Grant / Funding Available
If you are looking for a grant for a community, voluntary or charity group project, below are contact details for some of the key organisations which provide funding. In addition, each month we provide an up to date list of grants made available from a wide variety of sources. You can access this here
If you need help writing a successful funding application, please see our help and advice section here

Rochford District Council
In addition to the organisations below, Rochford District Council offer Voluntary Sector Grants (VSGs)

This is a small grants scheme funded by the Council, to provide support for communities across the District. The process aligns outcomes with those local strategic priorities as detailed in the Council’s Business Plan and the Joint Rochford and Castle Point Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
For any further information on the VSG process please contact:

Kelly Redston
Strategic Partnership Officer – Housing & Community Services
Rochford District Council, Council Offices, South Street, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BW

Deadline: 15 May 2020

1. Communities
Awards For All (England) Funding for projects in England which aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need

Essex Community Foundation – General Grants The Foundation awards grants to voluntary or community groups and charitable organisations that are working for the benefit of people in Essex, Southend or Thurrock

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme provides grants for up to £2,000 for projects which bring benefit to the local community

Maureen’s Gift (Sanctuary Housing) – Grants up to £500 for projects that benefit residents across the Rochford District Council area email or call Chris Silvey 0800 131 3348 / 0300 123 3511.

National Lottery Community Fund – a variety of grants are available depending on the size of the project. Under £10k and over £10k

Essex Association of Local Councils – EALC have 2 types of grant to benefit communities. Small grants up to £500 to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing and larger Community Investment Funding to create, develop or enhance community assets.

2. Arts & Heritage
Arts Council England – Grants for arts activities that benefit people in England or that help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work. Supported aims of the programme include helping more people to take part in the arts and helping the development of artists, arts organisations and the creative economy.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Heritage Grants fund projects relating to the national, regional or local heritage of the UK which aim to conserve and enhance diverse heritage and/or encourage more people to be involved in their heritage.

3. Health and Disability
Comic Relief – Grants are available for projects based on the following themes -: Better Futures, Healthier Finances, Safer Lives and Fairer Society. Grants of over £10,000 are available.

Essex Association of Local Councils – 2 grant schemes available to benefit communities. Small grants up to £500 to reduce social isolation and wellbeing.

4. Young People
The Princes Trust
– Development Awards are cash grants of up to £500 to help young people get into education, training or employment.

BBC Children in Need – several schemes are available including the emergency essentials funding for young people facing extremely difficult circumstances.

5. Sports
Sport England – Small Grants Programme – The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects that seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.