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Community Grants - In-Year

In-Year Grants

In-Year Grants were established in 2003/2004 to assist with pump-priming of new groups and emergency matters arising for existing groups.  In 2007/2008 this programme was extended to include special events that contribute to community well-being and promote community cohesion and social inclusion within the borough.

In 2016/2017 the total budget for the In-Year programme is £25,000 and applications of up to a maximum of £2,000 will be considered.

If all available funds are exhausted in the initial round of the programme then no further rounds will be held - so plan ahead and apply early!

Funding timetable

Opening date

Closing date

Initial Round

Monday 18th April 2016

Wednesday 29th June 2016

2nd Round

Monday 4th July 2016     

Wednesday 14thSeptember 2016

3rd Round

Monday 19th September 2016

Wednesday 30thNovember 2016

4th Round

Monday 5th December 2016

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Download an In-Year Grants 2016/17 Application Pack here.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a grant if you are a formally constituted voluntary or community organisation. Projects will be judged on their individual merits and contribution to the community.  Applications are accepted from organisations based in or able to demonstrate benefits within Southend which are in the voluntary or not-for-profit sector. We welcome applications from small community groups that have not previously received funding, particularly from local black and minority ethnic groups.

Funding is not available for:

  • Groups whose main aim is campaigning
  • Activities or projects that promote religion
  • Groups that have uncommitted/unrestricted funds that could be used to fund the activity
  • Projects that have already taken place
  • Activities, the full cost of which can be charged for
  • Routine maintenance of equipment/premises

It is essential that you read the 'General Guidance' notes before filling in the application form to ensure that your organisation is eligible for funding and that the activities or services for which you are seeking support meet the Council's own critical priorities and the overall needs of Southend's communities.

Funded groups will be required to keep financial records (receipts/invoices) of how the grant money was spent and to fill in a simple monitoring form at the end of the financial year.

Page last updated: 18/04/2016