A Better Start Southend Community Ideas and Development Fund 

At A Better Start Southend we know local people can make great things happen. We are investing over ten years to improve the lives of Southend’s very youngest residents; and we’re working with local people every step of the way.

Our Community, Ideas and Development Fund (CID Fund) enables community-led change. It helps support community groups, organisations and individuals who have a great idea about how to make lives better for Southend’s young children and their families.

With the excellent expertise from SAVS supporting you all the way through the application process, and regular reviews with the A Better Start Southend team to aid your success, your project could be a fantastic addition to the local offer for families around Southend.

Take a look at the details below, and for more information, contact absspmo@eyalliance.org.uk.

Please note the CID Fund will open for applications on the 28th September 2020. 

How much is available?

The total budget for the CID Fund is £60,000 a year for the next 3 years:

  • £20,000 has been allocated to the Seed Fund
  • £40,000 has been allocated to the Grow Fund

Organisations will be funded for 1 year with an option to extend funding subject to need, development and success.

What can the fund be used for?

We are looking for proposals that are:

  • Innovative and creative new ideas
  • Will help us achieve our goals and strategic aims
  • Ideas which build partnership working and have long-term sustainability

What can’t the fund do?

  • Offer a general grant (e.g. towards regular running costs or large capital spend items, etc.)
  • Fund work which is already being undertaken on an ongoing basis as part of a statutory service
  • Projects proposing to operate outside of A Better Start Southend wards which benefit non-ABSS beneficiaries
  • Fund groups whose main aim is campaigning

Who can bid?

The A Better Start Southend CID Fund is open to:

  • Your turnover is less than £750,000 per year
  • formally constituted voluntary or community organisations
  • local individuals, groups or organisations within Southend who are able to demonstrate benefits which are in the voluntary or not-for-profit sector
  • applications which have two or more partners engaged

Community Ideas and Development Fund: application process

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Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) support role

We have partnered with SAVS to deliver the Community Ideas and Development Fund. SAVS are a key organisation within the Southend community that have strong connections with local parents, groups and organisations.

SAVS will be able to help and support groups throughout the CID Fund application process and will potentially be able to contribute to the sustainability of the successful projects.

Throughout the process, SAVS will be available for support, advice and information to help you complete your application.

Community Ideas and Development Fund conditions

  • Proposed projects can only be funded once throughout the year
  • There is no set limit on the number of proposals an organisation/group may submit, however the project ideas must be different each time
  • This is a rolling fund with no set submission deadlines
  • The review cycle will be on a fortnightly basis.

A Better Start Southend: Overarching Outcomes

Our Community Ideas and Development Fund is designed to encourage local innovation and engagement in the design and delivery of activities that align with our key strategic aims.

Our work has three main priorities:

  • Social and Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Diet and Nutrition

In addition, in Southend, we have chosen to focus on;

  • System change – through service design and co-production and engagement with partners.
  • Community resilience – building the community’s ability to address issues.

Our overarching outcomes – children achieve well because:

  • Their parents are ready for parenthood
  • They have a positive parent/child relationship
  • They and their families receive effective and consistent professional support
  • There is improved health at individual, family and community level

Contact us

For more information and help with the application process, please contact SAVS on

To download your Community Ideas and Development Fund application pack and scoring templates, follow the below links:

Please note, the Community Ideas and Development Fund has now replaced the Resilience, Ideas and Innovation Fund launched in 2019.

For more information about A Better Start Southend, please contact abss@eyalliance.org.uk