In many communities, needs are often hidden from view. There are hundreds of voluntary and community groups delivering social welfare services to the residents of North East Essex.

Since the Trust was established in 1989, we have raised over £750,000 and made more than 900 awards to community and voluntary organisations based in Colchester and Tendring.

We hold two grant rounds per year in the Trust’s general grant programme. The closing date for applications is 30th April and 31st October annually.

The Trust does not provide large grants because our aim is to help as many organisations as possible. Priority is given to smaller less well-known groups who may not otherwise find the funds they need. Average grants are between £300-£500.

Refer to Who We Help to see whether your organisation can apply for grant assistance. See the section on Applying for a Grant to download an application form and guidelines.

From time to time the Trust also administers grants on behalf of other organisations.

Who We Help

The Trust’s aim is to help as many organisations as possible and therefore average grants are between £300-£500.

The following are eligible to apply for grant funding:

Voluntary organisations and community groups that are addressing outstanding social needs in the areas of Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council.

Support will be provided to voluntary organisations or groups, but not individuals. Funds must be spent within the areas of Colchester Borough Council and/or Tendring District Council. Applications will be considered for both new and ongoing projects and assistance is available for both capital expenditure and essential running costs. Priority will be given to the smaller voluntary organisations or groups based and operating within the area of benefit, as opposed to regional and national groups. Where financial help is sought the Trust will require details of the organisation’s own commitment to the particular project. Should a grant be approved evidence of expenditure may be required in due course.

To download application form and guidelines please see Applying For A Grant.

Applying for a Grant

We aim to keep the application process as straightforward as possible. You can download an application form and guidelines from the links below. If you require any assistance with completing the application form, please contact us.

The Trust considers grant applications in February, May, July, September and November.