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The Southend Emergency Fund receives donations from members of the public, businesses, trusts, churches, community organisations and from other charities. It operates under the auspices of Shared Space, registered charity 1161862.

The fund gives grants to help local agencies relieve individuals and families in hardship arising both directly from the coronavirus and the steps taken to contain it.  

The awards committee typically meets  weekly to receive a report on the balance of the fund and to consider applications for funding.   



We have funding available to support those struggling with food and fuel costs (download and read the Grants Protocol below for further details).

Applicants can apply for up to £3,000 under these funding for the purchase of food and fuel (gas and electric) to support families resident in Southend where the person in receipt of child benefit for a child is living with that child.

NB. If you have received funds from Southend Emergency Fund before please complete the grant application form below. You will not be considered for further funding until any reporting has been completed and received. If you need to report on previous spend that was not from the vaccine inequalities fund please let us know when you send your new application.



This is a fast moving context both in terms of the impact of COVID-19 and the funds being raised by Southend Emergency Fund. In light of this we are keeping the following guidance under regular review:

  • We usually ask un-constituted groups to apply for <£200.
  • We usually ask registered charities and legally constituted organisations to apply for in the range of £300 – £3,000.


If you have received funds, please fill in the short report form once you have used the money for your project. This helps us understand the impact of the Southend Emergency Fund. Please also send us photos, videos and stories to help us publicise and fundraise for the fund. Ideally, we would like a report in no more than two weeks after you have spent out the funds.

To reapply for further funding we usually ask a minimum of 4 weeks between a successful applicant being issued funds and that applicant being issued funds for a subsequent application. In addition, we need to receive a report from you of how you have used the funds from the first grant.

We respond to applications on a rolling basis and one of our team may contact you for further details. We are working as quickly as we can and ask you to bear with us.

Questions to:




 If you are a person or household in need we cannot help you directly. You should seek help from a local agency – see further information below.  

The following information leads to organisations and groups beyond us and we do not take responsibility for their services. 


  • Storehouse: 01702 617348
  • Foodbank Vouchers via Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 477 0808
  • Foodbank via Southend Association of Voluntary Services 01702 356000

Consumables (nappies, soap, cleaning materials, etc)

  • Storehouse  01702 617348


  • Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 477 0808

Self-isolation and in need of shopping doing or prescriptions collecting:

If you are a tenant of South Essex Homes, you can try the Hub Project 10.00am – 4pm on 07398 094462

If you have children of school age and claim free school meals, you can get food vouchers through Southend Council 01702 212497

If you are housebound and need help with food collection, prescriptions, dog walking etc, you can ring Southend Council 01702 212497.

Please contact if you have suggestions of other places where individuals can find help. and