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Rochford District Council
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Rochford District Council,  South Street,  Rochford.
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5 October 2012

Council’s commitment to the voluntary sector

Voluntary organisations across the District are being urged to come forward to access a wealth of help and support from Rochford District Council.

There are a number of ways the Council can help voluntary organisations across the District to continue to make a difference to the community.

Firstly, the Council has a small annual budget for grants to voluntary organisations to assist in the delivery of their activities. The grants are normally allocated once a year and applications for grants are now open until November 23.

The maximum amount that can be applied for is £1,500. Please note that any organisation which has been funded in previous years that does not submit an application will not receive funding.

There’s a full set of guidance notes and application forms available on our website at

As well as this, the Council has access to an online facility that can be accessed by voluntary groups, sports and other clubs, schools, social enterprises and small businesses that can search across a huge range of funding sources for FREE!

GRANTnet is a searchable database of funding opportunities ranging from European funds through to Lottery awards and charitable trusts. It’s a free to use service that can help community groups search for funding that might best suit their organisations aims. This service is available at

Finally, the Council also runs a very popular staff volunteering scheme where members of staff spend up to 15 hours helping out in the local community. Local groups are more than welcome to come forward and ask for their volunteering opportunities to be included in the bulletin which is regularly issued to staff.

The Leader of Rochford District Council, Councillor Terry Cutmore, said: “The Council is committed to making a difference in the way it supports the community and there are several ways we can help local voluntary groups.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the group is, I’d encourage them to come forward and access the services we offer, whether it be grant funding, support through GRANTnet or our staff time through our internal volunteering scheme.

The Council is here to help the voluntary sector not just financially, but also by being there helping and supporting our community in any way we can.”

For more details on voluntary grants, GRANTnet or the staff volunteering scheme please contact Community Planning Officer, Andrew Lowing  on 01702 318061.