Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines

Southend Community Fund

The Southend Community Fund supports charities and community organisations working in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

It is also an alternative mechanism through which Southend people and companies can channel their giving locally. If you would like to make a donation to the Fund, click here

What will it support

Your organisation must be active in Southend and your work must benefit people living, and working, in the Borough.

All applications to the fund are assessed by ECF, and a panel of local people meet to review and agree all applications annually.

The following organisations have received a grant previously:

  • Southend Blind Welfare Organisation were awarded £3,500 to part fund the post of a Training and Development Manager at a charity supporting visually impaired people.
  • South East Essex Advocacy for Older People (SEEAFOP) recieved £3,000 to support a Debt and Finance Advocate project to prevent financial abuse of elderly people.
  • Transpire Southend Transgender Network were awarded £1,000 to purchase branded wet weather clothing for use at community events to raise awareness of transgender and other LGBT issues.

Speak with a grants officer

We are holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on Tuesday 11 February from 10am – 12 noon to speak with potential applicants about their funding needs. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity before completeing an application form. To take part, please call us on 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance.

How to apply

To complete an application form, click here. The deadline to submit your application is Monday 16 March.