Essex County Council has launched the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). The fund is a small grants scheme designed to fund community projects that:

  • create, procure or develop new community assets
  • enhance existing community assets
  • enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community.
There are three parts to the fund:
  • CIF (subject to a maximum application of £20,000 for any one project)
  • CIF Response (subject to a maximum application of £15,000 for any one project).
  • The Superfast Essex Community Wi-Fi Scheme (applications of up to £400 to enable local communities to provide a public Wi-Fi service via their community hubs).

For more information please visit the following link:

This year there will be no pre-applications.

If you wish to ask questions, please email or call Essex County council on 03457430430 ask for Paul Ashworth – Strengthening Communities Manager.