PUBLIC and private sector organisations across Essex have received over £15 million in grants from national and European funding pots in just four months thanks to the help and support of Essex County Council.
Since 1 April the Council’s Essex Funding Team has helped 14 organisations secure £15.6 million from bodies including the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union to support a wide range of projects to maximise their potential and enhance their services.
Thames Gateway South East‘s Leading a Low Carbon Economy project in Thurrock received £613,000 from the European Regional Development Fund. The Essex Funding Team supported this project when it was originally awarded £2,543,694 and is providing support for new low-carbon business start-ups and social enterprises, as well as supporting businesses in reducing carbon emissions from commercial and industrial sources across South Essex.
Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley, said: “It is fantastic that the Essex Funding Team’s expert advice and support has helped secure a total of £15.6 million in grants since April enabling 14 organisations to develop and grow.
“Securing funding from national and European bodies can be a complex and competitive process at the best of times, but in this tough economic climate it can be even harder.
“The Essex Funding Team has been expertly helping public and private sector bodies navigate the funding maze for a number of years. As a result of their efforts they have helped secure more than £50 million in grants since 2010.”