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Community Initiatives Fund

4 April 2017

Essex County Council Community Initiatives Funds

Supporting local projects in Essex.

Our 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. Find out how to apply.

Celebrating 10 years investment into your local communities


“Over the past 10 years, CIF has made a huge contribution to help strengthen and sustain community life throughout Essex. In the rural areas, I know it has helped numerous charities, voluntary groups and parish councils to upgrade and modernise key facilities such as village halls, playing fields and play areas.


"It has also supported the creation of new groups and activities which have improved the quality of life for people of all ages. Essex County Council deserves great credit for creating and maintaining this vitally important fund.”

Nick Shuttleworth, Executive Director, Rural Community Council of Essex