About the Board

About the Board

About the Board2024-01-08T13:55:48+00:00

Introducing the Community Investment Board

In November 2021, Southend on Sea City Council allocated £1.5 million from their budget to the Community Investment Board (CIB) via the Community Investment Fund (CIF). The CIB is hosted by the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS). The CIB’s mission is to enhance inclusivity and prosperity in Southend by investing in people and community projects that positively impact locals. Neither the Council nor SAVS has control over how the funds are utilised; it’s entirely at the CIB’s discretion, aligning with their vision, mission, and the Southend 2050 Outcomes and Themes.

The Southend 2050 Outcomes and Themes establish long-term objectives for the city, covering economic prosperity, public health, environmental sustainability, and social inclusivity. Successful management of the CIF prompted the Board to take charge of additional funding streams, including Active Southend, Southend Education Trust, and City Celebration funding. This transition aims to foster a more vibrant and prosperous Southend, emphasising community-driven initiatives in line with the city’s future goals.

Our Values, Vision and Mission.

The Board have developed their ideas and understanding of the assets and challenges in Southend and determined their values, vision and mission. Our values are:

  • Responsibility
  • Cooperation
  • Commitment
  • Empathy
  • Transparency

Underpinned by Independence and Inclusivity

Our Vision is of a sustainable Southend where residents engage in their wider communities and are empowered to realise and reach their full potential. In a city they are proud of, feel safe in and can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives

Our Mission is to create sustainable and resilient communities in Southend where residents are motivated to take community-led action to improve mental health and health inequalities by utilising their strengths and assets

Key Themes we are seeking to invest in

  1. Young People: To enable young people to maximise their health and wellbeing through increased resilience
  2. Improve Community Spaces: To enable communities to improve public spaces to build stronger health and wellbeing. Spaces that are safe and that local residents are proud of – indoor and outdoor
  3. Reduce Poverty: To ensure local residents realise and reach their aspirations. The Board are keen to support those with ideas around out of working hours support, activities for those living with addiction and that reduce isolation and loneliness
  4. Enhance a Thriving Voluntary Sector: To deliver the Board’s vision


Invested so far


Projects supported

Meet the Board

The Community Investment Board is made up of a maximum of 15 Southend residents who volunteer their time to invest funds in projects that will improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community

The Board comprises individuals from different areas of Southend-on-Sea who have first hand experience in using various community, health, and social care services, as well as engaging in arts and culture

Rashida Chowdhury

Trevor Harp

Clare Littleford

Paula Morgan

Janice Pitch

Hijrat Rahimi

Mike Roffey

Jenny Wood

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers about the Board and the projects it funds

Who can be a Board member?2023-09-04T10:48:11+00:00

If you are a resident of the City of Southend, over 18 years old, and not a trustee or staff member of an organisation that may apply for funding, you can become a board member.

If you are interested in joining the Board, please click here to find out more.


How can I give my thoughts on what the Board should be investing in?2023-09-04T11:04:31+00:00

The Community Investment Board is always open to hearing new ideas and encourages you to share them via email at cib@savs-southend.co.uk.

Additionally, a Community Reference Group has been established alongside the board, with the aim of bringing together local voluntary and community groups, as well as health and care professionals, to help assist the board in making informed decisions based on the needs of Southend.

For further details, see, ‘Community Reference Group‘.

What investments are currently open?2023-09-25T08:29:41+00:00

Please visit the ‘Available Investments‘ page to find out what funding is currently open for applications.

To receive notifications of when new funding has opened, please sign up for the SAVS weekly email by clicking here.

How quickly will I receive a decision on my application?2023-09-04T10:40:19+00:00

Our Board is dedicated to processing applications in a timely manner. To ensure efficiency, they meet monthly. Throughout the application process, you’ll receive regular updates on its progress and receive comprehensive feedback upon completion. We value transparency and strive to provide clear communication regarding our decisions.

What’s the application process?2023-09-04T10:41:13+00:00

The Community Investment Board manages different funds with different requirements. The procedures for each application may vary, but they are designed to be accessible to everyone. Please review the guidelines for the fund you’re interested in to learn how to apply. The Board is dedicated to keeping the application process straightforward and communicating all decisions made. If necessary, the Board may ask to meet with the applicant. If you have any doubts about submitting an application, please contact the Community Investment Fund Coordinator at cib@savs-southend.co.uk or 01702 356008, who will provide assistance.

Will I need to provide any paperwork if awarded funds?2023-09-08T14:13:30+00:00

When applying for funding, most applicants will be required to submit their most recent set of accounts. If your accounts are less than 18 months old, you may provide a budget for the upcoming year. Additionally, you will need to provide your governing document (such as mems and arts or a constitution), as well as safeguarding, equality and diversity policies. If you do not have these documents or are unsure about their format, please contact the Community Investment Fund Coordinator for guidance. If you are awarded funds, you will need to confirm your bank details by sharing a bank statement from the last 3 months.

SAVS also offers support to groups, especially those who are just starting out, to help them get their paperwork in order. For further information, see – https://www.savs-southend.org

How will funds awarded be paid?2023-09-04T10:45:46+00:00

The awarded funds will be transferred through BACS into a bank account under the name of the leading organisation that applied. The account must have at least two unrelated signatories.

In cases where individuals can apply for funding, the funds will be transferred into the account of the leading applicant.

Who can apply for investment from the Community Investment Board?2023-09-21T08:33:16+00:00

The Community Investment Board provides investments for small charities, community groups, registered charities, and Friends of Statutory bodies like PTAs. Faith groups are also eligible as long as their activities do not promote or further religious beliefs.

However, individuals, sole traders, statutory organisations, political organisations, and limited companies cannot be considered unless a specific fund allows for it. Those with great ideas are encouraged to work with partners whenever possible.

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