Harlow organisations invited to apply for community initiatives

INDIVIDUALS, voluntary organisations and community groups with a vision to boost their local communities and help make Essex a great place to live and work could gain much needed funding from Essex County Council’s ‘Community Initiatives Fund’ (CIF).

Launched on 1st April 2019 the ‘new-look’ fund brings together a variety of Essex County Council funded community grant schemes under one roof for the first time. The £650,000 fund, which comprises the existing Community Initiatives Fund, Local Service Fund, Local Connections Fund and Cultural Development Grants, will be administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) over a two-year period.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said: “Even in times of extreme financial challenge we want to continue to invest in our local communities. A big thank you to our partners the Essex Association of Local Councils who will administer the scheme on our behalf. I encourage individuals and groups who have a great idea to improve their local communities, and especially those who have not applied before, to make their applications.”

Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded for projects that benefit the wider community and demonstrate a real community need. These may be for new amenities, equipment, new local services or cultural initiatives all of which contribute towards strengthening communities.

In addition, micro-grants of up to £500 are available throughout the year to enable community projects at a grass roots level to quickly and easily access vital funds for projects that can help reduce social isolation, improve wellbeing and support better connected communities.

Projects are excluded in Southend and Thurrock. For more information visit www.EALC.gov.uk or contact the Funding Officer Louise Gambardella louise.gambardella@ealc.gov.uk

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