Essex Community Foundation

Comic Relief Core Strength - Local Communities

Please note that tthe deadline has passed for applications to this fund.

We are delighted to work with Comic Relief on the Core Strength - Local Communities initiative.

This provides funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. 

Grants will be between £1,000 to £10,000, for up to 12 months, and are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.

The grants will be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage. 

Who Can Apply?

You must be a locally led and based organisation. This means you are based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.
This includes:

• Constituted voluntary and community groups
• Charities
• Social enterprises
• Co-operatives
• Community interest companies

Examples of what we will fund:

• Rental costs
• Heating, lighting, water rates
• Core staff costs 
• Stationary, small capital items, internet
• Volunteer costs 

Organisational development
• Staff training
• Trustee training
• Volunteer training
• Fundraising
• Business planning and development
• Developing monitoring and learning

How to apply:

If you are interested in making an application to this programme, please click here to read the full criteria before you start. 

If you are interested in making an application, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. Following a discussion about your work, you will then be sent the specific application form. The deadline is Friday 20 April.

Comic Relief is a registered charity, number 326568.