We give grants to a wide range of organisations across the Colchester and Tendring areas.

Below we give some examples of who have received grants in recent months:


Organisation Name/Location

Grant Purpose/Outcomes


Jaywick Sands Indoor Carpet Bowls Club

Towards hall hire which allows the club to play their matches and hold their meetings and social events which help to combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people.


St John’s & Highwoods Community Centre

Towards the cost of a christmas event outing which helps combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people.


Colchester United Pensioners Society

Towards the cost of a Christmas event outing which helps combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people.


The Windmill Green Club Tiptree

Towards the cost of a Christmas event outing which helps combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people.


Colchester Emergency Night Shelter

Towards redecoration costs at the shelter which provides emergency accomodation to homeless people and assists them in moving towards more permanent housing solutions






Organisation Name/Location

Grant Purpose/Outcomes


Dementia Support (Manningtree & District)

Towards start up costs for local Dementia Cafe which will provide a safe and secure environment for friendship, support and information sharing


Eastern Rhinos Primary Rugby League (Colchester)

Towards trophies and training apparatus for under 11s rugby club which promotes youngsters development socially and academically


St Margarets Church (Berechurch)

For new tables and chairs for weekly activities aimed at combating loneliness and isolation


Colchester Furniture Project (Colchester)

Towards running costs for provision of donated household goods and furniture to disadvantaged families and individuals


Signpost Resource Centre (Colchester & Tendring)

Towards running costs for provision of advice and resources to help disadvantaged individuals back to work


Circus Starr CIC (Colchester)

For 25 tickets to a local themed panto for underprivileged children and their families






Organisation Name/Location

Group Aims

Amount & Purpose

The Invicta Foundation Colchester

Supporting and improving the welfare of individuals and forces families affected by military service in the UK.

£150 towards food for the 2017 Veterans Lunch, celebrating those who have served.

MS-UK NE Essex

Helping people with Multiple Sclerosis to live as independently as possible, providing a wellness centre, help-line and information.

£250 towards summer social BBQ, decreasing isolation amongst the wider MS community





Organisation Name/Location



8th Colchester Scout Group


Towards running expenses-specifically storage costs for camping equipment


34th Colchester Scout Group Shrub


Towards external timber cladding on 70 year old scout hut


JUST Special (Colchester)

Start up costs including insurance and leaflets


Tolleshunt Knights Autumn Leaves Club

£250 towards outing and meal


The Friends of Colchester Volunteer Police Cadets

Towards outdoor educational trip


Clacton VCH Group

Towards a project focusing on the heritage of the Home Guard during WWII


4th Dovercourt Sea Scout Group

Towards trailer and keel rollers


Colchester Gateway Clubs (Clacton)

Towards a monthly music club for Clacton members


Brightlingsea Community Association

Towards roof repairs


Grant Awards December 2016

Organisation Name/Location

Grant Purpose


1st Lawford Senior Section

Hall rental for fortnightly meetings to secure the first year’s meetings while the group develops. The regular meeting place will provide a safe and suitable environment for the provision of educational and skill-building activities


Holland Shore Amateur Boxing Club

Towards providing suitable equipment such as gloves and headgear for boxing activities teaching self reliance and respect for others


Little Clacton Carpet Bowls Club

Towards a new set of carpet bowls for this club which caters for older people most of whom are over 75 and live alone. The club’s twice weekly meetings provide social contact and help combat loneliness


North Essex Lymphoedema Group

Towards a Christmas meal and speakers fees for monthly social and information meetings which help combat loneliness, restore confidence and create friendships


Harwich & District Community Asso­ciation

Towards replacement windows at a very well used community facility which provides activities and social cohesion


4 Youth Brightlingsea

Towards children’s activities aimed at building social skills, self confidence and learning to respect one another.


The Ark Centre Harwich

Towards transport costs for families in need allowing them to access a varied programme of family support services in Harwich


Tendring Eldercare

Towards venue hire for 8 fund-raising events to raise much needed additional funds to help replace lost grant funding which provides respite and independent living support to disadvantaged and vulnerable older people


MS UK (Colchester)

Towards a Christmas meal for the member-led social club helping to combat isolation, build self confidence and make friends



Congratulations to those listed above in their successful bids for grant funding in September 2016.


The Rt. Hon. Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex with some of the grant recipients at the Grassroots Annual Meeting, June 2016

Organisation Name/Location Grant Purpose Amount
African Families in the UK Colchester & Tendring Towards youth co-ordinator costs   £480
Dynamite Drama Company West Mersea Towards hall rental   £230
Great Bentley Good Neighbours Towards annual booklet costs and insurance for volunteer drivers   £500
Plough Corner Art Club Clacton Towards hall hire   £340
Little Clacton Village Hall Towards repairs to children’s play equipment   £500
Jaywick Community Resource Centre Start up costs and outing for Knit and Natter group   £450
Orchard Baptist Church Berechurch Family Fun Day   £600
Colchester Furniture Project Towards running costs   £500
Cruse Bereavement Care Essex Towards a new computer   £400
Disability4Sport For football pitch hire   £492
KYDS Youth Drama Society Tiptree Towards venue hire   £500
Colchester Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre Towards running costs – telephone and internet charges   £300
The Warm & Toasty Club Colchester & Tendring For an insurance policy   £215
DNA Networks Colchester Towards set up costs of social enterprise to help unemployed   £500
Colchester Arts Centre Towards British Sign Language interpretation for public performances   £320
Jaywick Community Forum For hire of mini buses for outing for primary school children   £300
Home-Start Colchester (Colchester and Tendring) For essential child and baby products for families in need   £500
 Total  £7127

Organisation Name/Location Group Aims Grant Purpose Amount
The Leisure Hour Club Social club for older people providing activities and outings to combat loneliness and isolation Towards hall rental £500
Tolleshunt Knights Autumn Leaves Club (Tiptree) Social club for older people providing activities and outings to combat loneliness and isolation Towards Christmas outing for members £350
Windmill Green Club (Tiptree) Social club for older people providing activities and outings to combat loneliness and isolation Towards Christmas outing for members £270
Lads Need Dads Clacton Provides male-led group mentoring and bush-craft survival training for 16 boys aged 11-15 who have been identified as at risk of exclusion, offending, under-achieving or dropping out of school Towards general running costs £450
Engaines Bowls Club (Tendring) a weekly bowls club for older people providing fitness activity to combat against isolation and loneliness To repair carpet roller £250
African Families in the UK (Colchester & Tendring) A community interest company supporting african migrant families Towards IT and printer costs £492
Colchester Villa Youth Football Club Youth football club To purchase samba football goals and mini football goals £508
Colchester Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre Offering clients a safe, affordable place to be heard where they won’t be judged. Professional liability insurance policy £313
The Warm and Toastie Club A community project providing social history afternoons to people in residential care to combat loneliness, isolation and depression Purchase of small projector and screen £500
Market Field School A school for children with Special Educational Needs aged 5 to 16 years. Purchase of trim trail equipment £491
Colchester Gateway Club (Colchester & Tendring) Social club for adults with learning disabilities Purchase of food for weekly cookery classes at Clacton £500
Beacon House Colchester Day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people Towards additional shelter facilities for winter months £1,000
Birch Hall Adventures An outdoor education centre providing education and adventure to local schools and groups including those with special needs Towards new climbing wall project £480
Total £6,104.00

Grant Beneficiaries May 2015

Grant Beneficiaries May 2015


Organisation Name/Location Group Aims Grant Purpose Amount
All Saints C of E (VA) Primary School Primary School Towards the purchase of Christian books for school assemblies  £255.33
Two Village Church of England VC Primary School  Primary School Toward the purchase of Christian books for use by all year groups  £255.33
Great & Little Horkesley Friendship Club A friendship group for senior citizens in Gt & Lt Horkesley meeting monthly and taking monthly outings in the summer months, aiming to provide a social activities in a rural area.  Hall hire and transport  £200
Monkwick Residents’ Association To build the community spirit after  and enthuse residents to look the area and to engage with various agencies for the benefit of the area  Community Fun Day  £400
Active for Life (Point Clear) Providing activities for over 50’s, including circuit training, table tennis, short mat bowls, darts and outings Towards costs of qualified trainers  £500
Mayday Self Help Groups Clacton Providing a programme of activities for people experiencing depression/anxiety/ other mental health issues Towards room hire for three months  £483
 Maze Cares Harwich Empowering parents to cope with life with a child with additional needs Towards set up and running costs of new Harwich based group  £500
North Essex Lymphoedema Support Group To support cancer survivors living with lymphoedema Towards social activities or members £250
Orchard Baptist Church To provide activities which families on a tight budget can enjoy together. Towards free community fun day £660
Colchester Furniture Project To help disadvantaged and vulnerable people with donations of furniture and household equipment.  Towards running costs  £500
The Invicta Foundation NE Essex To support families of lost, wounded and sick armed forces personnel through  advice bureau and support groups Towards costs of volunteer training to enable support group volunteers to  recognise symptoms of mental health conditions  £480
Colchester Carers Centre Providing respite for Young Carers and support to families as and when needed Towards the costs of a trip to Mercury Theatre  £250
Crossroads Care Tendring & Colchester Ltd A registered charity caring for carers through weekly home visits, provision of a Day centre and Young Carers support. Christmas meal outing for day centre clients.  £400
Colchester Arts Centre A charity dedicated to promoting and producing arts events aiming to reach a diverse cross section of the community To provide for 200 children with disabilities (4BSL performances, 4 relaxed performances, 4 audio described performances  £500
Community Organisation for Problem Eating A community based counselling and support service for sufferers (and carers) of eating disorders  To assist with running costs following enforced office relocation  £500
Click Dovercourt A community based informal learning group teaching computer skills for over 50s Towards new laptop and printer  £400

Tendring Stroke Services

A previous beneficiary Tendring Stroke Services


Clacton Area Crime Prevention Panel

1st Holland Scouts

Fresh Beginnings, Colchester
Jaywick & Tudor Residents’Association WoWFactor, Colchester Orchard Baptist Church, Colchester & AGM
Colchester Carer’s Centre The Invicta Foundation, Colchester Colchester Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre
Action for Family Carers, Colchester\Tiptree & Essex Colchester Arts Centre Essex Blind Charity
Tendring Eldercare Mistley Kids Club, Tendring Deafblind UK, Colchester & Clacton
Dynamite Drama Co. W. Mersea Thorpe Players The Evergrees, Colchester
Colchester Prosthetic User Group Tendring Specialist Stoke Services Colchester Gateway Club
3rd Clacton (Jaywick) Scout Group Colchester Furniture Project Hazelmere School – Pioneer
New Cooker at Berechurch Open Doors Holland on Sea Young Carers London Eye Trip