Community grants and funding

Community Environmental Development Fund

The Community Environmental Development Fund is now closed for applications.

For 3 years, from April 2016 to March 2019, the fund invited bids from communities that wished to benefit local people by:

  • improving the environment of the borough
  • increase safety in communities or on our highways

In particular, the fund aimed to benefit children, young people, older people and vulnerable people.

Each application for funding was considered by a panel, and grants were awarded for projects or activities in Thurrock where there was evidence they:

  • met a community need
  • were value for money
  • were well planned
  • had long-term benefits
  • could keep going without further funding from the council
  • had expenditure that can be accounted

The following applicants were successful with their bids.

Grants awarded for 2018/19

Organisation Grant Purpose
Thames Rugby Football Club £44,855 Towards a new self-supporting roof to meet regulations and make the facility look better, encouraging more use.
Frost Estate Community Association £75,762.48 Towards a second phase of road repairs for a safer environment, and to increase community spirit and well-being among residents who work together on the project.
Corringham 1st Scout Group £150,000 Demolition of the current scout hall, which is beyond repair, and work towards building a new scout hall for present activities and more use by community groups.
Thurrock Christian Fellowship – Treasure Children Forever £20,000 Demolition of dilapidated garages so a safe educational garden can be installed to benefit children using the nursery and the wider community.
Friends of Hardie Park £14,000 Towards the installation of a new 'mega slide' at Hardie Park, to encourage outside play.
Thurrock Mind £40,000 Towards the development of new dwellings to support adults with mental health needs to live independently.
Stanford-le-Hope Christmas Lights £9,000 Towards the purchase of Christmas lights and better infrastructure in Stanford-le-Hope.
Purfleet Community Forum £6,706.80 Towards the restoration of the Beacon at Purfleet so it can be used for community events at important dates, including the commemoration of the end of the First World War.
WELCOM Community Forum £1,752 Towards the restoration of the Beacon at Coalhouse Fort so it can be used for community events at important dates, including the commemoration of the end of the First World War.

Grants awarded for 2017/18

Organisation Grant Purpose
Orsett Community Forum and Orsett Cricket Ground £57,900 Improved recreational facilities and expansion of the site, including a green gym at Orsett Recreation Ground to encourage more physical activity.
Hillside Scout Group £39,188 Towards renovating the scout hall, including roof, kitchen and disabled access to facilities.
Thurrock Mind £30,990 Towards a new facility helping people with mental health needs to access well-being activities, groups and training.
Corringham, Fobbing and Homesteads Community Forum £24,688.80 Towards the purchase of Christmas lights and improved infrastructure at Corringham town centre.
Friends of Blackshots £18,000 Towards improved facilities at the King George V Playing Field, Blackshots, including safer play.
Lightship Café £15,000 Improved facilities at Grays Beach Park, including new play equipment and sand.
The Martial Academy £13,249.72 To buy equipment for supported physical activity and exercise, especially for people with mobility difficulties.
Friends of Gobions Park £10,800 Towards improved signage and information at Gobions Park, East Tilbury to encourage people to use the park and to increase civic pride.
Blackshots Senior Citizens Bowling Club £6,000 Towards better security and winter warmth so more social activities can take place out of season for the wider community.
Corringham Primary School Parent Teacher Association £4,000 Towards a new wildlife area and pond at Corringham Primary School to benefits pupils and the wider community.

Grants awarded for 2016/17

Organisation Grant Purpose
Belhus Park Scout Group £25,400 To fully renovate the kitchen and toilets, to improve the environment of the hall, and to help keep children off the street.
East Thurrock Community Association £21,420 Repair of the car park at a community venue to help avoid falls and to relieve congestion at school times by allowing parents its use.
Frost Estate Community Association £126,000 Repair of roads for a safer environment, and to increase community spirit and well-being among residents who work together on the project.
Thurrock Harriers £706 Improved signs, especially for safer parking and disabled parking.
United Services Bowls Club £7,075 Improvements to safety and access for an ageing and disabled community so they can continue to exercise through sport, and to encourage new members.