Advice and Funding Information
CVST provides information on funding and grants. If you’re a voluntary and community group, you can access a regular funding news sheet and attend regular Meet the Funder events.
Meet the Funder events are an ideal opportunity for groups to speak directly to funders about their projects and ideas, in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Forthcoming Funding Surgeries
We also offer guidance and information to voluntary/community groups on:
- Organisation health check
- Charitable status
- Charity and company registration
- Policies and procedures
- Quality standards
- Volunteer recruitment and retention
- Identifying funding opportunities
- Advice on completing application forms
- Hosting events – all you need to know
- Action planning
- Training opportunities
- to name just a few!
Lloyds Bank Foundation Specialist Programme
Funding Surgery - TBC
Funding Surgery – Our next funding surgery will be held on Wednesday 10th January 2.30-4.30pm Our guest speaker will from be Grassroots Charity and Tudwick Foundation to book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Community Partnership Fund
National Lottery Awards for All England
Tendring Hyperlocal Fund is now open to applications
Do you have an idea that would help to improve the health and well-being of our local community in Tendring?
The purpose of the Hyperlocal Fund is to support the development of asset rich, resilient local neighbourhoods that improve health and wellbeing for local residents. In particular, the Hyperlocal Fund is addressing the following local priorities:
• Reducing the burden of deprivation and inequalities
• Improving mental health and reducing suicide
• Improving health and wellbeing by reducing isolation and loneliness
• Improving Physical Health and the management of long – term conditions as identified within the locality linked to PHM analysis
• Increasing physical activity to reduce obesity
Public Health and Communities Business Plan
The PHAB programme funds projects supporting the aims of the new Essex Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities Business Plan and aims to tackle health inequalities and improve the health of Essex residents. Grants must be used to create new services or expand on existing ones.
They cannot be used as an alternative funding stream to continue to run services which are already being provided.
The second round of Expressions of Interest opens on Monday 6 November and will close at 5pm on Friday 1 December. The Expressions of Interest application form can be found here.
For more information on the criteria, and details of how to submit an Expression of Interest, visit www.essex.gov.uk/phab
You can also email the Project Team directly with questions at PHABApplications@activeessex.org.
Please be reminded that PHAB small grants scheme, which offers grants of up to £15,000 to organisations across Essex, remains open on a rolling basis. For information and application form please go to Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB): Apply for a small grant | Essex County Council.
Sixth Windrush Day Grant Scheme - Nov 23
Sixth Windrush Day Grant Scheme is now openCouncils, community groups and charities can bid for a share of up to £500,000 for educational, arts and sporting projects in the run up to Windrush Day on 22 June 2024.Grants will fund commemorative and celebratory events and activities in recognition of the contributions the Windrush generation and their descendants have made to UK society. Some previous examples of events funded by the grant include celebratory parades, art exhibitions, and choir groups.Near Neighbours, a charity that brings people together in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, are administering the grant scheme on DLUHC’s behalf.
The Love Essex Fund
The Love Essex Fund supports local organisations, individuals and schools with projects that create or inspire a reduction in household waste. This funding is provided through micro-grants of up to £500.
For this round of funding, we are hoping to support projects that promote reuse and repair across the county. Please read the desired criteria below before submitting an application.
Applications for the Love Essex Fund open on Monday 16 October 2023.
For further details go to Love Essex Fund October 2023 – Essex County Council – Citizen Space
Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund Supports Community Food Projects (UK)
The Cost of Living Emergency Fund is provided by donations from members of the public and run by Crowdfunder.
This match-funding initiative will provide grants of up to £5,000 conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform.
The funding is for community organisations that are helping to tackle food poverty in their local area.
The funding is for revenue costs and could be used for projects such as the following (not limited to):
- Supporting the creation or continuation of foodbanks.
- Providing support to those helping to provide free meals for children during the summer holidays.
- Providing food budgeting or food education support to those in financial difficulties.
- Reducing food waste and therefore food costs through community fridge creation/continuation.
Applications will be accepted from:
- Registered UK Charities.
- Registered community benefit organisations.
- Registered social enterprises and charity companies.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be based in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and for the benefit of communities within the UK.
- Have a UK mainland bank account in the name of the organisation.
- Be able to deliver the outcome of this crowdfunding campaign by 31 December 2023.
- Be raising funds for running costs only.
- Have been operating for at least 12 months.
Priority will be given to organisations which are new to crowdfunding. The funder is seeking to ensure funding is distributed equitably, particularly in terms of geographic location and types of beneficiaries.
The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder where they can find the terms and conditions and criteria. Applicants should bear in mind that all projects must be delivered by 31 December 2023.
The fund will close when all the funding is allocated.
Suicide Prevention Grant Fund 2023-2025
- to support non-profit organisations to configure their suicide prevention services and activities to better meet the increased demand seen in recent years
- to support a range of diverse and innovative activity that can prevent suicides, both at a national and community level.
Places and Spaces fund - Community Halls link
Places and Spaces
This is a funding opportunity to support organisations who want to improve community facilities and assets, to make spaces fit for purpose and encouragte our priority audiences to access more physical activity opportunities. Through this funding pot, we’re able to support projects between £1000-£9,999. See the following link for full criteria and application form: https://www.activeessex.org/find-your-active/the-places-and-spaces-fund/
The funding deadline is 31st August 2023. We’re encouraging anyone looking to apply to contact their Hub area Active Essex contact before applying the Tendring contact is Ian Duggan email@example.com
Update on our Public Health Accelerator Bid programme
Regarding the launch of Essex County Council’s new £7.5 million grant scheme, the Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme.
The programme is made up of two grant funding streams:
- small grants under £15,000
- major grants over £15,000
I am now pleased to confirm we’ve reached an important milestone in the programme, with the opening of expressions of interest for the major grants.
We are inviting organisations to submit an expression of interest (EoI) in advance of submitting their formal application. If successful, they will then be invited to submit a formal application form in September.
As a reminder, the PHAB programme will look to fund projects supporting the aims of the new Essex Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities Business Plan and aims to tackle health inequalities and improve the health of Essex residents.
Alongside the opening of expressions of interest, I am pleased to also confirm today the launch of the new PHAB website.
The website brings together information on the programme, including the full guidance and expression of interest forms. It will continue to be updated with more information, including the application forms for both grants once live, as the programme progresses.
You can find the website at: https://www.essex.gov.uk/phab.
Questions on the programme can also be emailed to PHABApplications@activeessex.org.
The deadline for the first round of expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 25 August. Further rounds will take place in due course.
Applications for the small grants and first round of the major grant for those whose EoI has been approved will open on Monday 4 September and we expect to award the first grants in November.
We look forward to receiving your bids later this year and welcome any questions you have on the programme.
Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant launches
Organisations across Southend, Essex and Thurrock are once again invited to apply for the Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant 2024 – 25 to fund projects that have a positive impact on the issues around serious violence.
Local organisations are at the forefront of some amazing work that seeks to address issues such as knife harm, gangs, drugs, exploitation and lack of youth provision, and we are keen to support this work as much as we can.
Our 2024-2025 V&V Community Grant is open to applications from local ‘not-for-profit’ voluntary or community clubs, or organisations based in, and therefore delivering in, Essex, Southend and Thurrock.
Groups can apply for up to £25,000 to deliver support and interventions for children, young people, young adults and families (families must include children, young people or young adults aged 0-24 inclusive). Projects must demonstrate how they have a positive impact through protective factors on issues relating to serious violence.
In previous funding rounds grants have been awarded to projects that provide one to one support and mentoring, outdoor therapy sessions, youth club sessions, after-school clubs and support, sporting activities including drama and the arts, initiatives that run within schools, detached youth work and targeted support for vulnerable individuals – among many other things!
Projects must evidence they are meeting specific needs as highlighted on a local basis by young people in our Listening Report 2022 – 23. The Violence and Vulnerability Unit is keen to base the interventions funded on what young people tell us they need in their local area.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, and Chair of the Violence and Vulnerability Partnership said: “Young people have told us what support they want in their local area and now it is within our power to gift them that support. Listening to young people isn’t a token gesture, we want to act on their local knowledge and help ensure that there is targeted support in their communities that ensures they are safe, supported and safeguarded from risk.”
The V&V Community Grant is looking to fund projects that can run during April 2024 to 31st December 2025, commencing no later than 1st September 2024.
The closing date for applications is noon on 29 September 2023. Groups can apply online via the application form
For more information visit Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Services (ecvys.org.uk)
2024 GSK IMPACT Awards and new GSK Health Inequalities programme
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £150,000 and £3 million.
Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000. In addition, the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities. View the guidelines and access the application.
Deadline for Stage 1 applications is 5.00pm on Friday 1 September 2023.
The Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB)
The programme will fund new projects that are both grounded in public health principles and deliver services in new and innovative ways, focusing on those most affected by health inequalities.
Applications for the small grants (under £15,000) and first round of the major grants (over £15,000) open on Monday 4 September. We wanted to share the news with you well ahead of time so that you can begin to compile ideas and explore how your organisation could benefit from the programme.
Expressions of interest for the major grants programme will be invited from 1 August. There will be more than one round of applications for the major grant funding.
Full guidance for the programme will be available soon.
If you have any queries about the PHAB programme, you can email PHABApplications@activeessex.org.
27/06/23 King’s Award for Voluntary Service
King’s Award for Voluntary Service
05/06/23 - £350,000 Community Initiatives Fund offering grants of up to £10k opens for applications
£350,000 Community Initiatives Fund offering grants of up to £10k opens for applications
Fund is available to voluntary organisations, community groups and Town and Parish Councils for projects which strengthen communities and make Essex a great place to live and work.
Voluntary organisations, community groups and Town and Parish Councils across Essex are being invited to bid for funding to help create resilient and vibrant communities, as part of our commitment to Level Up the County.
The Essex Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) 2023-24 is now open for applications. The fund is administered by Essex Association of Local Councils on behalf of Essex County Council.
There are two levels of grant:
- grants up to £10,000 towards capital or revenue projects that benefit the wider community
- micro grants are now available up to the increased threshold of £1,000 to help grassroots groups reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing or encourage communities to connect
This year £300,000 is allocated to the main CIF round with grants of up to £10,000 available to support projects that benefit the wider community and demonstrate a real community need.
These projects may be new amenities, equipment, new local services or cultural initiatives, all of which contribute towards strengthening communities.
The deadline for full applications to the main CIF round this year is 18 August 2023.
Organisations can apply to the fund by visiting https://www.ealc.gov.uk/community-initiative-fund/.
The fund also operates a £50,000 Micro Grant Community Chest Fund with grants of up to £1,000 available to help grassroots groups reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing or help communities connect. This year the micro grants have also been extended to support organisations to build and develop their capabilities and skills.
Applications to the micro grants fund can be made on a rolling basis until all funds are used.
You can apply to the Micro Grant Community Chest Fund here – https://ealc.gov.uk/micro-grants-fund/.
Peter Davey, Chairman of the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC), said: “The Essex Association of Local Councils is proud to have been asked to administer the grant scheme on behalf of Essex County Council once again this year.
“The Community Initiatives Fund provides vital funding for community projects, well-being initiatives and other important improvement schemes.
“The EALC has well-established links to many Essex organisations and is ideally positioned to triage applications, address the financial standing of applicants, create and administer the CIF funding panel and ensure funds are released in a timely manner to successful applicants.”
Cllr Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Equality, Partnerships and Performance, said: “Local groups and voluntary organisations are well placed to understand the needs and opportunities in their areas and I would encourage people to come forward and apply for funding from the Essex Community Initiative Fund for projects to boost and support their local community.”
Applications are invited from town and parish councils, community groups, registered charities, social enterprises, community interest companies or individuals in the Essex County Council area (not Southend and Thurrock).
Projects should have community backing and show that they help meet a real community need.
01/02/23 Magic Little Grants
Today we are proud to announce that Magic Little Grants 2023 is now open for applications.
After successfully distributing grants to 2,650 charitable organisations in 2022, we’re incredibly excited to announce that 2023 is going to be even bigger and better than ever before… you won’t want to miss out!
Once again Localgiving is partnering with People’s Postcode Lottery, a grant-giving charity funded by its players to offer charitable organisations across Great Britain the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.
Applications are now open; only take 20 minutes and you’ll know the outcome within six weeks.
What do you need to know to apply?
- Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.
· Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
· Organisations and the projects for which they apply must be located within England, Scotland, or Wales.
You can now log in to your Localgiving charity account to apply via the My Grants menu.
Please note that schools are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity. Groups in Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply for this funding. Groups may only apply once in 2023 for a grant.
We look forward to your application,
22/11/22 - Screening Awareness Fund
The purpose of the fund is to raise awareness and increase promotion of cervical, breast, bowel and prostate screening services in the Tendring area. Also, to encourage taking up of smear tests, mammograms, home-test bowel kits, and prostate screening.
Applications of up to £2,000 are invited. They may cover raising awareness and promotion of all four screening services or cover one or two areas.
For guidelines, criteria, application form or further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Screening Awareness Fund).
This funding is provided by The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance and is administered though CVS Tendring
25/10/22 - Community Winter Warmth and Welcome Spaces Fund
A new £100,000 fund has been created to help create warm and welcoming spaces.
- The fund offers grants of up to £1,000 so organisations can create new spaces or activities, or extend their existing services.
- The fund is open to charities, clubs or associations, community interest companies and town and parish councils.
- The fund will be administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) on ECCs behalf.
To find out more and to apply to the Community Winter Warmth and Welcome Spaces Fund click here.
22/09/22 - East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund
The East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund is now open for a new round of applications. The region’s largest independent retailer, the East of England Co-op, set-up the fund in April 2020 and with this latest round has supported local communities across the region with donations of more than £591,000 to date, which are managed by Essex Community Foundation.
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for groups that meet one or more of these issue areas:
- Community action – including the development of physical and virtual spaces, and services that bring communities
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Food justice for all – including access to, and sharing knowledge about good quality, nutritious food
The work must also take place near where the East of England Co-op trades. To find your nearest East of England Co-op food store, travel branch or funeral branch, click here.
For more information on the scheme and how to apply for funding, click here. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 10 October.
Please note that you cannot re apply to this fund in consecutive years, therefore there must be at least 12 months since your last end of grant report was received.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your work in advance of applying, please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018. or email email@example.com.
You can read our full press release here.
22/08/22 - Active Tendring Funding
Active Tendring is inviting applications from organisations and groups to deliver projects to support the residents of Tendring to become more physically active.
Active Tendring is looking to fund between £500 and £3,000 to local organisations who are working with those currently inactive or do low levels of physical activity but wish to increase their activity levels.
For a full criteria and application form or to discuss your idea please contact Active Essex Assistant Relationship Manager Ian Duggan via firstname.lastname@example.org
22/08/22 - Together Fund
Active Essex has received funding from Sport England’s Together Fund to support communities who have been most affected by Covid and found it difficult to become or remain active.
This includes the following 4 target groups for this funding:
· Culturally Diverse Communities
· Disabled People
· People with Long Term Health Conditions
· Lower Socio-Economic Groups
The funding is for not-for-profit organisations and groups that want to find ways of getting/ keeping their target audience (one of the above groups) active.
We expect most awards to be between £1,000 to £4,000 depending on the need demonstrated.
For a full criteria and application form or to discuss your idea please contact Active Essex Relationship Manager Hayley Chapman via Hayley.email@example.com
19/08/22 - The Community Champions Local Authority Fund
21/02/22 - KFC Foundation
This grant programme is for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000. We will make grants of up to £2,000. The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:
- Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
- Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
- Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
- Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
- Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received
15/02/22 - Brief Solution Focused Bereavement Support
Brief Solution Focused Bereavement Support
As part of the on-going response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex County Council is inviting local community and voluntary sector organisations to submit applications to support people to deal with grief and bereavement.
Grants for Brief Solution Focused Bereavement support
The total grant funding available is £400,00 with £100,000 available per quadrant to deliver support.
Grants of £100,000 per quadrant are being made available to the voluntary and community sector to support children, young people and adults who are struggling to deal with grief and bereavement using brief solution focused bereavement support.
Successful applicants will demonstrate that they can support people and deliver the service face to face, in person or on-line, or as part of a wider group in line with the persons requirements. The successful applicants will deliver the following outcomes:
- People will experience improved mental health
- People will be less isolated and lonely
- People will know how, when, and where to access on-going support
- People will have the opportunity to develop increased personal resilience whilst adjusting to their loss
14/02/22 - LGBT+ Equity Fund
07/02/22 - The Tudor Trust
Not-for-profit groups and organisations with an income of less than £1 million have until the end of March to submit an application before the Trust closes for a year from 1 April 2022.
07/02/22 - Vodafone Charities Connected
Apply for free mobile connectivity to support your charity
07/02/22 - Green Match Fund
Green Match Fund
The Green Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities which are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission.
Each participating charity will be awarded a ring-fenced amount of match funding which will be used to match public donations – either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000.
The application deadline for the Green Match Fund is 11:59pm Friday 25th February.
For further information visit https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/green-match-fund
24/01/22 - Cervical Screening Awareness
Cervical Screening Awareness and Promotion Applications of up to £1000 are invited for projects/ideas that are able to raise awareness and increase promotion of cervical screening services in the Tendring area, including encouraging take up smear tests. Applications will be assessed with regard to proposed activity, the numbers you expect to reach through this activity and what the outcomes will be. If successful, funding will be awarded as appropriate and relevant. Target Groups 25-29 age group Women over 25 who have never had a smear test Women over 50 Low socio-economic groups Ethnic minority groups Women with Learning Disabilities Lesbian and Bi-sexual women,
For further information or application form email firstname.lastname@example.org
18/01/22 - The Essex Fund
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Essex Fund. This fund was established by Essex County Council to help support the work of local voluntary groups. The application form is our usual form and more information about the fund can be found via our website here. The deadline for applications is 17:00 Friday 4 March 2022.
Local charities and community groups in Essex (not including Southend and Thurrock) can apply for funding of between £500 to £7,500 towards their core operating costs, projects or capital items.
To meet the criteria of the fund, organisations should be able to demonstrate that they carry out at least one of the following:
- Support to carers
- Improvements to the environment or environmental projects
- Provide community resource and supports community at a local level
- Help and provide activities for young people (including projects that increase awareness and participation in arts, culture and heritage)
Priority will also be given to:
- Smaller organisations (for example those with a low annual income, say £100k or less).
- Organisations and projects supporting disadvantaged communities.
- Organisations that are led by the local community.
Please can we ask that you share this opportunity with your networks. More information about the Essex Fund and a link to our online application for can be found here. We are more than happy to speak to groups about their work before they apply. Please encourage them to call us directly on 01245 356018, or alternatively book a general time slot here.
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