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Culture and communities


Visit Explore Essex to find cultural events, activities, community engagement and funding opportunities.

Community funding

Climate Action Challenge Fund

Voluntary and community sector organisations, community groups and schools in Essex can apply for up to £20,000 of funding to deliver activities that respond to key climate challenges in Essex.

You can apply by completing our application form (DOCX, 238kB) and emailing it to climate.challengeprize@essex.gov.uk.

Our guidance notes (PDF, 167kB) explain more about the objectives of the fund and how to complete your application.

Funding is available until 31 March 2023 or until funds are fully allocated - whichever comes first.

The Essex Lottery

The Essex Lottery supports community projects across Essex. Charities, community groups and other good causes can sign up for free and raise funds through ticket sales. Residents can support their chosen good cause and win cash prizes by playing the Essex Lottery for just £1 a week.

The Community Initiative Fund

The Community Initiative Fund includes various community grant schemes funded by Essex County Council. You can find out more about the funds and how to apply from Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC).

You may also find information on funding from your local community or voluntary organisation below.

Covid-19 response fund

Voluntary organisations and community groups in Essex can apply for up to £50,000 of funding to help to respond to the pandemic.

You can apply by filling in our Voluntary and community sector Covid-19 response fund application (Word, 217KB) and sending it to comf.grants@essex.gov.uk.

You can find guidance on how to appy in our Covid-19 response fund guidance notes (PDF, 129KB).

Applications must be received by 30 June 2021.

In addition, Essex Community Foundation offers grants up to £20,000 to voluntary and community sector organisations and Essex Association of Local Councils offers small grants up to £5,000 for Covid-19 response work. The deadline for both schemes is 30 June 2021.

Voluntary and community organisations

Many of the local community and voluntary organisations provide support to residents of Essex. Find your local community or voluntary organisation.

The Essex Compact

The Essex Compact sets out the principles and rules for a fair and fruitful relationship between the voluntary and statutory sectors in Essex.

The Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant

Find out how the council supports armed forces and veterans with the Essex Armed Forces Community Covenant.

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