Cabinet has agreed how more than £300,000 of grants to the voluntary sector will be managed.
At the meeting this week (Wednesday 12 December), Members agreed that Thurrock CVS would continue administering the Voluntary Sector Corporate Grants Programme for three years starting in April 2018.
The programme is a key source of funding for the voluntary sector within Thurrock and helps support organisations such as Open Door, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, and Thurrock Play Network.
A panel made up of representatives from Thurrock Council and CVS will review the submissions and award three year grants before April 2018. The application process will support applications for one year grants from May 2018.
Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet Member responsible for the voluntary sector, said: "We are proud to support the vital work these charities and organisations do for our residents.
"In this financial year, the investment we made brought a further £1.4million into Thurrock as a result of external and match funding. This is great news for Thurrock, the voluntary groups in the borough and the residents who they help."