Funding For Voluntary & Community Organisations | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Funding For Voluntary & Community Organisations | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Other financial support available to adult social care providers


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council recognises the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in responding to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.  We know that demand on local VCS organisations is high, leading to immense pressure on both finances and staff resource.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have a total of £60,000 in funding available (and there could be more) for grants, of up to £3,000 for all constituted Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations based in Southend-on-Sea, supporting projects costs that put in place Infection Control measures.

Please note, that the provision of Voluntary and Community grant funding is not a statutory Council duty. Grant funding has only been made available at the discretion of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Please also be mindful that we may receive more applications than we can provide funding for. If this is the case, then we may only be able to provide a part of the funding you have applied for, or we may not be able to provide any funding at all, even if your project meets all of the criteria. This applies to all grants.

Fund Status

This fund will be open to applications on 10th November 2020 and this will be a rolling funding with a weekly review of applications made by the Infection Control Steering Group at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Conditions and Eligibility Criteria

  • Awarded to formally constituted Voluntary and Community organisations based in the Borough who provide benefits to residents and the local community.
  • The funding should enable Voluntary and Community organisations to reopen safely and within Government guidelines to ensure the prevention of infection.
  • This grant can be used to fund salaries and volunteer expenses where staff are isolating in line with government guidance. This includes staff or a member of their household who are waiting for a test, they are self-isolating due to testing positive for COVID-19, they are quarantined prior to receiving certain NHS procedures or they are attending a GP / pharmacy to be vaccinated against flu outside of their normal working hours.
  • This grant cannot be used for other running or core costs, such as utility bills.
  • Organisations are required to show how the project contributes to implementing Infection Control measures.
  • A recent bank statement (within the last three months) must be provided, for the group/organisation.
  • A bank form must be completed on headed paper, in order that payment can be paid directly into the organisations’ bank account.
  • Grants awarded are between £100 and £3,000.
  • You must complete a spend spreadsheet confirming the items purchased from grant once the grant has been spent.


How to apply for the grant

  1. Send an expression of interest email which includes details on how the funding will put measures in place for reopening safely and within Government guidelines, a full list of items and their costs. This information should include how it will be spent. Please also confirm of when you expect to spend the grant in full and that you agree to the terms and conditions. A spreadsheet will be provided to you once your grant has been agreed, which must be fully completed and returned.
  2. Complete the bank details form including your headed paper, which will be sent to you when the grant is agreed and return it via email. Please ensure your recent business bank account.
  3. Email with your governing document and full set of accounts.


All grants paid must be spent by 31st March 2021.

Click here to download guidance notes for applicants

Jamie Langstone