Advice & Funding information

Information on funding and grant givers is provided at CVST. As part of this service, voluntary and community groups can also 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.

Funding Newsletter August 2021
Funding Newsletter July 2021

Funding News October 2021

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!

Forthcoming Funding surgeries are

  • Virtual Funding Surgery Tuesday 22nd Feb 2.30pm with Sue Hawes from Grassroots Charity  
  • 1st February 9.30am Essex Community Foundation to book please email 


To book your place please email

Grants are available for smaller organisations in Tendring who are running micro-projects in local communities.

Groups can apply for funding between £500 and £2,500 from the Community Champions scheme. The fund is looking to support in particular community integration and confidence; support to use local amenities; overcoming digital exclusion; increased knowledge and take-up of support schemes; and building trust.

Applications must be made by 31 December 2021, and meet the criteria set out by the government. Funds will be released in early February.

Anyone looking to apply should contact Rebecca Morton at for information and an application form.

12/01/22 - The Women & Girls Match Fund
The Women & Girls Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland.
All public donations made to participating charities via during the week of the campaign (8 – 15 March 2022) will be matched by DCMS’ Tampon Tax Fund until each organisation’s ring-fenced match funding award of either £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000 is used up.
The application deadline has now been extended until 11:59pm Tuesday 18th January.

For more details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit

12/01/22 - 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. All public donations made to participating charities via during the week of the campaign (22 – 29 April 2022) will be matched up to a specific amount.
​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 on the Green Match Fund and how to apply, please visit

12/01/22 - People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities Funding Programme

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.


Projects need to:

·         Be designed and led by local people

·         Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)

·         Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country

·         Be either:

  • small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’, or
  • a community of interest – a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

More information and the online application can be found at:

06/01/22 - Arts Council England Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

The link to the application form can be found via the website here. The deadline for applications is 17:00 Monday 28 February 2022.

Made possible by the National Lottery, this £5 million programme will help to support voluntary and community groups and organisations in England who are striving to develop and create cultural activities as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

 Groups will be able to apply for funding from £750 – £10,000 with the aim of giving people throughout Essex the chance to experience its rich culture, whilst also celebrating this historic milestone for Her Majesty. Partnership working with an artist, creative or cultural organisation is strongly encouraged.

04/01/22 - Virtual Funding Surgery
Tuesday 11th Jan 2pm with Rodney Appleyard from Colchester Catalyst Charity, Rodney will give information on the funding currently available and how to apply. 
Email to book your place 
04/01/22 - Coastal Fountain Fund
​The purpose of the fund is to reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats by funding communities to purchase water drinking fountains and install them for use by the public in busy or environmentally important areas.  
Grants of up to £2,000 are available, per applicant, towards the cost of a fountain.
We welcome applications from all types of not-for-profit organisations who have identified a need and are well-placed to get the stakeholder involvement needed to make the project a success.  The closing date for applications is 13th February 2022

04/01/22 - Rise Fund
We are offering two-year grants of up to £40,000 to Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK which have been established for three years or more, and which have an average income of less than £100,000 per year.
The funding is for organisational development work relating to areas such as strategy, governance, leadership, alliances and partnerships, funding, demonstrating impact and systems and processes. This funding is available to specialist organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls, working across all FOUR OF ROSA’S AREAS OF WORK. These are leadership and representation, safety, health and wellbeing and economic justice.
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 31st January. Grants will be paid in July 2022 and will last for 2 years.
21/12/21 - Brook Small Grants Programme
Through our first ever Small Grants Programme, we will provide grants between £2,500 and £10,000 to registered charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million. Our grants must be used for projects working with young people up to the age of 25 in England and/or Wales.

Applications are open until midday on 10 January 2022.

The types of outcomes we are seeking to support include, but are not limited to:
Reducing the risk of suicide amongst young people
Supporting young people with eating disorders  
Supporting young people who self-harm
Providing opportunities for young people to participate in projects that improve mental wellbeing

Improving the confidence and knowledge of professionals and parents/carers to recognise young people’s needs and signpost to additional support

20/12/21 - Let's Create Jubilee Fund
This is a £5million programme that will support community and voluntary organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
The programme is made possible with funding from the National Lottery, whose players raise £30million for good causes every week.  UKCF will be managing the fund’s distribution on behalf of our community foundation members across England.
Applicants will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 and are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities. We want to ensure that The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations give people throughout England the chance to experience the best of the country’s culture, while also celebrating an important milestone in our national history.
Applications will open on Tuesday 4th January. All applications will need to be made through local community foundations 
20/12/21 - Dying Matters Community Grants Programme
The grants are aimed at community-led arts and culture projects, with a focus on equality and inclusion, and which approach the subject of dying in an innovative or creative way. We’re looking for activities which take place in communities, outside of formal healthcare settings, which help make it easier for people to talk about death and dying. We welcome applications from community arts and culture groups. Applicants will need to:
Demonstrate that they reach defined groups who are less likely to be reached by hospice care and the Dying Matters campaign (see FAQs for more information)
Demonstrate how a proposed project will approach the subject of death in an innovative and culturally relevant way through arts and culture.
Be a registered charity, a Charitable Incorporate Organisation (CIO) or Community Interest Company (CIC)
Commit to providing a statement of use of funds, relevant monitoring and evaluation feedback, and communications and campaigns collateral (photos, video, etc)
You can apply for: Small workshop grants up to £999, Project grants between £1,000 and £5,000
You can apply for the amount that you need for your project. Larger grants would enable larger scale community projects such as a theatre production, photography exhibition or community mural. Smaller grants would enable and encourage smaller organisations to apply to run smaller scale workshop activities, such as one-off workshops of poetry, singing or art.
Deadline for submissions on 21 February 2022. Y Notification of decisions will be made by end of March 2022.
13/12/21 - Crime Prevention Fund

The PFCC has opened his Crime Prevention Fund. This £200,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to deliver effective approaches to prevent crime.

Applications to the fund must demonstrate activity that prevent crime inline with one of the twelve Police and Crime Plan priorities. This can include projects that:

  • Recognise and welcome the increased diversity of Essex and support communities to work together and prevent crime by encouraging reporting, identifying problem areas and target prevention activity.
  • Provide extra support and early intervention for people with additional needs or who are at increased risk of becoming victims of crime
  • Collaborate with rural communities and partners to understand rural communities and their issues in order to prevent crime
  • Work to reduce the fear women feel in their communities and support projects that make public space free from abuse and harassment

More information – including the application form – can be found here:

Community Grants – Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (

09/12/21 - Tendring Restart COMF

Tendring Restart COMF is a £50,000 fund available to the wider voluntary sector to provide bespoke solutions to their beneficiaries.  Organisations are invited to apply for funding of up to £10,000, but the funding must be invoiced and paid prior to the 31st March 2022. 

Fund Purpose: 


  • To  enable the wider voluntary sector to provide bespoke solutions to their beneficiaries 

  • To enable Tendring organisations ‘to support people to selfisolate and to cope with isolation’ 

  • To improve engagement with diverse and disadvantaged communities and under-represented groups so they are better able to access non-medical support for their health and wellbeing 


Applications should demonstrate the following: 


  • How residents will be supported to help with their physical activity and wellbeing and help reduce anxiety 

  • How individuals social isolation will be reduced 

For further information and Funding application form please email 

Closing date 31 December 2021 

06/12/21 - Suicide Prevention Fund

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available a £4 million to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that work to prevent suicide. This includes supporting the sector’s ability to continue to meet increased demands or needs for their services as a result of COVID-19. 

  • service provision: to support suicide prevention VCSE organisations to meet the increased need or demand for suicide prevention services because of the pandemic
  • to support service provision particularly to people considered to be at a higher risk of suicide, through the work of the diverse range of suicide prevention VCSE organisations and enhancing service provision to high-risk groups

High-risk groups are defined in the latest progress report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. It highlights those who were already at a higher risk of suicide, as well as those that we are particularly concerned about in the context of the pandemic, which include: middle-aged men, children and young people, people in contact with mental health services, people who self-harm, people who are economically vulnerable, NHS and social care staff, people in contact with the criminal justice system, people who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, ethnic minorities

Applications are open to 16th January 2022 

Further information on the fund can be found at

15/11/21 - New Powering Up Programme
Powering Up is a programme for community businesses who need support shifting from an emergency mindset to investing in future planning. Our ambition is to support you as community business leaders, and your teams, as you embark on developing or growing your organisation. Powering Up supports community businesses in the key areas of digital growth, zero carbon and sustainability, and financial resilience, with a cross cutting theme of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The initial phase of the programme focuses on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business develop and grow. Other support areas will be included in the programme during 2022. The Powering Up programme will run for a total of four years with multiple rounds of funding.

The tailored support package for community businesses is worth up to £20,000 in total, and includes:

  • Paid access to support providers (up to £9,000) who are brokered in to meet the specific needs of your community businesses over a 12-month period.
  • Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000) such as leadership coaching, peer mentor, and mental health support. This support can be drawn down over the 12-month period of support.
  • An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support you as a community business leader, and your team, to engage in the required support of the programme. This could be to cover your time, back fill a post, purchase essential equipment, or cover other expenditure that enables growth of your community business.
Priority will be given to community businesses in the most deprived areas of England, as well as organisations that are led or predominantly working in communities with a high percentage of minoritised ethnicity.

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