Advice and information on funding is provided at CVST. 

We can offer advice, guidance and information to voluntary/community groups on:


As part of this service, voluntary and community groups can also access a regular funding news sheet and attend ‘Meet the Funder’ events, which are held to give organisations the ideal opportunity to speak directly to funders about their projects/ideas in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.




Follow Essex Community Foundation on Twitter @Essex_CF and Facebook @EssexFoundation to keep up-to-date with their latest funding opportunities. The independent grantmaking trust distributes £3 million annually to support community and voluntary organisations in Essex. They award grants to a wide range of issues across the County and accept applications for specific projects and core costs; including staff salaries and rent.



Tendring Compact

The Tendring Compact is an agreement on relations between the Statutory and Voluntary sectors. Organisations are encouraged top sign up and to nominate a Compact Champion for their organisation.   See the Local Compact page for more information.



New-look ‘Community Initiatives Fund’ opens for applications

Individuals, voluntary organisations and community groups with a vision to boost their local communities and help make Essex a great place to live and work could gain much needed funding from Essex County Council’s ‘Community Initiatives Fund’ (CIF).

Launched in the 1 April 2019 the ‘new-look’ fund brings together a variety of Essex County Council funded community grant schemes under one roof for the first time. The £650,000 fund, which comprises the existing Community Initiatives Fund, Local Service Fund, Local Connections Fund and Cultural Development Grants, will be administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) over a two-year period.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said: “Even in times of extreme financial challenge we want to continue to invest in our local communities. A big thank you to our partners the Essex Association of Local Councils who will administer the scheme on our behalf.  I encourage individuals and groups who have a great idea to improve their local communities, and especially those who have not applied before, to make their applications.”

Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded for projects that benefit the wider community and demonstrate a real community need.  These may be for new amenities, equipment, new local services or cultural initiatives all of which contribute towards strengthening communities.

In addition, micro-grants of up to £500 are available throughout the year to enable community projects at a grass roots level to quickly and easily access vital funds for projects that can help reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing and support better connected communities.

For more information visit or contact the Funding Officer Louise Gambardella This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Click here for the January 2019 Funding News






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