Esh Group, supported by the Esh Charitable Trust, is offering an exciting opportunity of a grant of up to £1,000 for community projects in its operational areas across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and Scotland.

Esh Communities is launching for the fourth consecutive year in October 2015 and since its launch has awarded 93 organisations with over £90,000.00. On average, each successful applicant received an average of £960.86.

Applications are sought from projects that align with at least 1 of our core values:

To improve the quality of life for local residents
To support disadvantaged or vulnerable communities
To increase prospects of becoming employed
Promoting equality by engaging minority and hard to reach groups

Esh Communities is now closed. The deadline for applications was Friday 27th November 12:00pm.

Applicants will be notified of whether their application is successful or unsuccessful by Friday 18th December. With a view to award successful projects w/c 4th January.

Please email addedvalue@esh.uk.com with any questions or queries.

 

FAQs

WHAT IS THE ESH CHARITABLE TRUST?

The Esh Charitable Trust (ECT) is Esh Group’s in house charity which Esh Group allocates a certain percentage of profits to each year. Having a charitable trust allows our community contributions to be allocated in an organised and manageable way.

WHO IS THE ECT BOARD?

The Trust is governed overall by an independent Board of up to twelve trustees which will sanction awards. These individuals have been chosen because of their belief in Esh, their own contribution to the region and their willingness to give freely of their expertise for such a worthwhile causes.

WHAT IS THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS?

12:00 Noon on Friday 27th November 2015

HOW MUCH CAN BE APPLIED FOR?

Esh Charitable Trust (ECT) will accept applications for funding of up to £1,000. Any applications exceeding this will be capped at £1000.00.

HOW WILL APPLICATIONS BE JUDGED?

Applications will be judged initially by Esh Group’s Added Value Team, then by the Esh Charitable Trust Board. Projects which demonstrate ability to have a positive impact on their community will be shortlisted to receive funding.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email by Friday 19th December 2015, with a view to release the first 50% of funding by January 2016. If you have any queries relating to your application you may contact addedvalue@esh.uk.com

HOW WILL YOU RECEIVE YOUR FUNDING?

Funding will be issued in two equal amounts. The first payment will be made via cheque distributed by post. The second half of the funding will be issued in person by a member of Esh Group staff during an interim visit.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ‘INTERIM VISIT’?

A member of Esh Group staff will come to your project to meet with members of your organisation and/or the beneficiaries of the grant. They will take some photos, hear more about how the project and issue the funding. At Esh we look forward to visits like this; it’s a great chance for us to learn more about your organisation and allows us to improve our understanding of community issues in our operational areas.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INTERIM VISIT?

Once the interim visit has been completed, you should carry on with the clear aim of completing your project.

Hints & Tips

Please see below some hints and tips for what makes a successful application…

Using the correct contact details

Ensure your primary contact is the person we can contact for the day to day running of the project. We don’t require details of a senior member of staff, but someone which is available majority of the time and for which we can ask questions, retrieve photographs/quotes and organise visits and events with.

Spelling and Grammar

Spelling mistakes (especially in names and email addresses) can result in correspondence about the outcome of your application to be sent to the wrong person. General spelling and grammar in applications is important to ensure the trustees hear the message that your application is trying to convey.

Word Count

Keep to the word count for each question to ensure your answers are clear and concise. Copying and pasting information direct from other bodies of text can swamp the application with excessive content which isn’t as important.

Attachments

We do not accept photographs, brochures or additional attachments as part of your applications. If the detail is of extreme importance, please include a web-link.

Repeat Applications

Esh Communities accepts applications from organisations who have applied before. 1 application per organisation will be accepted.

Funding Breakdown

It is not common for funding to be awarded towards organisations ‘running costs’. Applications should focus the funding on an aspect of the project and provide details in the funding break down of what this would be.

Contact us

Esh Added Value’s operational bases are located across the North of England so enabling our team to easily and directly support Esh Group’s commercial operations.

Our offices

Esh House
Bowburn North Industrial Estate
Bowburn
Durham
DH6 5PF

Esh Building
Baker Road
Nelson Industrial Estate
Cramlington
NE23 1WL

3360 The Pentagon
Century Way
Thorpe Park
Leeds
LS15 8ZB

Botany Mill
Roxburgh St
Galashiels
TD1 1PB

4 Houstoun Interchange
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 5DW

Rhymers Mill
Earlston
Berwickshire
TD4 6DG

Marconi Road
Burgh Road Industrial Estate
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA2 7NA

Helm Bank
Natland
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 7PS

Contact details