We care about our communities and the people who live in them. The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund supports voluntary and community groups in the Braintree district.
Supporting the community
The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund, set up by Braintree District Council and Greenfields Community Housing in 2016, provides local voluntary organisations and charities with the opportunity to apply for funding.
Grants are available to support organisations working in the Braintree District that either help to improve health and well-being, increase aspirations and opportunities, or develop skills through training.
The Fund is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF), which has a strong track record of managing funds and channelling grants to support community activity in Essex.
Braintree District Mencap and Braintree Rethink Carers Support Group are among six invaluable local charities to benefit from grants totalling £135,000 in 2018.
Braintree District Mencap Society was awarded £13,426 to run a life skills programme for young adults with learning difficulties. Yvette Wetton, chief executive of Braintree District Mencap Society, said: “Our life skills classes cover important topics including nutrition, budgeting, healthy relationships and how to keep safe both in the home and when out and about. Developing these skills will help people with a learning disability to increase their confidence and abilities and, for some, be an important part of enabling them to live more independently.”
Braintree Rethink Carers Support Group offers a non-judgmental, safe space for those with mental health issues and their carers to come together and create art. The £15,000 awarded from the fund will cover their rent costs and enable them to take members on trips.
Katrina Whittaker, who runs the group, said: “Having a friendly environment where our members can come on a regular basis and feel safe with people who understand them is so important. They produce some amazing pieces of work and get a real boost from the outings, which include visits to art galleries and the seaside. Many of our members would never dream of taking these trips alone and it really opens up their world. We are so grateful for the funding boost”.
A panel made up of representatives from Braintree District Council and Greenfields review and agree all applications to the Fund annually. Other organisations to benefit from grants in previous years include Braintree Area Foodbank and Action for Family Carers.
Sandra Crosby, Greenfields’ Housing Director, urges local community organisations to apply for a grant: “We want to improve the lives of people living in the District in any way we can. We know that there are projects out there doing wonderful work, and we want to support and help them to grow.”
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Click on the links below to download helpful information on funding opportunities:
There are currently no supporting documents
To ask questions or discuss an application, please call the ECF Grants Team:
Call: 01245 356018
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