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27 February 2018

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 will take place in October this year and will showcase the amazing things already happening in Essex that are 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. Why not get 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, administered by the EALC, 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.

The Essex Lottery was set up to support community projects in the local area, on the principle of raising money within the community for the community. The real winners are the good causes. From every £1 ticket sold 60p will go to good causes in Essex. Even better, you can choose which good cause gets 50p of the 60p (the remaining 10p will be distributed to other good causes via a central fund).

There is a £25,000 jackpot as well as guaranteed prizes each week. You can buy tickets and register your good cause at