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Grants available to improve health and wellbeing in local communities

9th September 2017

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 the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF) in 2013.

Provide is a social enterprise and delivers a broad range of community health and care services in Essex and elsewhere.  As a social enterprise, any surpluses that the organisation makes, by working more efficiently and innovatively, are reinvested into the local communities it serves and/or are used to develop its services.

The aim of the funding programme, which offers grants of up to £5,000, is to help people to have better access to community health services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working across Essex.

Last year’s recipients received a total of £90,000 for a range of activities, including respite for carers, a healthy eating programme for young people, support for people with an acquired brain injury and an activity club for children with disabilities.

John Niland, Chief Executive of Provide said: “By working with the Essex Community Foundation, we are able to effectively offer funds to voluntary and community organisations whose work complements that of Provide.

“The wide range of projects and support that is available for local people is really impressive and contributes greatly to improving their health and well-being.  Our organisation is pleased to be able to offer grants to enable this vital work to continue and grow.”

Paul Hill, Head of Grants and Programmes at ECF, said: “This is a great opportunity for local communities to receive funding to continue to expand their health-related work.  We would encourage organisations to apply or call us to discuss their application in advance of submission if they need advice and help.

“Provide is an excellent organisation and we look forward to once again working with them and their staff, who are fully involved, in how to allocate the grants through ECF.”

  • The closing date for applications is 20 October.
  • Please contact the ECF grants team if you would like to discuss your application on 01245 356018. 
  • Decisions will be made in early January.  Full details and Provide Foundation guidelines can be found here.
  • More information about Provide is available from

Phone-In Funding Surgery: Community Safety - 8 November

9th September 2017

Are you a voluntary organisation which is working to make your community safer and do you need funding?

If so, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) will be holding a Phone-in Funding Surgery to help you identify if there are grants available to support your work and talk you through the process of making an application.

This phone-in event will be held on Wednesday 8 November between 10am to 12 noon

ECF grant officers will be on hand to discuss your funding options. Please call them, on the day, on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot.

If you cannot get through, please leave a voicemail with your name, what organisation you are calling from and your phone number.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


9th September 2017

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Steve Packham, Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, who died peacefully on 24 October 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Steve was a former Trustee of ECF and served on the Board for six years from October 2004 to November 2010.  He was a great advocate and supporter of the Foundation’s work and actively encouraged other Councils and public agencies to engage with us in supporting their local voluntary and community sector.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

“It was a privilege to work with Steve.  He will be greatly missed by all of us here at ECF and, I am sure, by his friends and colleagues at Chelmsford City Council.” Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive