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.

Specifically, the fund will support projects that either:

  • improve street scene furniture in line with the government Manual for Streets
  • renew, improve or create a capital or fixed asset – that is, land, buildings or equipment
  • improve the appearance of the borough

This year the fund has a budget of over £300,000, which:

  • will be shared between successful applicants from summer 2018 onwards
  • must be spent before the end of March 2019

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

We will not award grants for:

  • projects or activities that have already taken place
  • projects with no long-term way to keep going
  • on-going costs of any project already supported by the CEDF
  • fundraising or campaign activities
  • administrative costs
  • recoverable VAT
  • organisations that previously failed to meet terms and conditions for funding

You can apply for the CEDF if you are

  • 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 25 May 2018.

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 in July 2018.

Successful applicants will be sent a grant offer letter and acceptance form in summer 2018. If your application is not successful we will tell you the main reasons why in a letter.

Grants will be paid in full directly into each community group's bank or building society account once they have agreed the terms and conditions and returned the acceptance form.

Grants must be spent before the end of March 2019 and may be used only for the purpose set out in the original application.

Within 3 months of the project completion date, and no more than 12 months from the date of the grant funding agreement, you must complete:

  • a project evaluation form
  • a certification of expenditure form, with details of all relevant expenditure

Previous projects

You can read about previous grant awards below.