A CROSS party panel set up to review applications for communities to improve their environment has approved ten applications totaling over £200,000.
The Community Environmental Development Fund (CEDF) was set up in February 2016 for Thurrock groups to apply for funding for use on projects which will improve the local environment and to increase safety in communities.
Each applicant had to raise at least 10% match funding, and set out how their project would result in an improved environment or asset for their community.
Chair of the Panel, Cllr Sue Little said: “We considered a wide range of proposals which would benefit residents of all ages and different backgrounds through improved facilities, new equipment and renovated open spaces.
“It was very clear from the applications just how much passion people hold for their local areas, and this fund is a good opportunity for residents to tell us what matters to them – and what they can do to make a difference.”
A full list of successful applications is available via thurrock.gov.uk/cedf
The CEDF fund will be open for applications from next year, with any unallocated funds carried forward in 2018/19.
Community groups can register their interest via thurrock.gov.uk/cedf to receive notice of future application rounds, including briefing events.