Thousands available for community grants

LOCAL groups in Thurrock have a month to seek a grant if they have ideas or plans for something which will enhance their community.

The Community Grants programme provides grants from £500 to £5,000 for revenue or small capital purchases up to £1,000 and applications are being sought now – with a closing date of midnight on Monday, 7 October.

The aim of the community grants is to enable the voluntary sector to make a visible difference to life in Thurrock. Thurrock’s voluntary sector already makes a huge contribution to the services available and the vibrancy of the Borough. Thurrock Council wants to encourage this and the Community Grants is one way in which we can encourage and support activity.

In addition, there is a Small Sparks Fund which aims to match a resident’s time given with small grants up to £250 to make a difference locally. The proposals have to be neighbourhood based – or Thurrock wide – and something positive that is fun and benefits the community – something that reaches out to local people and engages them around a common interest.

Cllr Lynn Worrall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “Small Sparks helps people take local action, get people who don’t know each other to come together and make the most of neighbourhood resources.

“Some good examples could be organising a music festival or drama event; a walking group, sports event, or community supper.

“This also highlights our commitment to working with the voluntary sector; these grants are being administered through the Thurrock Council for Voluntary Services, an organisation which has also provided some of the funding for the Small Sparks fund.”

More information on both funds as well as funding from other local funders will be available at the Funders Fayre on Tuesday, 10 September between 2pm and 6pm at The Beehive in Grays.

Application forms are available by e-mail from grants@thurrockcvs.org or by clicking the following link http://www.thurrockcvs.org/Core/Thurrock-CVS/Pages/Small_Sparks_1.aspx

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