Please note Small Sparks Funding applications are currently on hold until further notice.

What is Small Sparks Matching Funds?

Small Sparks Matching Funds offers funding for new one off projects in Thurrock’s Communities that bring residents together to work on the things that matter to them and their community.

Because the overall fund is matched 1:1 with community contribution in the form of resident time, the actual value of the Small Sparks Matching Fund will be double the cash contribution.

Each project can apply for a match fund of between £50 to £250. When the projects are finished they should:

  1. Involve at least four different residents for each of the project teams.
  2. Each project must have an equal match fund for the money they have asked for in the form of resident time and energy contributions. Each hour of resident time will be valued at £12 per hour.
  3. Projects should make the community look better and/or
  4. Bring people who are isolated or lonely together with other members of the community.
  5. Projects should not repeat what is already being done or use the Small Sparks fund if other sources of funding exist. If an alternative source of funding does exist the applicant will be encouraged and supported to pursue that funding.
  6. Projects must be a one off and not require long term funding.
  7. Projects should be completed within 16 weeks of receiving the funding.
  8. Project participants will be asked to tell the story of their project with pride.

To give people a chance to discuss what might make the biggest difference, and generate a few new ideas, Small Sparks will be promoted at community events and residents invited to share ideas about possible projects. This will be fun and helpful in developing proposals and deciding what to put in the application forms.

For more information and the Application Form Click Here

The Fund will remain open until the budget has been allocated.

Small Sparks Applications

Community-led projects that have been supported include community gardens, park cleaning equipment, street parties, friendship clubs for vulnerable groups and many more. All of these projects make the community look better and/or bring people who are isolated or lonely together with other members of the community.

Community-led projects that have been supported include community gardens, park cleaning equipment, street parties, friendship clubs for vulnerable groups and many more. All of these projects make the community look better and/or bring people who are isolated or lonely together with other members of the community.

The Fund will remain open until the budget has been allocated.

Name of Organisation

Amount Applied for

Description of Application

The Arc £250.00The Arc will offer sensory activities, including arts/crafts/cooking and switch activities for the less abled bodied. The fund will be used for purchasing equipment for the group, cooking equipment arts/crafts tactile & messy sensory bits.
Sugarloaf Riding for the Disabled £250.00Suagarloaf is a Thurrock based horse riding school for people with disabilities of all ages, charity run by volunteers. They want to buy a new saddle for Bess a horse used by sugarloaf riders. Her current saddle is well used and no longer provides appropriate comfort for horse or rider.
East Thurrock Community Association £250.00

The East Thurrock Community Association are using the Small Sparks grant of £250.00 to part fund a 20 sec advert which will be on a loop, which will be played on the Iseetv television's screen that is situated in the Hassenbrook medical center.

SOCF Street Dancers
 £250.00SOCF street Dancers were awarded £250 to go towards performing in Disneyland Paris. The dance group had been let at the last minute by a local building company who had offered sponsorship to them to take 34, of their under privileged students to dance in Disneyland Paris, which would have been a life changing opportunity for them.

Peartree Close Project

£250.00

Equipment to create a community Garden comprising 3 planters and safe area for children to play.

Aveley Village Community Forum – Usk Road Park

£250.00

New equipment for picnic table for children in the park

Friends of Hardie Park – Community Cleaning Resource

£250.00

For the purchase of a lockable metal storage cabinet to contain equipment needed to keep the park free of litter and clean

The All Saints Centre – Thurrock Christian Fellowship

£250.00

Multi-Cultural Street Party. Free to the public and suitable for all ages. Opportunity to meet with other and build relationships

East Thurrock Comm Assoc

£250.00

A friendship club for lonely elderly men giving them others in the same situation to talk to

South Ockendon Centre

£250.00

Open Day at SOC with festivities for South Ockendon Community to pop in

Stifford Clays Primary School

£250.00

Enabling the school to open on Christmas Day providing a Christmas lunch and company for people with no families

Chadwell in Bloom

£250.00

Help with the Chadwell in Bloom event. Judging takes place in July by local garden centre. Fund used for leaflets, certificates, prizes and sunflower seeds for schools

St Margaret’s Table Tennis Club

£250.00

To purchase a new table tennis table for a club that has been running for over 8 years. The members are primarily pensioners and this helps to keep them active and helps make new friends and keep in touch with old ones

Stifford Clays Health Centre – Knitting Club

£250.00

PPG group knitting club providing knits for babies in a neonatal until in the local hospitals. Funds used to provide wool, needles and patterns.

Thurrock Neighbourhood Watch

£250.00

To help with printing costs to set up future crime prevention days in police Thurrock Hot Spots

Fobbing & Corringham Neighbourhood Watch

£250.00

To help with setting up crime prevention meetings and encourage new members to join up

WW1 Commemorative Event

£250.00

To welcome new neighbours and stop those that live alone feeling so isolated. 200 people involved in the Commemorative Event on 26.7.14

The Pyramid Centre (TPN)

£250.00

Event to raise money

Tilbury Youth Centre

£250.00

Tilbury fest is an event that aims to bring different members of community together and to promote local services and get the community involved in activities and improve relations between young people & adults in the community

Bellmaine Complex Raised Vegetable Bed Project

£250.00

The raised vegetable bed will encourage residents to grow & consume fresh veg, a benefit to their health. Providing a social activity discouraging isolation and helping to socialise with others

Friends of Parker Road

£250.00

Towards event to make money for new park equipment

Greenfingers Project – Stifford School

£250.00

Clearance & renovation of sunken garden and tree & root removal

Stanford Blooming Marvels (The Hope Community)

£250.00

Improving the appearance of Stanford Town Centre providing the community an opportunity to get involved with making the town an extravaganza of flowers

Community Hooks & Needles

£250.00

Community Knitting & Crocheting Group bringing people with these skills together

Friends of Parker Road

£250.00

To hold an event to raise funds for park area

Dancing for Fun

£240.00

Giving everyone in the community an opportunity to listen and dance to a range of music, a great form of exercise for all ages

Family fun in Koala Park

£250.00

To encourage play days and picnics in the park to bring the community together in a safe environment. Hosting Fun days and activities in the park

Violets Knitting

£250.00

Knitting Club to bring knitters from the community together

Grays Phoenix

£250.00

To address a neglected children’s playground near riverfront

Community Tea Club

£240.00

The club will offer a light meal prepared by customers and a variety of activities including bingo, music and sewing classes plus an initiative which will see customers liaising with the local Tesco’s to do the shopping for elders who otherwise might struggle.