Fundraising

Centre Supporting Voluntary Action is able to offer charities and community groups within the Chelmsford District help with your fundraising.

Whether your voluntary organisation needs just a few hundred pounds or thousands of pounds, this is the best place to start. Raising funds is a very daunting task with approximately only one in ten funding applications being successful! We don’t give out money or write the application for you, but we can give free access to tools, skills, tips and techniques that you can use to significantly improve your chances of fundraising success.

Funding & Development Support is provided by our Charity Engagement Manager, Peter. Call us on 01245 351888 to organise meeting him.

Funding help sheets are available to download here. We also have a number of publications in our library that you can borrow, and we feature funding opportunities in our quarterly newsletter, here on our website, and in our weekly e-bulletin to CVS members. If you are struggling to achieve success with your funding applications please do call us on 01245 351888.

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. They list hundreds of funding and finance opportunities. Click here to view their website.

We can offer free online access to over 4,000 trusts and foundations. If you would like to book an appointment to access this software please contact us on 01245 351888.

For the past five years the Centre has been funded by Big Lottery to offer intensive one-to-one fundraising support which has directly facilitated local groups to raise in excess of £1.5 million of external funding. This funding has now ended but you can read more about the successes of the project here.

External Funding Opportunities

We issue a quarterly bulletin of funding opportunities and information. We can also carry out research of grant funding opportunities on your behalf. Those opportunities that have deadlines deadlines too tight to be included in our quarterly bulletin to members we list below. Please note that Chelmsford CVS is not a fund provider.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

5th June 2020

Independent Age Grants Fund (UK) Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people, has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus. The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round, Independent Age … Read More

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Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties

Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties

20th March 2020

Funding for Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities or Learning Difficulties is available. The Boshier-Honton Foundation aim to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by making grants to organisations providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs. The Trustees are experienced in … Read More

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Funding for Environmental Projects

Funding for Environmental Projects

20th March 2020

The Trust provides funding of between up to £5,000 to support environmental and conservationist projects. The Trust supports projects that cover the following areas: Renewable Energy / Nature Conservation / Sustainable Communities / Recycling and Repair / Science and Education / Community Energy ‘start up’. Click here for more information.

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Funding from Tesco

Funding from Tesco

16th March 2020

Community groups can now apply for funding of up to £2000. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. The winning project will receive up to £2,000, second receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500. Click here for … Read More

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Love Essex Fund

Love Essex Fund

18th February 2020

Love Essex is an umbrella brand that acts on behalf of the Essex Waste Partnership and The Cleaner Essex Group to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their rubbish as best as possible. We want to help make Essex a great place to grow, live and work by securing sustainable development and protecting the … Read More

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Community Safety Development Fund (Essex)

Community Safety Development Fund (Essex)

10th December 2019

The Community Safety Development Fund for 2019/20 offered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex aims to ensure that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which success and well-being for all are built. The Fund offers grants of up to £20,000 from a total pot of £300,000 to community projects that … Read More

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Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

18th November 2019

Grants of between £10,000 to £50,000 are available from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme to support projects tackling housing issues. For more information about the grant, click here.

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Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

Grants to Tackle Housing Issues

26th October 2019

Grants of between £10,000 to £50,000 are available from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme to support projects tackling housing issues. Essex Community Foundation will be holding two Phone-In Funding Surgeries to speak with potential applicants on: – Tuesday 29 October from 2pm to 4pm – Friday 1 November from 10am to 12pm To take part, please call … Read More

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Community Funding Scheme

Community Funding Scheme

25th October 2019

Chelmsford City Council has been undertaking a review of its grant giving processes, the result has been the creation of the Community Funding Scheme. The Scheme combines the discretionary funding previously granted under the Corporate Aid Scheme with the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Neighbourhood Fund. Please read the guidelines on the website. The new fund … Read More

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Since 2013, staff have been actively showcasing local voluntary and community action to local businesses. There are over 11,500 in Chelmsford and we want as many as possible to know about the work that local charities do and suggest ways that they can help with time, skills, resources and money too (if they are willing!).

We have taken up the licence to join the 4 Good family, and have launched Chelmsford 4 Good. The initiative won’t take away any great relationships that you may have already built with companies, but seeks to show others what can be done in small ways to give back to communities.

Any business can give; it’s just a matter of finding something that’s easy to broker. Chelmsford 4 Good is also a tried and tested way that smaller charities can operate an online ‘shop’ and claim gift aid.

To find out more information visit the Chelmsford 4 Good Website.