Find Funding

If you are looking for grants, loans, investment or support for a project in Essex, the following websites offer funding advice together with online funding search facilities free of charge. A fabulous resource for local businesses and residents, and not just for eco-projects either.

Aviva Community Fund

A crowdfunding platform that in addition to allowing the public to donate to your project allows Aviva staff to spend a Community budget allocated by Aviva.

EALC Community Initiative Fund

This new fund includes various community grant schemes that have been funded by Essex County Council.  This includes:
  • The existing CIF
  • Local Service Fund
  • Local Connections Fund
  • Cultural Development Grant

This fund is currently closed but you can register to receive updates when new rounds are announced.

Environmental Funders Network

This page lists a number of funders who have funded environmental projects in the past.

Essex Community Foundation

Provides funding to local voluntary and community organisations in Essex through donations from individuals, companies, charitable trusts and public agencies.

Funding Central

A comprehensive portal operated by NCVO which includes a fundraising search facility. It is free to use for organisations who have an annual income of under £100,000 per year.

Funding For All

Funding for All does not directly fund organisations or individuals. They do however have a funding directory and mentor you to apply for funds from other trusts and foundations to increase your chances of success.

Grantsonline

You need to register to use the funding directory but it is free and a simple process.

Groundwork

A range of grant schemes managed by Groundwork.

Support Cambridgeshire

Don’t let the name put you off. Anyone can register and it’s free and it gives you access to a National funders directory.

Lottery 

A wide range of projects are also funded by the National Lottery and it is worth checking out current funding opportunities on this site. and the Community Fund

Fundraising Support for Environmental Projects

At the current time July 2020 most funders are currently only funding projects that are delivering Covid 19 direct services.

Get FREE Fundraising Support for Environmental Projects or your Environmental Group in Colchester and surrounding areas.

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