Essex Community Foundation

Before applying please read our guidelines via the link below.

Application guidelines


At the heart of ECF is our grantmaking. We are passionate about supporting communities in Essex to take action and improve the lives of local people. Since 1996 we have distributed over £30 million in grant funding to support the activities of the estimated 10,000 voluntary and community organisations working across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

Grants are awarded from the 133 funds we manage and range from £250 to £10,000 to support everything from specific projects to everyday running costs.

ECF also awards larger grants to support developmental work and multi-year projects and we are always happy to work with our fundholders to achieve their charitable objectives.

Through our grantmaking we have built up a wealth of knowledge, supported by both research and independent evaluations, which helps us to continually understand the voluntary sector.

Applying for a grant with ECF is straightforward and you can make an application to us at any time. However, some of our funds do invite applications at particular times of the year and to find out more about these click here.