We would like to say a big thank you to all our generous donors and to the organisations working in the county to improve local lives.
Local charities and voluntary groups continue to work hard for their communities and we are proud to support them. At our year end on 30 June, we had awarded 635 grants totalling £4.5 million.
This brings the total amount we have given out in Essex since 1996 to £46 million, and the value of the funds under our management now totals just over £48 million. Our endowment model, where the funds we manage are invested, means that the gifts we receive will continue to make a difference in communities now and forever.
If you would like to give locally, but are unsure where to start, read our Guide to Giving or contact Perry Norton on 01245 355947.
An update on our support for the sector
Voluntary and community organisations across Essex have navigated their way through the pandemic in different ways. We have supported them as much as possible, but what does the future look like?
Andy Payne Worpole, Head of Programmes, gives an update on the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme, the changing needs of the sector over the past 12 months and how organisations have adapted to support their local communities. Read more.
Funding programme launches for Braintree District
Voluntary and community organisations working in Braintree District are invited to apply for funding to support their work.
Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available to support smaller, grassroots groups.
Larger awards of up to £40,000 over three years, continue to be available.
You can apply to the Braintree District and Eastlight Community Fund here.
Helping to develop language skills
Upwards with Downs, based in Harlow, have been awarded £21,000 to provide one-on-one speech therapy sessions for children with Down Syndrome.
This will help children to build confidence and prevent frustration and anxiety about being misunderstood.
Click here to read about the challenges they face.
New report from UK Community Foundations
This new report from UK Community Foundations highlights the impact of grant-making across the community foundation network during the pandemic.
It also examines the practical steps that funders can take to make their grant-making more responsive, inclusive and accessible.
Read it here.
Bringing people together
Accuro (Care Services), which provides social and leisure opportunities for children, young people and adults with a disability in West Essex, had to suspend its face-to-face services during the pandemic.
The team made telephone support calls and moved many of their sessions online to keep clients connected with their friends.
Thanks to a recent ECF grant, they have been able to return to sessions in-person. Read more.