The Lower Thames Crossing Community Fund has been opened to support local charities and community groups near the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.

Through this funding, organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver schemes that:

  • Encourage physical activity and increase public use of local green spaces
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of local communities
  • Improving signage and/or way-markings to increase accessibility for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders
  • Help communities to connect with their heritage
  • Support local communities to secure permanent employment in the wider Lower Thames Crossing potential supply chain
  • Increase the use of technology to help local communities better understand the Lower Thames Crossing proposals and inspire future careers in construction.

The initiative is being funded through National Highways’ Designated Funds programme. This is a national initiative that looks beyond managing the country’s Strategic Road Network, to deliver lasting benefits for communities and the environment.

For the past few years, National Highways (previously Highways England) been working with stakeholders, Local Authorities and others to fund projects across the region, such as:

  • Funding a new high-speed fibre broadband connection in Brentwood
  • Improvements to the coastal path and reconnection of the national cycle network, in partnership with ASELA and Thurrock Council
  • Heritage restoration works and interpretation at Dagnam Park, in partnership with London Borough of Havering
  • Woodland restoration at Telegraph Hill, Higham, in partnership with the North West Kent Countryside Partnership
  • A new 95ha community woodland at Great Warley in Brentwood, in partnership with Forestry England

How to apply

Your application will be assessed by one of two independent organisations, the Kent Community Foundation and Essex Community Foundation, depending on where the beneficiaries of your project are based.

For projects north of the River Thames, the Essex Community Foundation can be contacted via  .

The deadline for applications is 23.59 on 01 March 2023.

Need help?

You can contact us or your local community foundation who will be happy to help answer any questions you have regarding making an application.

Lower Thames Crossing
Essex community foundation

More information can be found on our website Lower Thames Crossing – Community hub webpages.