Community projects encouraged to apply for grants with All In

Four women from Colchester domestic abuse charity Next Chapter are stood behind an All In banner. They are celebrating receiving a £750 grant.

Local charities and groups are invited to apply for new grants to make a difference in their communities.

The All In Alliance groups, created by Eastlight Community Homes, are an opportunity for residents to join together and enhance their local neighbourhoods and communities.

This year, the Alliances are encouraging even more community-based organisations to apply for a Community Grant to support their much-needed work.

The £12,000 funding will help to support a variety of groups across Braintree, Witham, Halstead and Colchester. There are three grants available in each area for £1,250, £1,000 and £750.

Residents will be invited to vote for their favourite by attending the next All In Alliance meetings in March.

Last year, the grants supported several local organisations including Halstead Community Fridge, Earls Colne Bellringers, Colchester-based charities Bridgeway Mission and Next Chapter, Witham’s Edith Borthwick School and Braintree Basketball Club.

Lisa Harper, Eastlight’s Community Empowerment Co-ordinator, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local groups to apply for funding to support the vital work they do in our towns and cities. The community grant applications are open to all projects making a difference to the lives of those living in our communities, and we encourage people to apply. Residents will also be able to have their say on who receives the grants by coming along to the Alliance meetings in March, so be sure to come along!”

Applications can be made here by Friday, 16 February:

The next Alliance meetings below – venues to be announced via the website.

  • Witham Alliance Meeting – Wednesday 20th March 2024, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers Hall End, Cm8 2HE
  • Braintree Alliance Meeting - Thursday 21st March 2024, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Glebe Community Hall, Glebe Avenue, CM7 5RB
  • Colchester Alliance Meeting - Tuesday 26th March 2024, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    The Oak Tree Centre, 252 Harwich Road, CO4 3DH
  • Halstead Alliance Meeting - Thursday 28th March 2024, 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Empire Theatre, 57 Butler Road, CO9 1LL

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