Grants Available for Local Charities

Press Release from Essex Community Foundation

“Health-related projects in mid Essex run by voluntary and community groups are being offered thousands of pounds in the latest round of grants from the Provide Foundation.

The aim of the ambitious and innovative grants programme, run by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), is to help people in mid Essex to have better access to community health services by supporting voluntary and community organisations working in Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon.

Applications are now being invited for grants of around £5,000, plus an allocation of £20,000 for a special project.

The money is being given by the Provide Foundation, which was established with ECF by Provide, (formerly Central Essex Community Services). Provide is a Community Interest Company responsible for a broad range of community health services in mid Essex, as a not for profit organisation Provide re-invests any of its surpluses back into the communities that it serves.

John Niland, chief executive of Provide said: “Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary and community organisations whose work complements our own.

“There are many community schemes and projects making great strides to improve the health and wellbeing of people in mid Essex and, through the grants from the Provide Foundation, we can help them continue and expand their work.”

Caroline Taylor, deputy chief executive of ECF said: “This is a great opportunity for local communities to receive funding for their health-related work.  Provide is an excellent organisation to work with, they are creative, innovative and their enthusiastic and well informed staff are fully involved in how to allocate the grants through ECF.”

Recent grants given by the Provide Foundation include £5,000 to St John Ambulance, to provide Essential First Aid for Infant and Child courses to parents and carers in Chelmsford and Maldon and £5,000 to the Maldon Pioneers Association, to help increase the independence of adults with learning disabilities, by offering a range of healthy living initiatives and social activities.

* ECF is now inviting applications from voluntary and community organisations that would like to receive funds from the Provide Foundation.

Grants of around £5,000 are available and the Provide Foundation will also award one grant of up to £20,000 each year for an exceptional project or piece of work which can prove how it will reduce the pressure on health services and complements the work of Provide.

Application details are on ECF’s website Decisions on the grant applications will be made in October of this year”.

Essex Community Foundation
121 New London Road

Tel:       01245 355947
Grants: 01245 356018

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