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Community Iniatives Fund: Individuals, voluntary organisations and community groups with a vision to boost their local communities, deliver cultural initiatives and help make Essex a great place to live and work could gain much needed funding from Essex County Council’s ‘Community Initiatives Fund’ (CIF). The ‘new-look’ fund brings together a variety of Essex County Council funded community grant schemes under one roof for the first time. The £650,000 fund will be administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) over a two-year period. Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded for projects that benefit the wider community and demonstrate a real community need whilst micro-grants of up to £500 are available throughout the year to enable community projects at a grass roots level. Pre-application deadline 31st May.

Other Funding Sources

Essex County Council Cultural Funding Document: Essex County Council publishes a cultural funding document which provides details of several funding opportunities at local, regional and national levels.

Arts Council England invest in art and culture for a lasting return, looking for organsiations, artists, events initiatives and others to apply for funding to help achive our mission of great art and culture for everyone.


Heritage Lottery Fund The HLF uses money raised through the National Lottery, giving grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions HLF invests in every part of our diverse heritage.


The Big Lottery Fund invests millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Our money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment



The Essex Community Initiatives Fund is a small grants scheme funded by Essex County Council (exluding Southend and Thurrock) which is designed to fund community projects that:

  • Create, procure or develop new community assests
  • Enhance exisitng community assests
  • Enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community

The fund has been designed to be as flexible as and responsive as possible to the needs of the community. 

The Essex Community Foundation is an n independent charitable trust improving the quality of life of people in our community by investing and distributing funds on behalf of a wide range of donors.  Since 1996 our donors have invested over £20 million of charitable funding directly into Essex, Southend and Thurrock making it a great place to live, work, learn and grow.


The Education Endowment Foundation offer funding which “will raise the attainment of children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in schools in England”. It is open to not-for-profit organisations such as mainstream primary and secondary schools, charities, local authorities, academy chains, universities, social enterprises and community interest companies.