Community Challenge Fund launches

Posted on: April 4, 2022

The Essex County Council are inviting individuals and small community groups from target areas of Essex to bid for money from our new Community Challenge Fund.

ECC have launched a new £500,000 fund to help people improve their local area. Residents know their communities best and have great ideas for what they need. We want to help them bring those ideas to life and make the most of what their area has to offer.

Bids to the fund can be made now with grants of between £300 and £2,000 will be available. It covers Tendring, Basildon, Colchester, Canvey Island, Harlow and rural Braintree. These are the six areas of priority identified in our Levelling Up strategy.

Perhaps you have been sitting on an idea for a while of how you can enhance your community and it has just lacked the necessary funding to get it started. If so, then this fund is for you.

Examples of how the fund could be used are:
• training and equipment to share skills and create training opportunities,
• printing for a local event or newsletter,
• hosting and promoting an online magazine for young people,
• setting up a local community seed exchange,
• providing taxi or licensed hire vehicles to bring isolated residents together,
• setting up a clothes swap in a community hall.

The fund is simple to apply for, so don’t worry if you have never applied for funding from a Council before.

Residents can find out more or apply for funding online.

Find out more about our Levelling Up plans for Essex.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

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