Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines

Apply for a grant

Before you start 

It is really important that you read the application guidelines as this will help us to process your application quickly and may improve your chances of being funded. You can find these by clicking on the green button to the left. 

Through our grantmaking, we support communities in Essex to take action and improve the lives of local people.

The grants we award range from £250 to £10,000 and support everything from specific projects to everyday running costs. We do also award larger grants for developmental work and multi-year projects.

Applying for a grant with ECF is straightforward and you can make an application to us at any time.

Speak with us

We want to make sure that we do our best to help you access our funds. Our professional grants team are caring and interested in how you are supporting your local communities; they will guide and support you through our application process.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply for funding or would like to discuss your application in advance, which is preferred, please contact us on 01245 356018 or

Fill out an Application Form

Our general funds can support one-off or continuing work. Please select from below, how much you need to apply for.