A fund to support local community projects that make Essex a great place to live, work and play.
We are interested in supporting projects that will make a difference to your local area, that will transform or use a shared or publically accessible space to bring communities and people together. We have up to £10000 to pledge per project
So whether it is a community tea time, a community planting project, a new outdoor activity space, a BBQ or a music gig, we are open-minded about the types of projects that can be submitted. As long as you can demonstrate a demand for your project from the community, by gaining support through pledges, we want to hear from you.
The Essex Crowd is about bringing people together behind good ideas that communities want to see happen. We want to see local people creating projects and see their ideas come to life, to build communities where people feel more empowered, less isolated and more connected.
By working together we can make our neighbourhoods a great place to live, work and visit.
We are keen that outcomes are linked to our priorities. For more information on the fund, including our priorities, see here.
We want to support local projects which:
- Inspire people and communities to be creative and sustainable with their waste
- Provide skills and opportunities to build an environmentally sustainable community
- Make use of recycled, reused or reclaimed materials from the household
- Reduce the amount of reusable household waste being thrown away
Essex Community Reuse Fund is about supporting local community projects which inspire people and communities to change their behaviour towards tired, broken or unwanted household items. We want to back local innovative ideas that promote reuse and recycling, ultimately preventing waste being thrown away in the home.
- clearly show household waste will be stopped from entering landfill through reuse, recycling, donating, and repairing
- focus on reducing household waste (not waste originating from schools and businesses)
- prevent waste which focuses on one or more of the following materials: home and garden furniture, electricals, textiles, bric-a-brac, general household items, toys, metal and wood from going to landfill
- be based in one of the 12 Essex Districts or Boroughs (Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Colchester, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring or Uttlesford)
We will not fund:
- projects where waste has been sourced from schools, businesses or commercial activities
- 'business as usual' activities (keeping things going that already exist)
Cash: Up to £5,000 pledged directly to your project on Spacehive.
Skills: GLL Qualified Instructors & Coaches, staff time, specialist expertise to help you develop or deliver your project idea.
Stuff: Use of our facilities, free activities (Swimming, Gym e.t.c), monthly membership discounts, Internal training places.