Other Grant Funding

New grants available for event organisers in Tendring 
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to encourage events to be held in Tendring and support local traders and performers. Tendring District Council (TDC) is making a total pot of £35,000 available to seed fund events, as part of its Back to Business plan.  Businesses can apply for a grant of either £500 or £1,000 towards events held in town or village centres, or seafronts close to them, which use local traders or performers. Event organisers must supply cost plans and risk assessments as part of their application, as well as meeting the local criteria, and events are to be held within three months of getting a grant. To apply to the fund visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/business/event-grant.

Micro Grant Communication & Technology Support Fund.

Essex County Council has introduced the Micro Grant Communication & Technology Support Fund.

This grant helps support grass root organisations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, who largely rely on volunteers to deliver their projects and have no infrastructure to support communications and technology.

Guidance notes and an application form can be downloaded from the EALC website  website – www.ealc.gov.uk/micro-grant-fund/

Essex Heritage Trust provides grants to public organisations in the County of Essex for projects restoring and promoting the heritage of the County.
Projects previously supported include grants to local museums to purchase display cases, assist in the restoration of boats, church contents restoration such as bells, wall paintings, organs etc,
local publications of a historical or heritage nature, historical research and archaeology.

The Trust is now inviting applications for grants up to £10,000.

Please check their website for the latest application closing date .

For further information on the projects that qualify and an expression of interest form please see www.essexheritagetrust.co.uk

Small Business Grants please click below:


Grant Funding Central

This seems to have lots of information for voluntary organisations


Funding Grants

Another comprehensive site for various funding opportunities



The Essex Crowd

The Essex Crowd is a new initiative from Essex County Council which aims to support local community projects crowdfunding to improve their local area. The Essex Crowd brings together individuals, businesses and other funders to back projects put forward by communities in Essex. The best projects could receive a pledge from the Essex Crowd to help bring their idea to life.

About Spacehive

Spacehive is a crowd funding platform for projects that make local places better.
It works by providing tools that help people develop their ideas, get noticed by crowds of people, companies, councils, the media etc, in order to attract funding to make great projects happen.
Since launching in 2012, Spacehive has helped fund more than 300 public projects across the UK worth over £6.4m.

Learn more at www.spacehive.com

Grassroots grants up to £1000 available
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.

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. The Trust’s aim is to help as many organisations as possible and therefore the majority of grants awarded are for less than £1000.

For further information/application form and guidelines please go to http://www.grassrootscharity.org/grants/

NEW! Grants available for health and well-being projects
Essex Community Foundation have grants of up to £5,000 available to support projects/activities that help to improve the health and well-being of people living in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

All funding applications must demonstrate how the work/project meets one of the following:

  • To help keep people out of hospital
  • To help people leave hospital more quickly
  • To improve health and wellbeing in the community
  • To maximise use of technology which will improve the way users access your services

More information can be found on the website

2020 independent Harwich and Dovercourt businesses invited to bid for improvement grants

Independent businesses in Harwich and Dovercourt Bay are being invited to bid for match-funding from a new grant scheme.

The Harwich and Dovercourt Business Grant Scheme from Tendring District Council (TDC) offers match-funding of between £100 and £2,000 to firms within the town centre areas.

Aimed primarily at retailers and restaurants, the scheme’s objective is to improve the appearance of the high street areas – particularly focused on 2020 as the towns mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower.

Offering a total of £20,000 in funding, the scheme opens in March and will run until the end of 2020 – but businesses are being urged to invest early ahead of the tourist season, with many trips already booked to the area for Mayflower 400 tours.

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said the scheme formed one of the Dovercourt Twenty projects within the town Masterplan, adopted last July.

“This grant scheme will hopefully not only boost and encourage private sector investment within Dovercourt Bay and Historic Harwich, but also help to further enhance and improve some of our business premises,” Cllr Newton said.

“It very much fits into our Tendring4Growth ethos of supporting business in the district, and sits as part of the Dovercourt Rediscovered Masterplan as one of the ‘Dovercourt Twenty’ projects.

“I really encourage traders in the area to take advantage of these grants, and together we can further improve the towns in time for the boost we hope to get from the Mayflower 400 commemoration.

“So whether it’s to replace windows and doors, improve shop front signage or even interior and exterior displays, if your business in this area needs some TLC why not apply?”

The scheme is only open to independent traders (not national chains, banks or charities) and match-funding is on a 50:50 basis. Businesses must cover the cost of works up front, and the grant will be paid retrospectively upon successful completion of the work.

It is open to businesses within old Harwich and in Dovercourt town centre around the High Street and Kingsway area.

TDC staff will be contacting and visiting potentially eligible businesses directly, but to find out more – including the areas covered by the scheme – or to download an application form visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/tendring4growth

For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.

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