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Community group funding

Funding Advice

Are you a voluntary or community organisation working with young people in Essex? Are you looking to expand your current youth service provision? Do you need a little help with putting your ideas onto paper or help with where you can apply for funding?

The best place to start is to call or visit your local Voluntary Services Council (VSC).  They offer a wide variety of services and support for local organisations, including advice on funding and training.

There are 12 VSC in Essex.

The Essex CVS is the association that supports these local organisations across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. 

We can also support you to grow. We offer general and specific advice on how to prepare an idea into a well-costed, attractive application and how best to submit it. We can also proof-read any application you may already have prepared.


Essex County Council offers free access to an easy to use database that contains the details of thousands of UK grant providers. To access the database, you must first register, which is free to join. Access the database.

You can also subscribe to a free newsletter, offering the latest news about current funding opportunities.