Cost of living support

Colchester Borough Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

Voluntary Welfare Grants

Details on the Voluntary Welfare Grants and who can apply.


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Voluntary Welfare Grant

Thirteen voluntary and community groups have been successful with their applications to receive a share of Colchester Borough Council’s £190,000 Voluntary Welfare Grant for 2020/2023.

Registered charities constituted voluntary and community organisations, and not-for-profit organisations across the borough were eligible to apply for a share of the grant.

Organisations submitted their applications via a competitive process and could apply for a one-off grant (covering a three-year period) of between £5,000 and £30,000. Applicants had to demonstrate that they strengthen Colchester’s communities, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and help the physical and mental wellbeing of residents.

Over £380,000 worth of requests were made to the fund. At a funding panel meeting in January, it was agreed that the 2020/23 fund would be split between a variety of organisations. Grant recipients for the 2020-23 grant are: Colchester Citizens Advice Bureau (£30,000), Dance Network Association (£20,000), Outhouse East (£22,834), Age Concern Colchester (£15,000),&nbsp;</i><i>Centre for Action and Rape Abuse - CARA (£20,000), Colchester Gateway (£20,000), Open Road (£10,963.76), Open Door (£10,000), Colchester CAP Debt Centre (£9,237.58), Refugee Action Colchester (£8,000), Alife James Productions (£3,250) Youth Enquiry Service (£20,000) and Hi Tension Trampoline Club (£1,714.66).

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