Contain Outbreak Management Fund


Covid-19 Response Small Grants

Contain Outbreak Management Fund

Essex County Council has received funding from the Department of Health & Social Care's (DHSC) Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF). This financial aid is designed to support costs associated with ongoing public health and outbreak management costs of tackling Covid-19.

The pandemic has continued to provide challenges to Essex communities and their statutory services. The emergence of new Covid-19 variants in late 2020, which transmit up to 70% faster than the original strain, means that in recent months Essex communities have seen some of the highest levels of infection in the country. This has led to increased demand for voluntary and community sector services and health services.

Throughout the pandemic, local communities have stepped up to provide support which has ensured communities remain connected, able to self-isolate as required and provided with first-line, self-organised community support for those in need. Funding is consequently allocated from the COMF to provide the VCS (including Mutual Aid Groups) with financial aid to respond to & contain the spread of Covid-19.


  • Small grants will be awarded to eligible applicants in line with the guidance document
  • Grants of up to £5000 can be awarded to support eligible activities, as set out in the guidance document
  • This grant excludes projects that deliver outside of the administrative area of Essex County Council


​Examples of how the grant could be used

  • Doing shopping for those shielding
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Running errands
  • Support for the socially isolated
  • Supporting food poverty​

Applicants will also be required to provide a copy of their safeguarding policy. If you do not have one, please contact the Funding Officer who can provide a policy template. If your activities involve working with children, you will be required to provide evidence of current DBS checks.

Essential Documents

Please complete the above application form and return it to The application window will be open from Monday 8th March 2021.