Great to be back in Parliament Tonight and launching a new commission to secure inclusive growth acr

January 10th 2018


Community and voluntary groups are being urged to apply for funding from Basildon Council of up to £2,000 towards their projects.

The Grants to Organisations fund is open to applications until Friday, 26 January. Grants of between £100 and £2,000 are available to support projects which will benefit the local community.

The fund is open to applications in three rounds throughout the financial year. 

In the last stage the Billericay Community Garden was awarded £2,000 towards its development. The grant is being used to provide tools for volunteers, equip an outdoor cooking area and install guttering and water butts.

Caroline Bannister, Treasurer of the Billericay Community Garden, said: “This money means so much to us, it’s fantastic. I actually found out about the grant by attending one of Basildon Council’s free funding workshops, which proved extremely beneficial.

“Our community garden is visited by young and old alike. It really is open to the whole community - whether you want to learn about gardening, share your knowledge or simply make new friends.

“The grant will make a huge difference by allowing us to recycle rainwater to improve sustainability, and install a greenhouse to support a longer planting season. I honestly can’t thank Basildon Council enough.”

Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Policy and Resources committee, visited the community garden yesterday (Monday, 8 January).

He said: “The garden is a fantastic example of what our residents can achieve by working together and taking pride in their community. I am delighted that we have been able to support the dedicated volunteers and do our bit to help this wonderful space flourish.

“This brilliant community project encourages children to learn in the great outdoors, acts as a retreat for lonely and vulnerable residents, and encourages people in Billericay to interact by growing, eating and sharing food.

“Basildon Council is committed to working with community organisations which understand the needs of the area and are willing to volunteer their time to help others, so I would urge any eligible groups to apply for our final round of funding this financial year.”

To download an application form visit or contact for more information.