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Grants available from the Provide Foundation

19th August 2019

Voluntary and community groups running health-related projects are being encouraged to apply to the Provide Foundation for grants to support their work.

The Provide Foundation, which is administered by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation, was set up in 2012 and has awarded grants totalling £362,100 to support local projects and activities.

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

Projects eligible for support include those that keep people out of hospital, help them to leave hospital and return home, stay healthy in their community and encourage older people to have greater access to services and activities through the use of technology.

Previous grant recipients include:

  •  Chelmsford Community Transport: £3,151 to provide door-to-door transport to medical appointments for older and disabled people
  •  Braintree Mencap Society: £5,000 to provide healthy eating classes to people with learning difficulties
  •  Headway Essex: £4,042 to provide a series of workshops on how to cope after a brain injury

Derrick Louis, Chairman of Provide said: “Supporting local charities and voluntary organisations is part of our ethos as a community interest company.

“Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary organisations in the most efficient and effective way and we are committed to awarding grants year on year to support the voluntary sector in Essex.”

For more information or to discuss an application, call ECF now on 01245 356018 or e-mail

To apply click here. The deadline for applications to be received by ECF is 5pm on 2 October 2019.

NOTE: ECF will be holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on 2 September 2019 to speak with organisations who may wish to apply.  To take part, please call between 10am and 12noon on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance.  If you are unable to call on the day, please email and an alternative time to speak with you will be arranged.

Community grants available in Maldon

5th August 2019

Charities and voluntary organisations in the Dengie, Southminster or Burnham-on-Crouch are being encouraged to apply for grants from the Tuncole Wind Farm and Middlewick Farm community benefit funds.

The funds, which are both managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), were set up to support charitable projects and activities in communities close to the wind farm developments. 

ECF manages the annual distribution of grants and works with panels of local people to consider applications and award funding.

Grants are available for projects that aim to enhance the lives of residents and encourage community activity. Since the funds were established in 2016, grants totalling £230,000 have been distributed.

Projects previously supported include:

  • Dengie Project Trust: £3,900 to run a befriending and support service for elderly people living on the Dengie peninsular.
  • Southminster Memorial Hall: £7,000 to replace chairs, tables and crockery at a well-used rural village hall.
  • Maldon Community Voluntary Services: £29,000 to employ a community engagement coordinator, over two years.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive at ECF, said: “The panel members draw on their community knowledge to help us ensure that funding is channelled to where it is needed most. I encourage anyone that has a project in mind that will help to improve the lives of local people, and the area in which they live, to get in touch with the Foundation’s grants team.”

For more information about how to apply for a grant, please call us on 01245 356018. The deadline to apply is Friday 16 August.

Young Halstead archer shoots for success

5th August 2019

A 15-year-old talented archer that lives in Halstead has received a grant of £2,460 to help pursue her dream of competing in the Olympics.

Imogen Newby, who attends Hedingham Secondary School, has been training in since she was eight years old and has received this funding boost to continue competing in the sport that she loves.

“Archery is a huge passion of mine and I can’t imagine my life without it” said Imogen.  “I train for 3 hours a week with my coach and travel to the Archery GB Training Academy in Shropshire every two months. I am fortunate enough to qualify for competitions across the UK and get to compete against my peers.

“My parents have to pay for every competition, lesson and test that I do. This grant will help us to cover the costs of my training and upcoming competitions, which includes travel and entry fees. My dream is to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

The grant was jointly awarded from the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund and the Young Sports Fund, which are both managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), and are dedicated to supporting young people where finance is a barrier to them achieving their sporting ambitions.

Imogen’s coach, Tony Ferguson, said: “I have coached Imogen for the last five years and she is a talented archer who is driven to be the best she can be. She is currently ranked as one of the best in her age group in Great Britain and this funding will to help her to progress and to buy the high-quality equipment she needs for competitions”.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Imogen and wish her every success in the future. ECF has a small number of funds that are dedicated to supporting individuals to reach their full potential, including grants for education, sports, music and theatrical performance. If you need financial support to pursue your dreams, I encourage you to call the grants team on 01245 356018”.

As well as supporting individuals, the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund will also consider grants to support clubs and facilities which are widening the opportunity for local people to get active and be involved in sports.

Donations to the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund to help local sporting talent and improve sports facilities in Essex can be sent to Essex Community Foundation, 121 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT or call Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947.