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 August 2020

Funding Newsletter July (2) 2020


14/8/20 - Three days left to apply for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) which launched on 22 May, is funding projects and organisations that are supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.  To date they have received over 10,000 applications and have awarded almost £55 million (of the allocated £200 million) to over 2,300 organisations in England.

The deadline for applications is 17 August (at noon) which means you have just days left to submit your application. Click here for details on who can apply for what.

3/8/2020 - The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.
•    grants from £10,000 to £3million
•    for organisations in England only
•    funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021
Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. Please check on the website and guidance for further details.  We are accepting applications from Thursday 30 July until noon on 17 August 2020. We will aim to assess applications and make decisions by the end of September, for applications up to £1million. Applications for £1million or more will be reviewed by an independent board appointed by DCMS, with decisions taking slightly longer.


3/8/2020 - The Tendring Youth Strategy Group (YSG) – Youth Project Funding Opportunity

The Tendring YSG are looking to develop partnerships and projects for young people in the district. Priorities for 2019-22 focus on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, staying safe and future opportunities.

If you have innovative, relevant and well-planned project ideas that fit these requirements, we would like to discuss possibilities for supporting you to bring these to the young people in Tendring during 2020/21. Please contact Nikki Daniel from Essex Youth Service - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 30.

20/7/20 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards – core funding and free training for health charities

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000 plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.  Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.  To apply go to

Closing date for applications: 14 September 2020.


17/7/20 - Essex Local Delivery Pilot Micro-grant Programme

The LDP micro-grant programme is open access for local people who have a great idea to get their local community more active. The grants are between £50 – £2,500.

A key principle of the LDP is to put local people in the driving seat, recognising them as the most important assets in any community. We want to invest in local passionate people who want to use physical activity to make a positive difference in their neighbourhood, creating social movements that make a big difference to the lives of inactive people. We expect most activities will happen at a very local level on specific streets or estates, or within a specific community of interest such as mums with pre-school children or older people with dementia.

The application process is short and simple, and decisions are made quickly.


8/6/2020 - Earls Hall Farm Community Benefit Fund

Grants avaliable to support community initiatives:
The Earls Hall Farm Community Benefit Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), has grants available to support charitable projects benefiting the communities of St Osyth Ward, Bockings Elm Ward and Little Clacton.
Projects that have received support previously include:

  • Active for Life (Point Clear) received £750 to help subsidise the cost of weekly fitness classes for over 50's in St. Osyth
  • st St Osyth Scout Group received £3,500 towards the refurbishment of their Scout hut
  • Windmill Carpet Bowls Club received £2,409 to hire a hall and buy equipment for a new club for older people

There are also emergency grants available for voluntary and community organisations that are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and are supporting local residents.   To find out more information and to apply, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01245 356018. Alternatively, you can contact Fran Wright on 07783 717450 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We would welcome a conversation with you initially before you start an application.


4/6/2020 - Community Initiative Fund 2020 – NOW OPEN

Micro-grants of up to £500 are also available throughout the year and awarded once a month.

This fund excludes projects that deliver outside the administrative area of Essex County Council.

Please submit your pre application forms to Louise Gambardella at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

21/5/2020  National Lottery Community Fund

We’re delighted to confirm that the Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.  The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services

Full details in the NLCF press release.


20/4/2020 - Charity funding from the government £750m support package for UK charities

The government is currently drawing up plans for the design and delivery of the funding, including money delivered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Starting with a contribution of at least £20m to the National Emergencies Trust


20/4/2020 - Charity Excellence Framework Toolkit & Emergency Funders

This toolkit has been upgraded and is now downloadable as a pdf, together with the COVID19 funder list.
You can find out more from the Charity Excellence website

14/4/20 - £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus
Read more on their website


9/4/20  The National Lottery Community Fund are prioritising:
• Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19  
• Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19  
• Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 
If possible, please send detailsbefore 1 May to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or directly to your Funding Officer or Manager) so we can see how best to support you. We’ll review your request and will be in touch within 15 working days with an update. We’ll confirm whether we can support you as soon as possible. 
If you have received funding from us before, please let us know of any organisational changes we may not already be aware of, such as legal status, contact or bank details. Now is the time to tell us this information so we can get any payments out quickly to you.
Specifically, if your bank details have changed, follow the guidance on our website around emailing us bank statements. You must attach your bank statement as a PDF, JPEG or PNG file. Unfortunately, we can’t accept Word documents, but photos of your bank statements are absolutely fine.

Here is the bank statement guidance


Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

See the national Magic Little Grants Scheme here.

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


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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