Our Colchester

Our Colchester - COVID-19 RECOVERY FUND

Applications will open Monday 1st March 2021 and close on Friday 26th March 2021

Our Colchester Covid-19 Recovery Fund | Guidance notes | Application form

The usual Create Fund delivery has been amended to the ‘Covid-19 Recovery Fund’ for the phase launching 1st March 2021. The Recovery Fund has been launched to encourage applications that support the town centre recovery from Covid-19 restrictions and therefore, all applications must be delivered within 6 months of the closing date, 26th March 2021.

The Business Improvement District (BID) has set aside £15,000 per financial year to contribute towards a selection of creative and innovative events and new project ideas that will have a positive impact in the BID area. An allocation of £5,000 has been set aside from each of the BID’s delivery streams: Connecting, Imagining, Invigorating.

All projects submitted must align with the BID’s strategic aims and will be assessed against these aims when the applications for funding are awarded. Applications will only be accepted from those adding extension/additionality to existing projects that now need to grow and develop. The applicant must present the ‘extension/additionality to their existing project’ within their application.

Funding applications must not exceed £5,000, applications exceeding this will be rejected.



When applying for funding, your application should demonstrate how you will achieve the following BID strategic aims:

  • Increase footfall within the BID area
  • Raise awareness of the Town Centre’s unique offerings
  • Enhance and improve the experience of those visiting the BID
  • Deliver a strong marketing offer to highlight Colchester’s hidden gems
  • Increase the safety of those using the BID area
  • Provide a cleaner and greener environment to attract visitors
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and crime within the BID
  • Enhance and improve the streetscape of the BID zone

Who can apply?

Community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a town centre project or event but need a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and launch their activity can apply.

To be eligible for the Our Colchester Covid-19 Recovery Fund, you must:

  • Be providing an event/project/initiative aimed at improving, enhancing the Colchester town centre.
  • Be based in England
  • Be a registered organisation, but not an individual.
  • Ensure your idea is for the town centre benefit
  • Be able to at least match fund the amount requested of the BID and this needs to be evidenced in the project action plan.
  • Deliver a project/event/initiative that will be delivered within 6 months of the closing date, 26th March

Eligible organisation types:

  • Limited Companies
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) registered with the CIC regulator
  • Limited liability partnerships registered at companies house
  • Partnerships established under a partnership deed/agreement
  • Community benefit and co-operative societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) registered with the Charity Commission


  1. Please read the 'Covid-19 Recovery Fund' fund document and guidance notes to see if you fit the criteria for this funding.
  2. If you feel as though you pass the criteria, please continue to complete the application form provided.
  3. Once you have completed the application form, please email this to hello@ourcolchester.co.uk.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email letting you know we have received your application.


Selection Process:

A panel, made up from BID Board and BID Advisory Group members, will discuss each application and make a decision as to which applications have been successful. We look forward to receiving your application for this fund.


If you have any questions or require further information on our 'BID Covid-19 Recovery' Fund, please email a member of our team at hello@ourcolchester.co.uk.

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Colchester Carnival Testimonial

The Colchester Carnival Committee was principally established by a team of Colchester Firefighters and a few previous organisers and persons with events experience, who had the vision to want to restore the Colchester Carnival back to the 2019 events calendar for our town. Despite the depth of knowledge and ambition the Committee had, we had time and event-specific information against us. This was a major barrier to achieving the level of sponsorship we ideally wanted and needed to stand alone in restoring the Carnival to the town in time for the September deadline. What we had achieved was to restore the enthusiasm and engagement in the event throughout local businesses, charities, clubs, associations and the emergency services who all serve Colchester Town Centre. Luckily for the 2019 Carnival, the Create Fund was established and opened in time to allow us the opportunity to apply. We were extremely fortunate to obtain the level of support we needed to ensure the Carnival took place and was a great success.

The Colchester Carnival Committee would like to formally thank the Create Fund team for backing the 2019 Carnival and helping to ensure it was once again returned to the town. Without the Create Fund there would have been a real possibility that the event would not have taken place at all. The Create Fund is incredibly helpful to the success of the Town Centre and in supporting voluntary groups who strive to put on events which promote the town centre and increase footfall which in turn benefits the traders and businesses.