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New Funding Opportunities

Details of new funding opportunities which may be of interest to you / to share across your networks:

Rochford District Council Voluntary Sector Grant Fund
Rochford District Council (RDC) is offering £10,000 of funding to support local voluntary and community organisations that operate in the Rochford District. Applications should demonstrate how they improve resident health and wellbeing and / or relate to community resilience as we come out of the pandemic. The application process is open until Thursday 8th April 2021.

For more details and to apply please visit the RDC website £10,000 of funding available to voluntary sector groups | Rochford District Council

Lockdown Support Fund – Re-Launch
The Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC), in collaboration with Essex County Council, has re-launched the Lockdown Support Fund.

Essex County Council are committed to continue supporting the communities most in need which have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. It follows on from our summer, half-term and Christmas funds and will extend our 2021 Lockdown Support fund to allow foodbanks, food pantries, community organisations, schools and voluntary groups to provide food support throughout the current lockdown.

This funding is for the provision of food for families with children and individuals from across Essex County Council local authority areas who are most in need and have adversely impacted by Covid-19.

Applications will be accepted for up to £3,000. Please ensure that the amount you request in your application reflects the local need, the number of hampers that you will be supplying and the families with children you will be supporting. You will need to tell us how many hampers / packages you expect to be able to provide with this funding. We do not expect to allocate more than £15 per hamper, apart from in exceptional circumstances. This funding will run from Tuesday 9th March 2021 and all funding must be spent by Friday 16th April 2021. We understand that you may need to provide support to a family on more than one occasion during this period but please make this clear in your application.  We request that at least 80% of your grant be spent on families with children.

More details can be found on the EALC website at If you have any further questions please call 07495 915 912.

Contain Outbreak Management Fund

Further funding that is available from EALC, in collaboration with Essex County Council, is a new grant called the “Contain Outbreak Management Fund.”

This special funding pool totals over £500,000 and individual grants of up to £5000 will be awarded per project. The Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF for short) is designed to support the costs associated with ongoing public health and the outbreak management costs of tackling Covid-19. The pandemic has continued to provide challenges to Essex communities and their statutory services. The emergence of new Covid-19 variants in late 2020, which transmit up to 70% faster than the original strain, means that in recent months Essex communities have seen some of the highest levels of infection in the country. This has led to increased demand on voluntary and community sector services and on health services. Throughout the pandemic local communities have stepped up to provide support which has ensured communities have stayed connected, been able to self-isolate as required and provided first line self-organised community support to those in need. Funding is therefore allocated from the COMF to provide the VCS with financial aid to respond to, and further contain, the spread of Covid-19.

The COMF opens on Monday 8th March and funds will continue to be allocated until Wednesday 30th June. To make an application, please complete and return the attached application form via email, sending it to If you have any questions then feel free to give her a ring on 07495 915 912.
To find out more about the fund and what criteria needs to be met please visit the EALC website:

 Emotional Wellbeing: New Opportunities Fund
This April will see the opening of a new fund to support initiatives focused on helping people whose emotional wellbeing has been affected by Covid-19. The £100,000 “Emotional Wellbeing: New Opportunities Fund” will open on 1st April for applications from individuals or groups who need help in kickstarting their ideas and small grants of £100 to £5,000 will be available.

For full details please follow this link £100,000 fund announced for new emotional wellbeing initiatives to support people affected by the pandemic – Essex County Council.  People can register their interest from Monday 15th March by emailing



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