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Saffron Community Fund January 2023 announcement

When we realised the difficulty of choosing one single charity from so many deserving causes, and the challenge of impacting on a whole region, our Community Fund Initiative was born. Now in its 11th year, in 2023, we’re awarding a record sum of £75,000 to charities, community groups, and volunteer organisations all across the East of England.  

Working in partnership with the Essex Community Foundation (who administer our fund), with great pleasure we awarded our first £50,000 at the start of the year across these 18 recipients; 1st Chesterford Scout Group, Bishop’s Stortford Child Contact Centre, Bishop’s Stortford Youth Project, Braintree District Mencap, Colchester Gateway Club, Dig It Community Allotment, Herts Inclusive Theatre, Lighthouse Furniture Project, Newport Meet and Eat, Next Chapter, Rehabilitation, Education & Assessment Care for Hippotherapy, SNAP Special Needs & Parents Ltd, Stansted Mental Health Initiative, Support 4 Sight, Tabor Centre, The OutHouse, Wilderness Foundation, and Heads2Minds.  

Our panel had the difficult task of selecting the recipients from an extensive list of entries, they were struck by the extraordinary work they do to offer support and care to their communities.

If you know a charity or community group who would be eligible, applications for our next round of funding opened on the 28th of April, find out how you can apply here.

You have to see it to believe it they say, and our community business partner Claire Hunnable is currently enjoying the privilege of visiting the first of our 2023 fund recipients to see how it's supporting them. She has been amazed at the dedication, and constant drive to improve the support they offer the people in our communities.

On visiting one charity, our CEO Colin Field remarked; “Without these vital organisations communities would suffer to quite a serious degree – what they bring to individuals, families and communities is totally invaluable.”

Meet the recipients