Small Sparks

The Small Sparks match Fund is designed to offer funding to community-led projects across Thurrock that bring residents together to work on the things that matter to them and their community.

We hope that this fund will spark many projects over future years. Each project can apply for a matchfund of between £50 to £250.


How much funding is available?

Projects can apply for up to £250.00. Matching funds are available across Thurrock and will reside with Thurrock CVS.


Where does the decision making responsibility for Small Sparks Matching Funds for Thurrock reside?

The decision making responsibility resides with the initiating group which includes representatives from Thurrock CVS, Thurrock Council and individuals from the community. The Group will meet regularly to consider small Sparks applications. Members of the public are welcome to join the Group and take part in decisions about bids they do not have a direct interest in.


How will funds be administered?

Funds will be paid either by cheque or by bank transfer. Please let us know if your group does not have a bank account by contacting Debbie Buck 01375-389893 for alternative arrangements.


When should I apply?

Applicants should have a new idea, at least three other neighbours willing to pledge time and energy in the new idea to make it happen (this will be their match, each hour of their time will be valued at £12), and be prepared to come to a community celebration to present the results of their efforts. All ideas must be one off applications; amounts will be up to £250 per fund. 

For more information please contact

Small Sparks FAQs (pdf)


To apply complete the following form and return via email to

Application Form