Community grants and funding

Community Environmental Development Fund

This Community Environmental Development Fund supports communities and makes a real difference to the quality of life of people living in Thurrock. The deadline for grant applications is 11:59pm, Monday 2 August 2021.

Community Environmental Development Fund

The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) supports communities and makes a real difference to the quality of life of people living in Thurrock.

The fund provides capital grants to support projects that either:

  • renew, improve or create a community asset
  • transform a community asset so it supports the longer-term sustainability of a local organisation or initiative
  • can show a direct benefit to local communities, specifically improving the lives of children, young people, older people and vulnerable communities through community-led activities

When we talk about a community asset we mean land, buildings or equipment used for the well-being or social interest of the local community. Examples of community assets that have been supported by the programme in the past include village halls, parks, community centres and leisure facilities.

Who can apply

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

  • meet a community need
  • improve the lives of children, young people, older people and vulnerable communities
  • are value for money
  • are well planned, consider potential risks and will be well managed
  • have long-term benefits
  • can keep going without further funding from the council
  • have expenditure that can be accounted, with evidence through receipts
  • can get at least 10% of capital funds from another source
  • follow government guidelines for the effective control of coronavirus (COVID-19)

We will not award grants for ineligible programmes such as:

  • fundraising or campaign activities
  • administrative costs or recoverable VAT
  • projects or activities that have already taken place
  • feasibility studies
  • organisations that failed to meet the terms and conditions of funding in previous years
  • on-going maintenance costs of projects supported by the CEDF
  • projects with no long-term sustainability
  • projects relating to the purchase or installation of Christmas lights
  • projects that don't adhere to government guidelines for controlling coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 11:59pm, Monday 2 August 2021.

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.

The process is unlikely to conclude before October 2021 – keep this in mind when applying as we are unable to fast-track applications.

Find out more

To find out more about the grant application process, you can also attend one of the following free online question and answer sessions:

  • Thursday 27 May, from 3pm to 4:30pm
  • Monday 7 June, from 10am to 11:30am
  • Wednesday 9 June, from 6pm to 7:30pm

To take part in one of these sessions, or if you have any questions about the process, contact us by email at the address below.

Community Environmental Development Fund

: cedf@thurrock.gov.uk

The tables below show applicants that were successful with their bids in previous years.

Successful bids 2020/21

Organisation Grant Purpose
Corringham Village Hall £11,700 Completion of roofing repairs at Corringham Village Hall.
Bulphan Village Hall CIO £1,000 Restoration and replacement of surface at Bulphan Village Hall Car Park
Thurrock Christian Fellowship £19,358 To enlarge and extend the existing Foodbank warehouse space in Corringham a two floors with additional community space..
South Ockendon Village Hall Committee £17,485 Renovation of village hall including refit of bathrooms, repairs to main hall and overhaul of external fascia.
East Thurrock Community Association £42,686 Installation of energy efficiency measures, repairs to roof and installation of outdoor shelter
St Stephen's Trust £2,907 General repairs and purchase of various items for St. Stephen's Church including furniture and appliances
Thurrock and Brentwood Mind £44,507 To erect a conservatory on the rear of 152 Bridge Road and create a waiting room.
Cherrywood Scouts £10,250 Various improvements, maintenance to site and refurbishment of toilet blocks and installation of pedestrian gate.
Thurrock Play Network £21,200 Various improvements to building exterior including through replacement of pathways, installation of dropped kerb and roof repairs for storage containers
TAF – replacement laptops for Community Forums £5,500 Purchase of replacement laptops to support future engagement with residents during and after COVID-19 restrictions
Friends of Dilkes Park £882 Refurbishment of the existing pond within Dilkes Park. Pond Clearance, shrub pruning, replacement/repair of the wooden platforms, new interpretation signage and a picnic table.
Chadwell St Mary Scouts £34,000 Refurbishment of toilets and kitchen, removal and replacement of heating system, installation of an accessible toilet and baby changing
AVCF Community Improvement Plan 1 £2,652 Purchase of indoor/outdoor cinema and PA system, jukebox and additional appliances.
Friends of Grays Town Park £60,000 To revive the landscaped garden in Grays Town Park, along the East side/Bridge Road entrance – improving steep pathway and re-landscaping the garden and transforming the disused shelter into Grays Town Park Café.

Successful bids 2019/20

Organisation Grant Purpose
Thurrock Martial Academy £7,100 Equipment to support children's sports and gym activity, improving access to physical activity.
Corringham and Fobbing Community Forum £5,500 Planters and bench to support a community planting scheme.
The Tilbury Band £4,000 Improved security at the Band Hall, Tilbury.
Brandon Groves Roofing Project £900 Roof repairs to ensure the community hall continues to be used locally.
Hillside Scouts £7,940 Improved security including new fire safety measures.
Purfleet on Thames Community Forum £3,176 Portable projector, screen, PA system and flood lighting to enable the outside showing of films.
Lightship Cafe £2,465.52 Replace worn out planters to enhance the local environment.
Frost Estate Community Association. £56,684.88 Towards a third phase of road repairs for a safer environment, and to increase community spirit and well-being among residents who work together on the project.
Thurrock Play Network £50,889 Internal improvements to improve the floor space to deliver more wellbeing activities.
Brandon Groves £14,000 New heating and air conditioning for the hall used by the community.
Thurrock Harriers £8,400 Remarking of 8-lane running track at Thurrock Harriers.
Stanford Scouts £11,942 Replacement of flooring to improve safety for all users.
East Thurrock Community Association £40,000 Improvements to efficiency and energy efficiency including double glazing, replaced lighting with LED, installing a gas boiler and rendering.
Blackshots Greens Liaison Group £27,000 Replacement of south bowling green at Blackshots to increase opportunities for participation.
St Michael's Church £13,700 Improved community space to support an increase in activities to benefit the wider community.

Successful bids 2018/19

Organisation Grant Purpose
Thames Rugby Football Club £44,855 Towards a new self-supporting roof to meet regulations and to make the facility more aesthetically pleasing, encouraging greater use.
Frost Estate Community Association £75,762.48 Towards phase two repair of roads to ensure a safer environment and increased community spirit and well-being amongst residents by working together to achieve this project.
Corringham 1st Scout Group £150,000 Demolition of the existing scout hall which is beyond repair and pursuit of a new scout hall to support existing activity as well as enabling wider use of the asset by other community groups.
Thurrock Christian Fellowship – Treasure Children Forever £20,000 Demolition of dilapidated garages to enable a safe educational garden to 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, encouraging 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 improved infrastructure in Stanford-le-Hope.
Purfleet Community Forum £6,706.80 Towards the restoration of the Beacon at Purfleet-on-Thames so that it can be used for community events around significant dates including the commemoration of the end of WW1.
WELCOM Community Forum £1,752 Towards the restoration of the Beacon at Coalhouse Fort so that it can be used for community events around significant dates including the commemoration of the end of WW1.

Successful bids 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 dedicated and accessible resource supporting 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 purchase equipment for physical activity and exercise in a supported environment, 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 increased security and winter warmth to enable more social activities out of season for the wider community.
Corringham Primary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) £4,000 Towards a new wildlife area and pond at Corringham Primary School to benefits pupils and the wider community.

Successful bids 2016/17

Organisation Grant Purpose
Belhus Park Scout Group £25,400 To fully renovate the kitchen and the boys and girls toilets. Improve the environment for the users of the hall. Keeping children off the street and in a safe environment with healthy activities.
East Thurrock Community Association £21,420 Repair of the car park at a community venue to avoid falls and to relieve congestion at school times by allowing parents to use the car park facility.
The Frost Estate Community Association £126,000 Repair of roads to ensure a safer environment and increased community spirit and well-being amongst residents by working together to achieve this project.
Thurrock Harriers £706 Improved signage especially to enable safer parking for increased disabled parking.
United Services Bowls Club £7075 To encourage new members and improve the safety and ease of access for an ageing and disabled community so they can continue to exercise through sport.