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Teledyne e2v provides long-term support for local charities

28th September 2018

A passionate pledge to give back to their community is being achieved by the Chelmsford-based global manufacturer Teledyne e2v, through their charitable fund.

Teledyne e2v is one of the largest private employers in Essex with around 850 highly skilled staff in Chelmsford as well as operations around the world. They develop technology that enables a range of applications including the diagnosis and treatment of illness, life science research and Space exploration.

The fund, which is run on behalf of the company by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), has over the past year, distributed more than £8,000 to charities and community groups in the county.

Grants awarded include £2,800 for the charity InterAct, based at Moulsham Mill, which helps young people with learning disabilities.

Anita Goldsmith, chief executive of InterAct, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Teledyne e2v Foundation, through ECF, for our Aspire Centre in Chelmsford.

“This is a community venue providing a unique resource to young people with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism and emotional difficulties. The centre is a base for our activities and it incorporates the Aspire Garden. Every week the centre is used for our Friday evening COZ Club, a gardening group, Circles of Support project and our over 19s project.

“We use the centre to engage with young people, communicate with them about their lives, aims and ambitions for the future, increasing their confidence, independence and personal safety. The project improves community safety by engaging young people, reducing stigma and providing support.

“This grant is a great boost for the centre and will mean we can improve our equipment and expand activities.”

Other grants awarded by ECF over the past year from the Teledyne e2v Foundation include:

• £3,000 for We Walk the Line, based in Colchester. The funding will go towards the salary of a mentor to help disadvantaged people into employment at a social enterprise café at the Firstsite gallery in the town.

• £1,252 to Braintree Rethink Carers Support to fund an art club for people with mental health difficulties and a social club for their carers.

• £1,790 for an all-weather adventure cycleway and woodland haven being developed by Broomfield Village Hall Charity.

Jon Kemp, chairperson of Teledyne e2v’s charities committee (pictured second from right), said: “We are passionate about giving back to our community and we have chosen to be strategic in our approach to charitable giving by setting up the Teledyne e2v Foundation, with ECF, in 2006. 

“By working with ECF we are introduced to a wide range of local voluntary and community organisations that we otherwise would not know about. Applications are assessed by ECF and a shortlist is presented to our charities committee which is made up of members of staff, so they can be involved in the decision-making process.

“It is a very rewarding partnership and we are often able to see at first hand the positive results that our grant making has had by visiting the charities and organisations who have received funding.”

Since 2006, the Teledyne e2v Foundation has awarded grants totalling almost £67,000.

For more information about Teledyne e2v, visit

Setting up a Fund with ECF

Essex Community Foundation offers a professional, flexible, personalised service to help you achieve your charitable objectives. We work with:

  • Individuals
  • Companies
  • Charitable trusts
  • Public agencies

To discuss how ECF can help you whatever your level of giving or area of interest, please call Steven Mackenzie on 01245 355947.

ECF announces next Chairman

6th September 2018

Essex Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicholas Alston CBE DL as its next Chair of Trustees.

Jonathan Minter DL, the Foundation’s Chairman since 2013, will hand over the reins at ECF’s Annual General Meeting in November, having completed eight years on the Board, the maximum term that a Trustee can serve.

Nick, who joined ECF as a Trustee in 2017, was born and raised in Essex and lives in Chelmsford with his wife Philippa. In 2012, Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner, a role which he says gave him an insight into the vital role of the voluntary sector across the Essex. 

Prior to this, Nick spent 30 years working in national defence and security for which he was appointed a CBE in 1997. He is also Chair of the Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and a Trustee of the charity, Open Road.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “Nick has a deep understanding of the voluntary and community sector and the issues that they tackle through their work, as well as seeing the importance of partnership working and philanthropic giving. I am really looking forward to working with him and the Board of Trustees, to implement our new five-year strategic plan that builds on all that the Foundation has achieved to date.”

High Sheriff invites applications

6th September 2018

- Please note that the deadline date of 1 December has passed and we are no longer accepting applications for this round of funding. If you have any questions, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 -

Local charities and voluntary organisations are encouraged to apply for funding from the High Sheriff of Essex Awards Scheme.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), and the money will be awarded to groups that are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.

Projects that have received grants previously include a handyman service for housebound and vulnerable people living in Epping Forest District, construction skills training in Chelmsford for disadvantaged teenagers and a mentoring programme in Clacton for boys who do not have a positive male role model in their lives.

The deadline date for applications is 1 December, so now is the time for organisations to apply for a grant to support their work.

Bryan Burrough, High Sheriff of Essex said: “I have had the privilege of visiting some amazing organisations that are doing great work and I am sure that there are many more groups working in local communities.  I would encourage them to apply to ECF for a grant as the High Sheriffs Awards provides a wonderful opportunity to thank them for the work they are doing and to sing their praises.”

An independent panel of judges, chaired by the High Sheriff and including past High Sheriffs, will review the applications and the awards will be presented by the High Sheriff at a ceremony to be held at Hylands House in March 2019.

The historic role of a High Sheriff is to promote law and order and it also now encompasses giving recognition and reward to those who help promote the safety and quality of life of all those that live in Essex.

Since it came under ECF’s management in 1997, the High Sheriff’s Fund has awarded 600 grants totalling nearly £500,000.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said, “The High Sheriffs’ Fund is a valuable financial resource for the Essex voluntary sector.  ECF is delighted to manage the Fund and work with successive High Sheriffs’, helping them to direct funds to where they are most needed and tackle important issues at a local level.” 

The closing date for grant applications for the High Sheriffs’ Fund is 1 December

Tampon Tax Community Fund

6th September 2018

- Please note that the deadline to apply for this funding has now passed. If you have any questions, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. They will be happy to help -

Essex-based voluntary and community organisations that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls, are being invited to apply for grants from the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

The Fund, which is being managed locally by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), was set up by the Government and receives money generated from the VAT on sanitary products. 

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to support projects which will help women and girls have the best future possible.

Successful applicants will be required to show how they meet one of the three priority areas of the programme:

  • Helping women and girls to build skills and confidence
  • Improving their health and well-being
  • Building social networks

The deadline for applications to be received is Monday 5 November. 

ECF is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Community Foundations to deliver this national funding programme in Essex.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We know there are many voluntary organisations in Essex that are helping women and girls to improve their lives through local initiatives. These could include, but are not limited to, helping them into employment, raising awareness of health issues or creating inclusive peer networks.

“Grants are available to support ongoing work, staff costs for specific projects or to expand or start a new initiative, so please contact our grants team today.”

How to apply

- Please note that the deadline to apply for this funding has now passed. If you have any questions, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. They will be happy to help -

Maldon District Phone-In Funding Surgery: 24 September

6th September 2018

Are you a voluntary or community organisation in the Maldon District 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 Monday 24 September from 10am to 12 noon.

ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your options. Please call them 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.