Harlow voluntary organisations given cash boost

News / Thu 5th Mar 2015 at 10:27am

ESSEX County Council has awarded grants for projects delivered by the voluntary sector under the Independence, Choice, and Control Fund (ICCF).

The projects are all aimed at improving physical health, mental health and the wellbeing of local communities and have been awarded following a bidding and rigorous assessment and moderation process. Two of the Essex CCGs (West Essex and Mid Essex CCG) were joint funders of the ICCF alongside Essex County Council.

There are a wide range of organisations receiving grants for projects supporting people with special needs, disabilities, dementia, visual impairments, pregnancy and mental health to name but a few. The majority of grants have been increased from one year funding to three years’ funding.

Councillor Anne Brown, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, said: “The voluntary sector plays a vital role in providing health and wellbeing services to the local community. We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to increase the length of most of these grants, providing the sector with the stability it needs to make a long-term impact.”

There are a total of 43 projects that have been successful in their bid. Of these, eight projects are multi-locality and one is countywide.

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