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

Communities are invited to submit pre application checklists no later than the 3rd April 2018, application forms must be received by the 1st May 2018 in order to qualify for the second funding panel to be held on the 15th June 2018.

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 may be funded (please note this list is not exhaustive)

  • Handyman Schemes
  • Business Apprenticeships
  • Hedge Maintenance
  • Community Volunteers
  • A Community Cafe
  • Preventing Antisocial Parking, Litter Picking etc

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 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 leaflet

Link to county update special edition January 2018

Link to briefing powerpoint presentation February 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  2018

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