Tilbury CLLD start up and small (SME) business improvement grants

Grant funding of £123,000 is available through Tilbury CLLD, led by Thurrock Council, to help local businesses start up and grow. The minimum sized grant application is £2,000, with £1,000 of funding provided by the Tilbury CLLD grant and the remaining £1,000 funded by the business. The maximum project size is £8,000. However, in exceptional circumstances projects up to £20,000 may be considered if the grant will lead to the creation of additional jobs: this figure includes 50% business match funding.


Business Start-up Grants

(Available to people starting up a business or a small business started less than 12 months ago)

Business Frontage Improvement Grants

(Available to all small and medium sized businesses (SMEs*) in selected parts of Tilbury)

Where do I have to be based?

Start-up companies can apply for grant funding if they are in Tilbury St Chads or Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park Wards. Please use the postcode checker to make sure you are eligible.

Where do I have to be based?

For businesses looking to improve their business frontage you must be based on Calcutta Road, Montreal Road, in Civic Square or on Dock Road, between Russell Road and Montreal Road.

What is funded?


  • IT hardware (Less than £5,000)
  • Phone systems and mobile phones
  • Uniforms (if branded)
  • Materials and equipment for research and development (not for sale)


Marketing, publicity costs

  • Signage
  • Products for display or demonstration (not for sale)
  • Advertising
  • Website development costs


Procured goods/services/works

  • Training for staff that benefits enterprise’s productivity or safety
  • Business certification and accreditation
  • IT software
  • External consultants
  • Facilities hire: specialist of lab facilities for R&D etc.


What is funded?

Appearance and marketing enhancements

  • Signage
  • Products for display or demonstration (stock or items to be sold are not permitted)
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Brick cleaning
  • Painting
  • Other


How many new businesses do want to support with grant funding?


How many businesses frontages do we want to see improved with grant funding?


Other project targets?

We want more jobs to be created in Tilbury. Projects which offer additional jobs will achieve higher scoring during the application assessment.



*SMEs are individual firms which have less than 250 employees and a turnover under £44million (€50million).

Some business sectors are not eligible, including:


  • Banking and insurance, including insurance brokers
  • Educational establishments providing generalised (school age) education
  • Charities and voluntary sector organisations (without a trading arm)
  • Membership organisations that are politically affiliated

 When are grants going to be available?


1st round deadlines

2nd round deadlines

3rd round deadlines

Eligibility Questionnaire Available

11 March 2019



Deadline for completed Eligibility Questionnaires

05.04.19 (5pm)

27.05.19 (5pm)

16.09.19 (5pm)

Deadline for completed grant applications

10.05.19 (5pm)

05.07.19 (5pm)

25.10.19 (5pm)

LAG Grant Panel meet and approve grants

w/c 27.5.19

w/c 22.07.19

w/c 11.11.19

Next Steps

I would like to apply for a grant? What is the first step?

Step 1. Your business need to be based in the Tilbury CLLC area. If you think you are, now check using the Tilbury Postcode Lookup . If you want to improve your business frontage please check the Business Frontage Improvement Map to make sure you are in the eligible area.



My postcode is a match. What next? 

Step 2. You will need to complete an Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ), you may also need to complete Annex 1: Eligibility Questionnaire

All potential applicants can contact Thurrock Borough Council’s CLLD team by email tilburyCLLD@thurrock.gov.uk for support in completing questionnaires.

  • Once we have received your completed questionnaire, the Local Action Group (LAG) will assess it against the project’s eligibility criteria
  • If everything is OK you will be asked to fill in a grant application.


My business is eligible. I have been asked to complete a grant application form. Will I get help to do this? 

Step 3. You need to complete a Grant Application Form

  • Again, applicants can contact Thurrock Council’s CCLD team by email tilburyCLLD@thurrock.gov.uk for support in completing forms.
  • You will also be able to have telephone support from an EU funding expert to answer any questions you may have

(You might also find it helpful to look at Tilbury CCLDs Sustainable Development Policy and Equality and equal opportunities Policy)


I have completed and submitted my Grant Application Form. What happens next?

  • All applications will be assessed against a standard set of questions and scored. This is to make sure that all the requirements of the European funds are met.
  • The LAG will then review and decide if your grant is approved.


Tilbury CLLD is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). The project will run until December 2022. Grant funding has been made available to the project from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which forms part of the ESIF fund.