The Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST) provides charitable grants in support of sport and in particular football and cricket. The geographical area in which it operates is strictly limited to the County of Essex (including the unitary authorities of Southend-on-sea and Thurrock and the London boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest) .

Grants must be in accordance with the objectives of the charity.

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2018/2019 Events Update

EASST Launches Small Grants for Cricket Scheme

In January 2018 EASST established a new joint venture fund called the EASST Small Grants for Cricket Scheme with Essex Cricket in the Community  (previously known as the Essex County Cricket Board). This provides small charitable grants of up to £2,000 to cricket organisations in Essex. Essex Cricket in the Community invites, receives and assesses funding applications that meet the criteria of the Fund and make recommendations on each application before they are presented to the EASST Trustees for approval. Applications must be for no more than half of the project or purchase cost. EASST has initially committed £25,000 to this new venture and by 30 June 2018 seven grants to cricket clubs had been approved under this scheme to West Essex, Newham, High Beach, Little Hallingbury, Vision Redbridge, Galleywood and Rankins. For more information please contact Graham Jelley, Cricket Development Manager, Essex Cricket.

In 2017 the Trustees received approval from the Charity Commission to expand grant making activities into the areas of East London that were traditionally attached to Essex – now known as the London Boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest. For our first venture in this area we have teamed up with Leyton Orient Trust and are supporting their community projects.

The Trustees continued their support for Southend United Community and Educational Trust and EASST has now contributed over £300,000 to this organisation since 2002.

Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund (ESSCF), which is our joint venture with Essex Community Foundation (ECF) that supports individuals to further their sporting ambitions, grows from strength to strength. It made 21 grants to individuals in the year. The Trustees are enormously proud of the achievements of the recipients of these grants which have been outstanding. They are a great advertisement for our county. Many have starred in major competitions where they became champions and medallists. 17 year old Emma Russell from Chelmsford became the Junior Girls 2018 European Canoe Marathon Champion in Croatia and the fastest under 23 female in the UK in her new kayak which our ESSC fund helped her to buy; 18 year old Kiera Tippett from Castle Point was crowned European Champion in the female 18-19 year old category in the triathlon championships in Estonia: 10 year old Shamiso Ndoro from Southend was ranked fifth in the world out of 110 competitors from 87 countries in the prestigious Smirkva Bowl in Croatia in the world’s biggest tennis event for those aged ten and under; 18 year old Jordan Farrugia from Chelmsford helped the British under 19 rafting team to become silver medallists in the World Rafting championships in Japan in October 2017; 20 year old swimmer Nirari Youssefi-Titchen from Colchester won two bronze medals for England in the 2018 Cerebral Palsy World Games in Spain; 17 year old Grace Goodall from Benfleet won a bronze medal for GB in the European Age Group Triathlon Championships in Glasgow in August 2018; 15 year old Jessica Oaten from Basildon helped GB to a bronze medal in the European Deaf Swimming championships in Poland in June 2018; 15 year old Jessica Hopkins from Braintree was selected for England in the under 17 girls’ heptathlon.

From inception in 2002 to 30th June 2018, EASST has made 201 grants with a total value of £1.35m, approved seven grants under the Small Grants for Cricket Scheme and jointly approved with ECF 84 grants from the ESSCF with a value of £201,000.

Details of how to apply for grants can be found on our Activities page. Applicants are reminded that the EASST trustees are not prepared to make grants for more than 50% of the cost of any project. The remainder must be raised by grants from other parties, sponsorship or be available from the applicants own resources. 

As always our thanks to the Patrons and Garon Park Supporters who have contributed to the public appeal.

The standing order form is here and view a list of Garon Park Patrons here. Alternatively gift aid donations of any amount are welcomed in support of this project. The gift aid form is here.

For any further information please call Joe Sims on 01245 227636 or email Joe.



Nirair Youssef-Titchen (20) from Colchester won two bronze medals for England in the 2018 Cerebral Palsy World Games in Spain.

EASST support Premier League Kicks, a free program for 8-19 year olds to help improve their football skills, in cooperation with the Premier League. The cheque was presented by EASST Trustees to Geoffrey King and Dales Spilby of Southend United CET. EASST's funding support over 955 young people on Premier League Kicks enabling SUCET to deliver over 40 weeks of football sessions at 7 different venues.

EASST launched its expansion into the old Essex boroughs of East London by supporting Leyton Orient Trust’s community programmes.




The Worshipful the Mayor of Southend, Councillor Gwen Horrigan and former England and Essex captain Graham Gooch formally opened the new outdoor cricket nets funded by EASST at Garon Park on Friday 1 August 2008. The trustees authorised a grant of £30,828 for this project in addition to the continuing financial support for a full time resident groundsman at the Park.

Contact EASST: The Essex and Southend Sports Trust, Red House, Larks Lane, Great Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 1AD Telephone: 01245 360 385 Facsimile: 01245 360 303 Registered Charity Number 1092238