Community grants and funding

Community Environmental Development Fund

The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) benefits local people by supporting them to improve the environment of the borough, or to increase safety in communities or on our highways.

The fund will support projects that either:

  • renew, improve or create a capital or fixed asset – that is, land, buildings or equipment
  • improve the appearance of the borough
  • transform or improve the quality or safety of residential streets – for example, repair of paths, practical solutions to prevent fly-tipping

In particular, it should benefit children, young people, older people or those who need extra support or care.

Who can apply

Grants will be awarded for projects and activities where there is evidence that they:

  • meet a community need in Thurrock
  • are value for money
  • are well planned, considering potential risks, and will be well managed
  • have long-term benefits
  • make a difference to the community
  • can get 10% of capital funds from another source
  • can keep going without further funding from the council
  • have expenditure that can be accounted, with evidence through receipts

We will not award grants for ineligible programmes such as:

  • fundraising or campaign activities
  • administrative costs
  • recoverable VAT
  • projects or activities that have already taken place
  • organisations that previously failed to meet terms and conditions for funding
  • on-going costs of any project already supported by the CEDF
  • projects with no long-term way to keep going
  • projects relating to the purchase of Christmas lights where the grant value will exceed £10,000

You can apply for the CEDF if you are either:

  • a community group with a constitution or set of rules that clearly define your group's aims, objectives and procedures, and with a bank or building society account in the name of your organisation that requires at least 2 signatures on each cheque or withdrawal
  • an individual with a constituted community group that is able to take receipt of the grant, with a bank or building society account in the name of the group that requires at least 2 signatures on each cheque or withdrawal

How to apply

You can apply by completing and sending us one of the application forms below:

You should include as much detail as possible about:

  • actual or estimated costs
  • actual or estimated funds to be raised from other sources

Projects must raise at least 10% of their total capital cost from either:

  • resident contributions
  • grant funding from other sources

The higher their proportion of funding from other sources, the more likely it is that suitable applicants will be successful.

Applications must be submitted not later than 5pm, Friday 31 May 2019.

What happens next

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 working days, or return it if incomplete.

An awards panel will assess applications from July 2019.

Successful applicants will be sent a grant offer letter and acceptance form in summer 2019. If your application is not successful we will tell you the main reasons why in a letter.

Previous projects

You can read about previous grant awards below.