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£10,000 awarded to Voluntary and Community Sector Grant recipients


Rochford District Council has announced the organisations that have been successful in their bid for funding from the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grant.

Following the meeting of the Executive last month, Rochford Council will be awarding £10,000 from the discretionary funding pot to 20 organisations across the District. Out of 34 applications received, these 20 were selected based on a clear demonstration of local need and widespread community support.

The successful organisations showcased their alignment with both the Rochford District Council Business Plan and the Castlepoint and Rochford Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Additionally, the cross-party evaluation panel ensured that any funded project aimed to: 

  • Create or develop new community assets
  • Enhance existing community assets
  • Enhance or develop initiatives that enable communities to live healthy lives
  • Improve outcomes for residents

Councillor Julie Gooding, Lead Member for Leisure, Tourism & Wellbeing at Rochford District Council said, “Congratulations to the organisations receiving funding from this fund. It's truly exciting that the council has secured funding to provide additional support to organisations addressing various issues affecting residents. These initiatives are driven by organisations that are at the heart of our community, they are aimed at fostering positive change and enhancing the lives of our residents.”

The successful organisations, each awarded £500, are as follows: 

Organisation Details
Stambridge Community Centre Contribution to new cooker
Send the Right Message STRM Increase capacity to deliver mor services
Supporting Carers and Families Together  (SCAFT)   Rental of premises for respite care
Yoga4All  New weekly seated yoga classes
Lady McAdden Breast Cancer Trust  Wellbeing days and raising awareness 
MegaCentre Food vouchers 
Rankins Cricket Club Roll on cricket nets
East Essex Hackspace STEM activities using BBC Micro bits and hobby kits  
City Family Farm Antenatal education classes to parents unable to afford NCT or other paid for classes  
England Netball To support start up sessions for community netball offer in Rochford 
Trustlinks New potting shed  to support residents with mental health problems
4th Rochford Scouts  Replacement of kayaking safety equipment
The Art Ministry  10 x 2hr art and craft sessions 
Canewdon Community Association Replacement of current gas water heater with electric
1st Rayleigh Scouts Improved audio-visual equipment
Canewdon Cricket Club New roller for cricket ground
Bar N Bus  Mobile basketball hoop 
Cake Club Support parent groups across Rochford and Hockley
1st Hullbridge Scout Group  Replacement of camping equipment and provision of water heater  
Old Peoples Welfare for Rochford  Supporting running of their minibus 

Organisations that were not successful in their bid will be supported to find alternative funding sources that may be accessible to them.