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.

Grant Application 23 – 24

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

Tendring Funding Surgery Wednesday 15th May 12 noon – 3pm

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. We can fund heritage projects from £10,000 up to £10million.

At – Imperial House 20-22 Rosemary Road Clacton on Sea CO15 1NZ
To book your place please email

If you would like to be added to our contact list for information about upcoming funding surgeries, please email

Further surgeries will be held on

8th August 24  10am – 12 noon
5th December 24  2pm -4pm


Funding News

Funding News Feb 24
Funding News Jan 24

Dates for your diary

Defra is working with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to scope the Community Green Spaces Fund with applications expected to open in early summer.

Extension to the Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund will be also managed by ACRE. Further detail and guidance on applications is expected to open in Summer 2024.


We also offer guidance and information to voluntary/community groups on:

  • Organisation health check
  • Constitutions
  • 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!

Funding Advice Charging Policy.

Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) (

This fund has both a business section and a community section.

Groups in Clacton and Holland are not eligible to apply for this funding.
Within the community grants programme, organisations can apply for between £1,000 and £20,000 for capital works to improve perceptions of their local area, increase use of existing facilities and support local community programmes. There is £100,000 available in total.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Various funds with closing dates between 5th May and 30th June 2024 for the following

– Projects enhancing the existing cultural, historic & heritage institutions offer – deadline 2nd June
– Measures to reduce the cost of living, improve energy efficiency & combat fuel poverty, deadline 2nd June
– Projects which stimulate the visitor economy – deadline 2nd June
– Town centre animation projects – deadline 16th June
– Skills projects including basic, life, and career skills, and financial support – deadline 30th June
– Projects to support employed people to address barriers to education/training – deadline 30th June
– Projects to support green skills courses within Tendring – deadline 30th June
– ‘Extend the Season’ Events Grants, for towns and villages, of up to £1,000 – No deadline, closes when funds have gone
– Sports & Leisure Widening Participation Grants of up to £1,000 – deadline 5th May
– NEW for 2024/25, Shopfront Improvement Grants, of up to £5,000 – No deadline, closes when funds have gone (E1). This grant will be opened      within the next few weeks, please check back for more details.

Each fund has a separate application form – all of which can be found here: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) (

Community Safety Initiatives Fund

Community Safety Initiatives Fund 

Grants from £500 up to £2,000 will be available, Groups will need to show that their projects will improve or promote public safety in their local community. Please check the criteria for full details. 

The application form, including full criteria and terms & conditions is via this MS Form –

Applications close at 11.45pm 12 May.

Information about the fund is available on the website –
Community Grants - Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

The PFCC has launched its 2023-4 Community Safety Development Fund. The Fund will offer grants of up to £20k to community and voluntary sector groups whose work contributes to the delivery of the Police & Crime Plan.

 We are committed to working with our local voluntary and community sector partners to deliver on the ambitions of the Police and Crime Plan to keep our communities safe.  Recognising the value of these groups, and the vital work they do for local communities, Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has reopened the Community Safety Development Fund. This £250,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects.

If you have a project which delivers against the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan please apply by Friday 1st March. 
Village Halls small grants fund - ACRE

Small grants made available to village halls in England

Defra funded grant scheme reopens for those managing rural community buildings, this time with a lower award threshold of £2,000 to support smaller projects and make it accessible to more groups.

In 2023, a £3 million village halls fund was launched to provide support for the modernisation and improvement of village halls in England. Managed by Action with Rural Communities in England (ACRE), the fund has already awarded over £1 million to rural communities, helping them undertake ambitious improvements to their building. Works undertaken or scheduled to take place include new roofs, insulation, extensions, and more energy efficient heating systems. Village halls small grants fund – ACRE
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
A grant making foundation giving grants to small and medium sized local organisations in the UK, with a demonstrable track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts
Small Grants – Single year grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
Projects must have a focus on Community Support
Major Grants – Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs. Organisations should have a focus on Family Support
Essex Multiply
Community grants will be awarded in support of Essex Multiply. Grants are available up to £10,000 per proposal. Multiply Community Grants are all about organisations supporting the Multiply programme by plugging their existing cohorts and outreach to new cohorts into the provision on offer. We are now able to accept community grant proposals from partners /organisations across the Community, Voluntary and Public Sectors to support the following:

· Provide community outreach for Multiply – to stimulate demand for learning amongst the most disadvantaged groups that skills providers currently find hard to reach

· Triage services to identify appropriate support and training for Essex residents

· Referrals to Multiply provision

· Provide ongoing support to the adults that you refer to Multiply provision

· Enable Multiply provision to be delivered from your premises, hosting these vital learning sessions for your cohorts via our Multiply providers

· Work with local Multiply providers to co-design and co-produce delivery of training

· Grants will be based on a minimum agreed number of 50 adults participating in Multiply.

· Additional creative offers of support will be gratefully received and welcomed

Please email for further details 

Cancer Community Partnership Fund
Cancer Community Partnership Fund 
The Cancer Community Partnership Fund has been made available by the Suffolk & NE Essex Integrated Care Board (SNEE ICB). The purpose of the fund is to support the achievement of an increase in the proportion of those diagnosed with early-stage cancer (Stage 1 & 2).  There is collectively £300,000 of funding available over two years across Suffolk & NE Essex (SNEE) – applications for one or two years’ funding will be considered. The way in which this is proposed to be achieved is through the following four indicators: • Increased uptake of National Screening Programmes • Improved awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer • Reduced health inequalities and improved access for Inclusion Health across SNEE as relating to earlier diagnosis• Personalised Care For further information, please email 
National Lottery Awards for All England
National Lottery Awards for All England
Social connections and community activities are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. That’s why we support amazing community-led projects. We offer funding from £300 to £20,000. And can support your project for up to two years.
You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.
We can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:
bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.
Application deadline Ongoing. Apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.
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.

Near Neighbours is holding four workshops in November where they will give an overview of the scheme and an opportunity for bidders to ask questions. These can be accessed HERE.
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:

Questions on the programme can also be emailed to  

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.


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

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: (subject: Screening Awareness Fund). 

This funding is provided by The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance and is administered though CVS Tendring  

19/08/22 - The Community Champions Local Authority Fund
The Community Champions Local Authority Fund
Applications within the range between £500 – £2500 are invited. The fund aims to support a range of interventions to build upon, increase or improve existing activities to work with residents who are most at risk of Covid-19 – helping to build trust and empower at-risk groups to protect themselves and their families. The broader aim is to reduce the impact of the virus on all communities beyond just the target areas that we will work with through this scheme.   
For full Criteria and Application form please go to:
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 
07/02/22 - Vodafone Charities Connected

Apply for free mobile connectivity to support your charity

If you’re a charity that needs support for digital inclusion programmes, you can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like – for example, to help stay in touch with service users, or deliver training to people in need.
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

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