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 News February 2022

Funding News March 2022

Funding News April 2022

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.

14/03/22 - New Community Challenge Fund

A £500,000 Community Challenge fund from Essex County Council is now available for new projects being set up by the community, for the community. 

Applications are encouraged from individuals, groups of people working together, such as parents or neighbours, as well as small un-constituted groups. £300 – £2,000 will be awarded for ideas that will help improve a local area, bring local communities together in new ways or develop opportunities that will bring together people that might not otherwise interact or get involved in community activity. 

 With a simple and quick application and decision process, bids are specifically invited from the seven areas in Essex that the Council have identified as priorities for levelling up: Clacton, Harwich, Basildon Estates, Colchester Estates, Harlow, Canvey Island, Rural Braintree.

Ideas considered might include training and equipment to share skills; printing for a local event or newsletter; hosting and promoting an online magazine for young people; setting up a local community seed exchange; providing taxi or licenced hire vehicles to bring isolated residents together or maybe setting up a clothes swap in the village hall.

 To view the form and make an application, please visit

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 
21/02/22 - Victorian Theatres - Small Repairs Fund
This round will award grants of up to £15,000 on a match funding basis and will:-
Provide capital funding towards discreet and vital repairs or conservation projects in listed theatres built between 1837 and 1910
Prioritise support for theatres where the programme of performing arts activity includes or will include a focus on encouraging social, economic and cultural diversity in the arts
Fund vital repair projects for which it is otherwise difficult to raise money
Recipients must be an active theatre, or those who can demonstrate that the project is vital to the reopening of the building, and owned by a charity or not-for-profit organisation.
1st Stage: Register of interest and Application
Please email stating the name of your theatre, location and organisation and including a brief paragraph (no more than 250 words) about your project.  The email should be headed: LISTED VICTORIAN THEATRES – SMALL REPAIRS FUND
Please note the register of interest period will close on 15 March 2022.  We encourage you to make an early application for this limited funding round.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) 

Has announced it will be closing applications to its August 2022 grant round to allow time for ongoing work and development at the Trust.

Applications will be accepted for the 28 March 2022 deadline, and will then reopen in December 2022, with the exact date as of yet unconfirmed.
The Trust offers several grant streams which focus on tackling the root causes of social and economic issues such as poverty, conflict and injustice.
Potential applicants should be aware that they must have an account with the Trust’s grant management system in order to apply. Groups who do not already have one must register for an account at least two weeks before the application deadline.
15/02/22 - Crime Prevention Fund

The deadline of the Crime Prevention Fund application has been extended to the 6th March

 This £200,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects that help to deliver effective approaches to prevent crime from happening in the first place, to reduce overall crime and to keep our communities safe. 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 can be found here:

Community Grants – Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (

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.


Mid Essex




North-East Essex



South Essex




Castle Point

West Essex



Epping Forest


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

Bereavement Support Grant Prospectus

Bereavement Grant FAQs

Bereavement Monthly Reporting

Bereavement Grant Agreement Template

Solution Focused Bereavement Support Funding Opportunity

14/02/22 - LGBT+ Equity Fund
LGBT+ Equity Fund 
£465,000 is available through small grants to LGBT+ groups and organisations who are community-led and whose primary focus is one of our 5 priority targeted areas: Trans and Non-Binary people; Those facing racial injustice; D/deaf and/or Disabled people; Older people; and Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans+ Women. Grants will be available for organisational running costs, projects and organisational / leadership development and can range from £100 – £25,000.This Fund is participative, meaning people with lived experiences of the broad thematic area/s your organisation is applying under will be making the decisions on what to fund. For more information go to
14/02/22 - Heritage Lottery Fund - Dynamic Collections
Heritage Lottery Fund  – Dynamic Collections 
This campaign will support collecting organisations by bringing together project funding through our open programmes, digital resources and knowledge sharing. It is designed to address long-term challenges in the sector, many of which have been made worse by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will also help organisations build on innovative ideas and trends developed over the past few years, particularly in digital engagement.
14/02/22 - Windrush Day Grant Scheme
Windrush Day Grant Scheme 
Grants are available for local authorities, charities and community groups in England to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the MV Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.
22 June marks National Windrush Day and projects must include an activity on this date. Events and activities can take place over a longer period, but all projects must be completed by 31 December 2022. Applications up to £25,000 Closing date 18th March 22
14/02/22 - Community Gardens Award

Community Gardens Award

In 2011 the National Garden Scheme set up an award scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, the much-loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010. Her column often celebrated community gardens and so the awards support gardening projects carried out within local communities all over England and Wales. Submissions for 2021-22 close on 28th February 2022. Applicants will be notified of the results in April 2022 and we expect that grants to successful projects will be available from then, on application.
07/02/22 - The Tudor Trust
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.

The Tudor Trust has announced that it is closing to new applications from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. Groups who have not applied previously may not apply during this period. However, it will consider applications for continuation funding from groups it is currently supporting.The Trust expects to reopen on 1 April 2023 when it will publish updated funding guidelines. The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March 2022.
For more information please go to
07/02/22 - Headlining Mental Health Programme
Headlining Mental Health Programme

Media Trust’s Headlining Mental Health programme is open to 20 mental health organisations and user-led groups that want to influence public perceptions and call for change through increased media coverage. The programme, which runs between March – June, will equip charities with the skills and networks to secure media coverage, meaningfully include the voices of people with mental health problems, and develop impactful campaigns to influence social and policy change. Deadline for application has been extended to 11 February 2022. Go to for more information about the programme and find out how to apply.

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.
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 

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

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.

18/01/22 - The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Fund

The £5 million pot is part of more than £22m of investment from the National Lottery in schemes across various sectors that’ll celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

We’ve launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities. Using money from the National Lottery, the fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to community organisations in support of new projects providing opportunities to become more physically active. 

The funds could be used for things such as facility hire and coaching costs, or even small capital improvements. 

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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