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20 September 2017

Here you will find  information on schemes and initiatives that showcase the strength of Essex and its people.


Essex is home to hundreds of vibrant communities, many incredible charities and civil society groups, and collectively many impressive examples of community spirit.


Listed below are tools, schemes and funds to continue growing and strengthening your local community. Take a look below and find out how what you already do, or your new idea can help to create a strong community at the heart of a safe and neighbourly society.


The Art of the Possible Festival

The Art of the Possible festival is used to promote change, risk-taking and innovation, and will take place in October this year.


Showcasing the amazing things already happening in Essex making a real difference to people’s lives – the festival aims to inspire others to increase what’s on offer in communities across the county. Find out how you can be involved.


Essex Activities

Essex Activities is a free-to-use website to promote local events and to help people find out what is happening.
Uniquely, it’s a website owned by local people – the content belongs to local residents and the events are events run by local people.
Activities created by you, for you.

The Essex Crowd

The Essex Crowd is a crowdfunding movement supporting small scale projects that create connections and bring people together.
Essex County Council has a substantial fund to support small scale local projects pitched - good ideas that can have a real impact locally and bring people together.

Supporting Communities – Local Services Fund

This unique fund will allow communities, through Local Councils (Parish and Town Councils) and other formally constituted groups, to apply for both capital and revenue funding for projects that are designed to support communities by adding value to existing services or by introducing new services.

Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)

The CIF small grants scheme enables community groups, sports clubs, youth groups, parish councils and other voluntary or charitable organisations in Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock), to bid for up to £20,000 to turn their community project dreams into reality.