This project will be funded by Essex County Council but administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils.
The new Local Services Fund is a unique fund that will allow communities through Local Parish and Town Councils and other formally constituted groups the opportunity to directly prioritise, enhance, develop and grow local capability thereby making a real difference in the villages, towns and communities across Essex. This is a revenue fund and unique as it is able to pay salaries related to delivering a new service.
The grants available are £10,000 per bid or £15,000 over 3 years. There is an expectation of matched funding.
The types of projects that may be funded (please note this list is not exhaustive)
How to apply
Complete the pre-application checklist and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise will check this prior to you completing the application form. Once the checklist is approved, you will be notified to complete the application.
Communities are invited to submit pre application checklists no later than Friday 27th October, application forms must be received by Friday 17th November in order to qualify for the first funding panel in December 2017.
The panel will assess the project, based on the information given in your application form. Your project may be rejected for funding.
The Essex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality. This fund will be managed by Essex County Council only.
The Essex Association wish to formally thank Essex County Council, for the support provided to the EALC, Parish and Town Councils, Village and Community across Essex.
Message from Braintree District Council:
We are pleased to say there are many events taking place in the three towns in the lead up to Christmas, which have been organised by Braintree District Council, Halstead Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Witham Chamber of Commerce as well as other local organisations. These include light switch-on events, Christmas markets, fayres, a magical reindeer trail and more.
Full details of events taking place can be found at www.braintree.gov.uk/christmas
We hope you will be able to come along to the events and help us spread the word to communities about what’s happening in their local town this Christmas.
As you may already be aware there are proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex, one of which is known as West of Braintree and straddles the Braintree and Uttlesford district borders.
The ‘Issues and Options Consultation’ starts on Monday 13th November 2017 and runs until Monday 8th January 2018. If you would like to find out more about the proposals for the West of Braintree Garden Community some exhibition events have been organised as follows:
· Saturday 25th November, 10.00-14.00 at The Salings Millennium Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling CM7 5DW
· Monday 27th November, 16.00-20.00 at Old Friend’s Meeting House, Stebbing CM6 3SH
· Wednesday 6th December, 16.00-20.00 at Braintree Town Hall, Market Square, CM7 3YG
· Tuesday 12th December, 10.00-14.00 at Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne CM77 6TX
Comments on the proposals can be made using forms available at the events, or online.
The link to the online consultation document will be published on http://www.ne-gc.co.uk when the consultation opens.
Cllr Barry Vincent attended Braintree District Council’s Funding Fayre on 19th October on behalf of Wethersfield Parish Council. A number of organisations made presentations about funding opportunities, and below is a short summary.
Community Initiatives Fund – Essex County Council grant scheme up to a maximum of £15000 for any single project. Designed to support creation, procurement or development of new community assets or to enhance existing assets or initiatives that strengthen a community. We have already benefitted from some of its funding in the Parish. The present deadline for Expressions of Interest is end of January 2018 and full applications by the end of February. Application process on www.essex.gov.uk/cif
Councillors Community Grants – Ward Councillors grants of £100 – £1500 available for a variety of projects including building improvements, playground equipment and recreation facilities etc. Both Peter Schwier and Peter Tattersley have access to these funds and can approve the grants. More information on www.braintree.gov.uk/councillors
Essex Crowd Funding – The Essex Crowd is a funding opportunity which has a fund of £500K for community projects and initiatives e.g. community gardens and street murals, festivals and sports facilities. Details and application process on Essex.gov.uk/Communities
Essex Community Foundation – work with independent bodies and charitable organisations and makes grants ranging from £250 to £10K available to support a variety of ‘quality of life’ projects and activities. Their average grant is around £4000. More information on www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk
The funding of Essex Police is an important topic both in the media and through public comments and correspondence. While the demand for greater police visibility is very strong, there is also a clear pressure to manage the impact of any potential rise in funding provided through the police precept.
Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2018-2019, I intend to carry out a public survey to help inform my approach. The survey will seek to identify the general appetite for investing more in Essex Police, what would be a reasonable level of additional investment and the areas where the public would like to see extra investment.
Members of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel have been advised of the survey and have fed in their views to the questions being posed.
The survey will run from 1am on Monday, November 6 for two weeks until midnight on Sunday, November 19 and is available online via this link http://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/policeprecept
I would ask you to encourage as many people as possible to fill in this survey.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex