**The Local Service Fund is currently on hold and we are expecting a re-launch in April 2019**

The Local Service Fund

This project will be funded by Essex County Council.

The Essex Association of Local Councils will be in charge of adminstering the fund.

If you have any questions regarding this fund, or would like to be added to the distribution list, then please contact Louise Gambardella - Funding Officer on  01371 879722 or email louise.gambardella@ealc.gov.uk.

The new Local Service 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 up to £10,000 per bid or £15,000 over 3 years which can be paid up front.  There is an expectation of matched funding.

The types of projects that have previously been funded

  • Handyman Scheme
  • Gardening Coordinator
  • Youth Cafe Worker
  • Trainee Cemetery Operative
  • Village Warden
  • Social Farming Initiative Office Manager
  • Footpaths & Footways Contractor
  • Business Administration and Social Media Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Outreach Worker
  • Administration/Booking Clerk
  • Network and Marketing Business Manager
  • Grounds Maintenance & Horticulture Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Project Coordinator/Session Lead

The Funding Panel have decided that we are unable to fund Neighbourhood Plans or Community Specials due to the type of other funding available.

How to apply

Complete the pre application checklist and email to louise.gambardella@ealc.gov.uk.

Louise will check this prior to you completing the application form.  Once the checklist is approved, you will be notified to complete the application.

The panel will assess the project based on the information given in your application form.  Your project may be rejected for funding. You may also be directed to other potential funders.

Link to Pre Application Checklist

Link to Application Form

Link to County Update Special Edition June 2018


Crowdfunding Information

The Essex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community ideas 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.

Link to leaflet

The Essex Association wish to formally thank Essex County Council for the support provided to the EALC, Parish and Town Councils, Village and Communities across Essex.

Copyright Essex Association of Local Councils  2019

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