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Voluntary Organisation Grants

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

We are now open to applications from community and voluntary organisations in the district of Rochford that are representative of their local community.

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The funding is available to groups in the district that provide support for residents, monies are available up to £1000 for projects that aligns outcomes with those local strategic priorities as detailed in the Council’s Business Plan and the with the 4 priorities of the Castle Point & Rochford Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025

The closing date for application is Thursday 29th February 2024.

All applicants will be contacted in due course.

If you want assistance with your application for the voluntary organisation grant please contact RRAVS.

Contact Us – RRAVS | Rayleigh and Rochford District Association for Voluntary Service 

Tel: 01268 772796


Other funding 

Other funding is available to help groups and communities. We have listed these below and links to more information:

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.

Arts Council Open Funds

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

Public Health Accelerator Bid (PHAB) Programme

The Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme will fund new projects that help people in Essex to live a healthy life.The £7.5 million grant programme will run for three years.PHAB will make a difference to the lives of many vulnerable residents across Essex. The programme focuses on closing the health inequalities experienced in the county.The programme consists of two grants:

  • small grants of between £500 and £15,000.
  • major grants from £15,000 with no upper limit.

For more information and to apply please visit Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB): Overview | Essex County Council

South East Essex Health Inequalities Fund

The main objective of the Health Inequalities funding initiative is to support projects adopting innovative and collaborative strategies for mitigating health inequalities and addressing preventable variations in healthcare outcomes including;

  • Tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access
  • Improving health and healthcare in the 20% most deprived among our population
  • Addressing the national, local and local PLUS priority areas 
  • Addressing any other locally evidenced health inequalities aligned with the priorities

You can read more about CORE20PLUS5 and our local health priorities in the detailed SEE Health Inequalities Fund Guidance document.

The Fund is now open for applications via an online application form.
More information about this Fund can be found on the South East Essex Alliance Substack page.

Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 Tech Circular Economy Funding

Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 have launched a £500,000 fund "to support innovative programmes, initiatives and campaigns that promote digital inclusion while reducing e-waste and supporting the circular economy." The fund will support a range of projects with funding between £25,000 - £100,000. This includes things like;

  • a research project to help understand how the issues are connected
  • a campaign to redistribute devices
  • a project to fix old devices to be used by more people
  • a project that aims to tackle the root causes of these problems

For further information and to apply please visit About — Time after time e-waste fund (

Funding support for sports and activity clubs

Find Your Active Fund

The Find Your Active small grants applications have reopened to inspire activity in Essex.

As part of our Find Your Active brand, we are calling out to organisations, groups and instructors who will be able to apply for funds of up to £3,000, via the Active Essex website. Any organisation in Essex can apply for this funding and the money can be used to start up new activities or increase the numbers attending existing activities, all with the aim of getting more people active. Please visit  Find Your Active Fund - Active Essex to explore the criteria, read about the impact of the grant, and apply.

Sport England 

Sport England have opened a Small Grants Programme which seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we'll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.

Sport England’s Active Together fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £7.5m.

Their Places and Spaces Fund is a £7 million pot with up to £10,000 available in match funding for Crowdfunder projects, as part of a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups improve places and spaces across England.

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