Advice and information on funding is provided at CVST. 

We can offer advice, guidance and information to voluntary/community groups on:

  • Constitutions
  • Charitable status 
  • Policies & practices 
  • Quality standards
  • Identifying funding opportunities 
  • Advice on completing application forms

As part of this service, voluntary and community groups can also access a regular funding news sheet and attend ‘Meet the Funder’ events, which are held to give organisations the ideal opportunity to speak directly to funders about their projects/ideas in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Funding Newsletter 27 March 2020


Funding Newsletter March 2020


Essex Community Foundation (ECF), a leading and independent supporter of local charities and voluntary groups, has launched a funding programme to help organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.
The purpose of the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running.  You can find out more and apply here
ECF, together with community foundations across the UK, will also be distributing funds raised by the National Emergencies Trust.
Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We understand the significant impact that the coronavirus is having.  It is vital that we make funds available quickly for local charities and voluntary organisations that are in urgent need.  This may be to adapt their services to support people who are vulnerable or at risk and cannot leave their homes, or for essential costs, such as staff salaries and rent, if they have temporarily had to close their doors.
“The challenges faced by the sector include a rising demand for services, a reduced workforce, with staff and volunteers in self-isolation, and the loss of income due to the cancellation of fundraising events and activities.
“We already have £300,000 available for emergency grants.  Many of our existing supporters have been wonderfully generous in making additional donations or have agreed to waive the specific criteria of their funds so that we can give as much support as possible at this time.”
Grants are available now to support organisations, with priority given to those delivering vital services to older and vulnerable people, organisations helping to relieve pressure on public services and those co-ordinating a local community response.



Tendring open4community - Online funding portal which enables local voluntary and community groups to search for funding. (Provided through the Tendring District Council website)




Follow Essex Community Foundation on Twitter @Essex_CF and Facebook @EssexFoundation to keep up-to-date with their latest funding opportunities. The independent grantmaking trust distributes £3 million annually to support community and voluntary organisations in Essex. They award grants to a wide range of issues across the County and accept applications for specific projects and core costs; including staff salaries and rent.



Tendring Compact

The Tendring Compact is an agreement on relations between the Statutory and Voluntary sectors. Organisations are encouraged top sign up and to nominate a Compact Champion for their organisation.   See the Local Compact page for more information.





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