Community funding available for good causes
Published 11th October 2021
Jonathan Kaye and Acehounds visit Conewood Manor
East Herts Council is looking for projects that strengthen the community involvement and lead to improved health and wellbeing of residents and recovery after Covid-19.

Earlier this year the council funded 17 organisations and wants to expand and diversify its portfolio of projects. Applications are welcomed from people of all backgrounds and particularly from organisations that support vulnerable people, people from black and ethnic minority communities and LGBTQ+ and these groups tend to be under-represented.

East Herts Council’s grant priorities this year are:

  • Health for all 
  • Community issues, including engaging and consulting
  • Arts and cultural activities that increase residents’ wellbeing 
  • Environmentally sustainable and accessible community buildings and green spaces.

Acehounds, a charity which seeks to enrich the lives of vulnerable people within our community and help sufferers of mental health with the aid of their gentle greyhounds, were awarded a grant of £7,500 by East Herts Council when they applied earlier this year. 

Elaine Sheppard, founder of Acehounds, said: "Thanks to the grant money we received to help with the valuable work that we do in the East Herts area, we are now expanding and aim to be able to visit more people isolated due to mental health, ageing and Covid in the East Herts area.

"We regularly visit Conewood Manor in Bishop's Stortford and it's very rewarding to see people’s faces light up when they see the dogs, and the gratitude we get from residents for them being able to interact with our hounds makes these visits so worthwhile. The residents tell us that we give them something to look forward to. Not only do the people we visit get pleasure from meeting the dogs, our Acehounds are also enjoying their outings visiting people. All the stroking and treats they are given makes them very happy dogs!"

Two online grants information and advice workshops will be held on Monday 8 November at 11am and Wednesday 10 November at 7pm. To book your space or discuss your ideas, contact    

Jonathan Kaye, executive member for communities at East Herts Council, said: "I recently visited Conewood Manor with Acehounds to see the brilliant work they are doing with the residents there with the financial support of East Herts Council. I would encourage groups to take full advantage of the online workshops to maximise the potential of your application."  

The application process will be open from Monday 18 October and will close on Tuesday 4 January 2022. For more information on the grants available and eligibility to apply, visit the council's website