Grants for organisations supporting people into work and training

Could you help support people to get into work and training?
Do you have the knowledge and expertise to provide support, skills development, training, empowerment and wellbeing?

TILBURY CLLD is an exciting and innovative project that aims to reach out to those living in Tilbury, who face considerable barriers to getting into work, and help them overcome them. Thurrock Council, which is leading the project, is calling for organisations to apply for grants to provide practical and sustained support to those who need to overcome issues in respect of work, training and business.

TILBURY CLLD is part-funded by the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). The project will run until September 2022. Grant funding of £1.77million has been made available from the European Social Fund (ESF), which forms part of the ESIF fund. Applications for more than £900,000 in Round 2 funding will be open in September 2019. All grant applicants will be required to secure 50 per cent match funding.


Key Project Dates

To be advised. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Programme Team at for an informal discussion on their project ideas. 

 The project aims to harness strong ties and establish new ones, with community, private and public sector organisations which share a desire to use the opportunity that Community Led Local Development (CLLD) will bring to Tilbury’s communities.

CLLD puts the community at the heart of developing specific, tailored and accessible services and support that goes beyond what is currently provided in the area. Support and services can only be made available to people living in specific postcode areas of Tilbury. The TILBURY CLLD map shows the project area and the TILBURY CLLD Postcode List allows you to check eligibility.


What does the project want to achieve?

The governing board of the project, the Tilbury Local Action Group (LAG), has identified three strategic actions that will help meet the project’s objectives.

Support Local People to access local jobs and develop their skills

Total budget

Employment readiness and skills support run in Tilbury, aimed at individuals facing specific barriers to employment or training.


Tackle the barriers facing people furthest from the labour market

Total budget

Bespoke training, mentoring and work readiness activity run in Tilbury to support individuals who face multiple and complex barriers to employment or training; and


Helping organisations and networks to advocate for and to champion local people with physical and mental health issues, substance abuse and other issues that act as barriers into work.

Working with existing services to reach people needing extra support and to maximise the use of current provision.

Encourage local civic action, pride and volunteering as routes into work for the strategy

Total budget

A programme of outreach and capacity building to enable residents to volunteer and take part in other community work that will enable them to gain job-relevant skills and experience.


If you would like further information, read the TILBURY CLLLD Project Strategy


For further details about LAG and to find out when they meet, please visit the Thurrock Council website.


Understanding the Grant Funding 

To understand the operation of the grant programme you will need to download and read the following:

Please note, both the guidance notes and grant manual provide links to the European funding requirements. They are often detailed but it is important that you understand what funding cannot be paid by the project.

You may also find it helpful to download and look at the following:

Next Steps

I would like to be a part of the project, so what is the process? 

Step 1. Please register at to attend our Introductory Session on Wednesday 20th March at the Stifford Hall Hotel, High Road, North Stifford, Grays, RM16 5UE. Sessions begin at 9.30am. Please download the Tilbury CLLD call for proposals.


Step 2. Download Tilbury CLLD Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ)

Before submitting an Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ) all potential applicants are advised to attend the Introductory Session.

  • Once we have received your Eligibility Questionnaire we will assess it against the project’s eligibility criteria
  • The Local Action Group will review and make its decision and invite successful applicants to make a full application 


My EQ has been successful, and I have been asked to make a full application. What happens next? 

Step 3. Download TILBURY CLLDS’s Project Application Form, Financial Table (document one) and Output / Results Table (document two).

  • Applicants are strongly advised to attend a free of charge Project Application Workshop held to support applicants at this stage. Friday 7th June 2019
  • Each applicant will be required to submit a list of questions and a draft application form three days before attending the workshop.

 What happens after I have submitted my full application?

  • All projects will be assessed using a standardised project assessment method. If you would like to see this, please refer to the TILBURY CLLD Grant Assessment Form
  • The Local Action Group will review and make its decision
  • If you have been successful you will be sent an award letter and a funding agreement template. Successful applicants will be supported in developing a funding agreement with Thurrock Council.