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

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:

  • Wednesday 8 September 2pm – Jess Leonard – The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Wednesday 29 September 2pm – Cheryl Double – Essex Local Delivery Pilot

To book your place please email

02/09/21 - Community Fridge Funding

Community Fridges:

  • Reduce food waste and its environmental impact
  • Help to reduce social isolation and provide a welcoming space for all
  • Increase access to nutritious food such as fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Increase access to food and growing skills and circular economy initiatives

Below are more details about the grant, who can apply and how to apply.

Free support and funding to start a Community Fridge!

Are you a Community Group or not-for-profit interested in reducing food waste?

In partnership with Co-op, Environmental Charity Hubbub is looking to support 100 community organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge. Community fridges are registered places where surplus food is shared within a local community – by businesses and individuals. They are welcoming, social spaces that are open to all.

Until the 20th Sept we’re offering groups £4,000 funding to cover start-up and running costs, plus free membership to the Community Fridge Network, along with full support, information and guidance on how to get your project started.

To find out more and apply, check out our webpage.


02/09/21 - Covid-19 Response Small Grants

Adult Grassroots Clubs & Activities Fund

This grant is designed to support small, local, not-for-profit voluntary groups and clubs for adults. The grant can cover Covid19 associated costs with the reopening of these groups and clubs for up to £5000. The application window opened on Monday 3rd August 2021 and will remain open until all funds are allocated. All funds will be awarded for re-opening as and when the club has been risk-assessed, and it is safe to open.


02/09/21 - Nationwide Building Society Mutual Respect Grant

Does your grassroots club need a new kit, or maybe your clubhouse needs some repairs?

Tell us why Mutual Respect in football is important to you and you could receive one of our Mutual Respect Grants.

Thanks to the fantastic response from people across the UK signing their support for our respect partnerships, we’re donating £50,000 to our Mutual Respect Grants fund to help grassroot football teams across the UK continue to build mutual respect on and off the pitch.

If you and your club are passionate about building mutual respect within grassroots football, then why not see if you qualify to apply for one of our grants.

For further information and application form go to

01/09/21 - North East Essex Hyperlocal Fund

The purpose of the 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

We anticipate that individual awards will range between £1,000-10,000. Projects exceeding £10,000 can be considered, however, we request that any applicants seeking this level of funding contact CVST prior to submission.

All projects must also offer a solution that reflects the Live Well campaign. The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance has adopted the campaign and its six key themes:

  • Start Well – Giving children the best start in life
  • Feel Well – Supporting mental wellbeing
  • Be Well – Empowering adults to be active and make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Age Well – Supporting people to live safely & independently as they grow older
  • Stay Well – Supporting adults with health or care concerns to access support and maintain healthy, productive and fulfilling lives
  • Die Well – Giving individuals nearing end of life choice around their care

For application form or further information please email or call 01255 425692.

31/08/21 - Cervical Screening Awareness and Promotion - Open to applications

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

31/08/21 - CCG 'COMF' Community Outbreak Management Fund' small grants programme

Funding is available to enable the wider voluntary sector to provide bespoke solutions to their beneficiaries.

Organisations can apply for funding ‘to support people to self isolate and cope with isolation’ and

  • Improve engagement with diverse and disadvantaged communities and under-represented group so they are better able to access non-medical support for their health and wellbeing
  • Residents supported to help with their physical activity and wellbeing and help reduce anxiety

All funds to be spent by 31 March 2022 – For further information please email

02/08/21 - Raising Confidence Digital Help Desk with the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Raising Confidence Digital Help Desk is a free support service, by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, for heritage organisations just getting started with digital.

The Help Desk’s expert team have experience of a wide range of digital projects.

They can provide support on a one to one or small group basis, covering the following topics:

  • Getting started with digital
  • Fundraising
  • Communications and marketing
  • Creating and running a website
  • Biodiversity and heritage monitoring
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Organising digital collections
  • Ticketing and visitor experience
  • Working online

The Help Desk is open for enquiries from 26 July to 9 August 2021. The team will aim to reply within five working days. Where tailored support isn’t possible, the team will sign-post enquirers to wider resources. To access the support, please use the link here: Raising Confidence Digital Help Desk

06/08/21 - Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid for up to £1,500.

Projects are voted on by Tesco customers in stores across the UK, with projects changing every three months.

They are currently looking for applications from charities and community groups who deliver projects that help to tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks.

If you fit the bill or know a local group who does, then please visit the Tesco Community Grants website for further details.

02/8/21 - Digital Skills for Heritage Tranche 8: Digital Volunteering funding with the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Funding is available for heritage organisations and partnerships to create and support new digital volunteering opportunities and roles.

Roles should focus on:

  • Digital activities (building a website, creating a database, creating an online service offer, ensuring online content is accessible)
  • Activities that can be carried out at distance (recording a promotional video, logging data, delivering an educational talk online, uploading images)
  • Or both of these

Total available funding under this tranche is £1million across all grants. Grants from £10,000 to £100,000 are available for each project. The expected project duration is 12 months, with possible extension to 18 months.

For more information, please click here.

12/7/21 - Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Emergency Resource Support

Part of the rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Are you an organisation or business that owns, works with or manages heritage based in England?
  • Is your organisation at imminent risk of failure due to COVID-19?
  • Would this be your first Culture Recovery Fund grant?
  • Do you require a grant between £10,000 and £1million?

If you answered yes to these questions, then Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Emergency Resource Support is for you. Go to the following link for further details.

09/7/21 - New grants available for event organisers in Tendring

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to encourage events to be held in Tendring and support local traders and performers.

Tendring District Council (TDC) is making a total pot of £35,000 available to seed fund events, as part of its Back to Business plan.

Businesses can apply for a grant of either £500 or £1,000 towards events held in town or village centres, or seafronts close to them, which use local traders or performers.

Event organisers must supply cost plans and risk assessments as part of their application, as well as meeting the local criteria, and events are to be held within three months of getting a grant.

To apply to the fund please visit here.

09/7/21 - 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards & new GSK Grow programme: funding opportunities for health charities

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500.

Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The new GSK Grow programme supports charities with total annual income between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200.

18/6/21 - Armed Forces Covenant Fund

This programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.

This year, we’ll support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities. Or we’ll make small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities, but which are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Closing dates 2nd August and 19th November 2021

For full criteria and application guidelines go to

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme

11/6/21 - Community Initiatives Fund

The Community Initiatives Fund is designed to help individuals, groups and voluntary organisations boost their local community.

Grants of up to £10,000 towards capital or revenue projects that benefit the wider community.

Micro-grants of up to £500 to help support grassroots groups, reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing and help communities better connect. Town & Parish Councils, community groups, social enterprises and individuals in the ECC area are all invited to apply.

For further information on how to apply please click here

Pre application checklist to be received by Saturday 14th August.

11/6/21 - Community Ownership Fund should be launching in June 21

From summer 2021 community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched-funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses.

The Community Ownership Fund will help ensure that important parts of the social fabric, such as pubs, sports clubs, theatres and post office buildings, can continue to play a central role in towns and villages across the UK.

10/6/21 - Funding Surgery - Wednesday 8th September, 2pm

With Karen Tedder-Ward, CVST and Jess Leonard from The National Lottery Community Fund

Are you looking for funding, would you like information or do you have any questions on what funds are currently available, do you have a project that you are looking to develop? Then come along to the surgery to find out more.

Email for joining details.

07/6/21 - Free webinars for small charities

We are proud to be supporting the Small Charity Week. Did you know there are plenty of free webinars available to all small charities during the week?

Click here to find out more.

07/6/21 - Ansvar Community Campaign 2021

Ansvar are giving away £25,000 in their recently launched Community Campaign. First prize is £15,000 with £5,000 going to the two runners up. They are asking for 500 words or less about projects which will really benefit communities.

Any charity registered in the UK can enter by email to Full details can be found here.

07/6/21 - Together Fund

Virgin Media O2 has launched the new £500,000 ‘Together Fund’ with the aim of ‘supercharging’ local charities across the UK as the nation emerges from lockdown.

The Together Fund forms part of Virgin Media O2’s support for the Together coalition which aims to bring people together to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.

Grants of £1,000 will support project and initiatives that aim to either:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation and promote a sense of community belonging, or
  • Inspire positive action to enhance and protect nature and the local environment
07/6/21 - Funding for UK Art Galleries and Museums to Reimagine their Offeringher Fund

To support arts organisations as they reimagine their activities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help organisations build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the arts sector.

The following levels of funding are available: Small grants of £5,000 to £15,000, Large grants of £15,000 to £50,000. It is expected that projects will generally be completed within two years.

Applications will be accepted from formally constituted, not-for-profit organisations based in the United Kingdom including museums, galleries, libraries, and arts-focused archives and charities.

The first deadline for applications is 5 July 2021. Two further application rounds will be held in August and October.

Please click here to apply.

04/6/21 - Magic Little Grants

Localgiving is working with People’s Postcode Lottery, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for 2000 grants of £500. The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2021, so if you run a project which meets any of the below 8 funding themes please apply:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new or existing projects. For example, this could include anything from; supporting homeless individuals to find safe accommodation to organising virtual art sessions in your community, or from purchasing sports equipment to running diversity classes. The sooner you send in your application the better as given the nature of the rounds, these grants are distributed on a first come, first served basis!

More information can be found here.

01/6/21 - Ripple Effect Fund

Grants are available to non-profit organisations and individuals in the UK to help underrepresented documentary storytellers increase the reach of their work and foster closer community connections.

The Ripple Effect initiative seeks to support innovative and essential documentary-focused community activities across the UK. Its goal is to expand BFI Doc Society’s outreach and support programme by identifying, fostering and supporting the work of independent groups, individuals and organisations who are building communities and opportunities for documentary locally or have a great plan in mind to do so.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available, covering up to 100% of project costs. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2022.

For more information click here.

01/6/21 - Garfield Weston Foundation (Accepting Applications Again)

Grants for UK registered charities to support a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.

After closing its capital funding streams last year to focus on revenue grants during the Covid-19 crisis, Garfield Weston Foundation is now open to applications across all its grants programmes: capital, core costs and projects.

Regular grants of up to £100,000 can be used for:

  • Capital costs
  • Revenue/unrestricted core costs
  • Project costs.

Click here for more information.

24/5/21 - Nationwide Community Grants

Shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the most vulnerable people in our communities, many end up in unsuitable, unsafe or unaffordable accommodation. It’s a topic close to our heart.

In fact helping people into homes is central to how and why we began 140 years ago, and it’s the reason we launched our Community Grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000. Applications are shortlisted and then our regional Community Boards, made up of our members and colleagues, come together to award the grants.

Please click here for more information.

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