The Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) is an independent constituted Strategic Arts and Heritage organisation funded through a collaborative initiative developed by a partnership between Essex County Council and Arts Council England, East (ACEE).

The plan for the project is based on extensive consultation commissioned by the partnership, with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as an in-depth comparative review of best practice from other similar projects. The ECDP aims to provide a focal point for the development, celebration and coordination of Essex's cultural diversity through arts and heritage activity.

The activities of the ECDP span the entire cultural sector including museums, heritage, libraries, archives and arts. Additionally, the ECDP aims to enhance and facilitate the participation and involvement of the region's BME communities in local arts and heritage activities, and to enable BME artists and practitioners to access appropriate support, showcasing and development opportunities.