Development Corporation Grant Tilbury Riverside Project

The Tilbury Riverside Project (TRP) is delighted to announce that at the end of November it received an award of over £13,500 from Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s Community Fund.

The grant was the result of a successful application to rescue TRP from the real possibility of having to cease its activities in the Tilbury area because of a lack of operational funds.

TRP was formed by Peter Hewitt in 1992, to bring about active economic, social and environmental regeneration in and around Tilbury.  His plan was to utilise the waterfronts and common land, along with the area’s historical sites and buildings and encourage people of all ages in the community to become actively involved in the process.

TRP has worked hard in the Tilbury community and delivered a number of very successful collaborative projects including the Two Forts Way, the Tilbury Summer Festival and the Christmas Lights and Fair, all of which were home-grown projects.  In addition the Last Night of the Proms, in partnership with the Tilbury Band, and the Natural Meadow project, in partnership with Tilbury Power Station and the National Grid, have demonstrated that TRP willingness to work in partnership with like-minded organisations to tackle the problems of economic, social and environmental issues.  In 2007, TRP was accorded the honour of being chosen as one of only 70 charitable organisations in the UK to receive the Queen’s Award. 

Ron Curtis, the TRP Chairman said,

“This funding was crucial to securing a future for this hard working charity, as the revenue funding required to maintain the administration and day-to-day activities of the charity had all but run out.  I can only thank our excellent volunteers for their support in putting the bid together, as well as thank Sharon Grimmond at the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation for her advice and guidance which proved to be invaluable.  Thanks to this grant from the Development Corporation’s Community Fund we can now look confidently and seriously to the future and keep working hard on behalf of the local community throughout 2011 and beyond.”

The funding will provide a regular income over the next twelve months and will enable TRP to employ a part-time Project/Office Manager who will work for three days a week at their offices in the Tilbury Arts and Activity Centre by Tilbury Riverside Station. 

A key role for that person will be to build on the partnership that TRP has with English Heritage and local heritage organisations to make a submission for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a community archive project to start in April 2011.

Two new important partnerships have begun to develop between TRP and the Gateway Academy and the Port of Tilbury in recent months and a number of new and exciting projects are emerging which the new Project Manager will oversee in the coming months.

Recently TRP has been re-energised by an intake of new volunteers from the community who have shown that they have the commitment to make Tilbury a better place in which to live and work. 

Anyone who is interested in applying for the part-time Project Manager’s role, can receive a Job Description by leaving their contact details (address and phone number) on 01375 859911 or by e-mailing  The closing date for applications is Friday 7th January 2011.

More about TRP, its history and achievements, can be found on the internet at