Could your business or organisation be eligible for share of £685,000 grant funding pot?

Could your business or organisation be eligible for share  of £685,000 grant funding pot?

Grants totalling more than £685,000 are open for applications from Tendring District Council (TDC).

The authority has launched several grant schemes to allocate money from a number of government-funded initiatives.

Across the various funds are opportunities for businesses to invest in new machinery; sports clubs and organisations for projects to increase participation; arts and culture organisations to drive up inclusion; community groups to improve facilities; and to support events.

There are different eligibility criteria for each fund, and different deadlines – though all of the money must be paid-out by the end of March 2025 – and people are being encouraged to check details on the TDC website at

The grants were launched at an event held yesterday morning (Monday, 15 April) at Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

Ivan Henderson, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism, said the money could make a real difference to lots of organisations across the district.

“This is a significant scale of investment that we hope can really help people in Tendring,” Councillor Henderson said.

“It could be a rural business looking to buy new machinery, a sports club setting up a youth team, or a community group wanting to improve their meeting place – these are just examples of the type of funding available which will make a more sustainable future for organisations and businesses.

“We understand it is quite a complex landscape of funding, so please do check out the specifics on our website or speak to a member of our Economic Growth team who will be happy to help.

“Please make the most of this opportunity to help create opportunities, raise aspirations and improve quality of life – or perhaps attract visitors and improve our heritage offer.”

The funding comes from TDC’s allocations from the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund. Some include a match-funding requirement, while others may have location restrictions set by government.

Other grants available include:

  • Shop front improvements
  • Sports participation
  • Extend the season events
  • Skills courses (open call)

Full details can be found on the council’s website at