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.

See more detailed guidelines to our activities.

View the press releases

2017/2018 Events Update

EASST Expands into East London

In 2017 the Trustees decided to expand the geographical area for which it is prepared to make charitable grants in support of sport to include areas of East London that were traditionally attached to Essex. This was approved by the Charity Commission in July and the Trustees are now prepared to consider grant applications, consistent with its objectives, from organisations and individuals based in 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.

At the time of writing are in discussions to make our first grants into the 'Old Essex' area of East London with particular reference to grants in support of cricket and football.

The Trustees made grants of £92,374 in the financial year ended 30 June 2017. In addition the Essex and Southend Sports Community Fund (ESSCF), our joint venture with the Essex Community Foundation, made grants totalling a further £30,976. Further details of Grant Making activities in 2016/17 can be found on our grants page or view here: Press Release on our grant to Essex County Cricket Board and news of our grant to Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET).

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.



EASST enhanced its support for cricket across Essex in 2017 with a grant of £31,000 to the Essex County Cricket Board. EASST trustees Peter Butler and Joe Sims present the cheque to Essex Cricket CEO Derek Bowden and Essex CCC Chairman of Cricket Ronnie Irani.

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 provided a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of a new RIB-Rigid inflatable safety boat for Essex Yacht Club which is based on the Wilton ship in Leigh-on-Sea.


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