Voluntary Organisation Grants

Rochford District Council offers small grants to local voluntary and community groups in the District. 

Applications for the 22/23 financial year have now closed and are being considered by the members panel. All applicants will be contacted in due course.

The funding is available to groups in the district that provide support for residents, monies are available up to £1000 for projects that align with the 4 priorities of the Castle Point & Rochford Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025 

A member panel agreed the decision for last year’s applications. You can find the results for 21/22 year's process in the portfolio holder key decision paper.


Other funding 

Other funding is available to help groups and communities that have been affected by the pandemic. We have listed these below and links to more information: 

Contain outbreak management funding for faith groups and parish councils

This grant funding aims to support local projects that improve health and wellbeing. It can be used to extend current offers or to develop new activities to respond to the needs of vulnerable residents in response to the pandemic. 

Small grants of up to £1000 are available for Church / faith groups and up to £500 for Parish / Town Councils in the District. 

For more details and to apply please go to Application for Contain Outbreak Management Grant Funding for Rochford 2021/2022 (Google Form).

Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) COVID Safe Community Fund

RCCE is managing this fund on behalf of Essex County Council. Grants of up to £15,000 are available to support community buildings to put in place measures that reduce transmission of COVID-19 and help activities to resume safely

Guidance notes and application form for RCCE community funding

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery offers small grants between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community groups to support people and communities impacted by COVID-19. You can find out more on The National Lottery Community Fund website.

Find Your Active Fund

The Find Your Active fund aims to help more people to be active. Funding can be used to start up new activities or to increase the number of people at existing ones. It can also cover fees for coaches, equipment, and venue hire.

Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Services (ECVYS) Grants

These grants of up to £500 aim to support small, local, not-for-profit voluntary children’s and youth groups/clubs. The grant can cover Covid-19 costs of reopening these clubs safely, such as hygiene costs. This might be PPE and plexiglass screens, or subs money for families that may struggle with payment. Further details and application form can be found on the ECVYS website.

Emotional Wellbeing: New Opportunities Fund 

This fund is open to individuals or groups who need help kickstarting their ideas for projects that help people whose emotional wellbeing has been affected by COVID-19. Small grants of £100 to £5,000 are be available. To find out more please visit the Essex County Council website.   

Arts Council Open Funds

For a list of Arts Council funding and further information, please visit the funding page on the Arts Council website.

Funding support for sports and activity clubs

Sport England Return to Play Fund

Sport England has opened a Return to Play Fund to help a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

To find out which funding streams you can apply for, please visit the Sport England website.

The Active Essex Funding Finder can also help sports and activity clubs find suitable funding streams and filter their search.