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Community organisations invited to bid for one-off funding

Published: 06 April 2017
Community organisations which help improve people’s health and well-being across north east Essex are being invited to bid for a share of funding being offered by local charitable organisation, Anglian Community Trust (ACT).

Community healthcare provider, Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), set up ACT in January 2014. As a social enterprise, ACE can use a percentage of any profit it makes at the end of every financial year to invest in the local community. ACE will provide funding each year that it makes a profit to ACT, enabling it to support community and charity projects through one-off funding.


Today, ACT has opened its sixth funding round and is inviting applications from local charity organisations and community groups to apply for grants up to £4,000.

ACT’s Board of Trustees will decide how the funding will be used in line with the charity’s aims. Applicants must demonstrate:

·        how the funding for which they have applied will benefit the health, well-being and/or welfare of people living in the communities in which ACE provides services

·        good value for money

·        the project will meet needs that are not already being met

·        that there will be no ongoing costs after 12 months, e.g. running costs, maintenance costs etc.

Lawrie Payne, Chairman of ACT, said: “It is important to us to be able to support organisations which in turn support people in the local community. To date, the ACT Board have approved 47 applications and made payments of almost £300,000.


Application forms and supporting information can be found on ACT’s website www.angliancommunitytrust.org


In this funding round, ACT is providing one type of funding - ‘micro-funding’ for applications up to £4,000. Applicants may be invited to attend a pitching session to the Trustees at a mutually convenient time.


Completed application forms must be returned to ACT via e-mail to Tim.Huggett@acecic.nhs.uk or by post to ACT, 659-662 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9YQ by 5pm, 19 May 2017.


Following review and checking of criteria, applications will be presented to an Advisory Panel of ACE’s Staff Council and Community Forum for review. The ACT Board of Trustees will then make the final decision and all applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.
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