Funding body information

Southend-on-Sea Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on Sea
01702 215000

Point of contact:

Senior Community Relations Advisor, 01702 215000,


Southend-on-sea Borough Council manages one grant scheme which is the "Community In-Year Grants". In 2015/2016 the total budget for the In-Year programme is £25,000 and applications of up to a maximum of £2,000 will be considered.

In-Year grants have been established to assist in pump-priming of new groups and emergency matters arising for existing groups. This fund is intended for new groups, groups dealing with emergency issues or projects promoting community cohesion.

Further details on this fund, including application forms, guidance notes and details of previously funded organisations, can be found through the following link: In Year Grants

The council does not have any fund available for voluntary sports organisations, however, groups wishing for support can visit the ActiveEssex website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary Sector Funding Overview

Useful organisations:

Southend-on-Sea Association of Voluntary Services

Southend on Sea Council have recently developed their website to include more information on their funding arrangements for the Voluntary Sector.

Full information can now be found on all grant schemes running, including deadlines, eligibility criteria, annual budgets and all necessary supporting documents. Some general information and voluntary sector support pages are also provided, on subjects such as the Local Strategic Partnership and the local compact. This information is clearly sign-posted to under the following path:

Your Community - Voluntary Organisations

The Partnerships team, who deal with voluntary sector funding, were also very helpful and forth-coming with information.

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