ECF is delighted that its Chief Executive, Caroline Taylor, has been shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards 2017 in the category which recognises the achievements of new CEO’s working in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

Caroline was appointed Chief Executive in January 2016 and has worked with ECF for 13 years, latterly as Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for the Foundation’s Grants and Programmes.

Under her leadership, ECF has reached the milestones of growing the value of its endowment fund to £40 million, which will support charitable organisations and projects in Essex in perpetuity; and having awarded £30 million in grants since the Foundation was established in 1996.

Caroline said: “It’s an honour to be the Chief Executive of ECF and to work with a dedicated team of people who are committed to our mission of developing local philanthropy to support the work of the voluntary sector in Essex.”.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday 4 October 2017.