The scheme is ready to grant funding for any group that is aiming to make a difference locally by helping make their part of the borough clean and well-kept.
Grants will be given to up to 20 different projects that offer to breathe some fresh air in the local community. This can vary between painting the front of building overlooking the street to revitalising an underused community garden.
Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, said: “I am thrilled that we are able to offer this grants scheme to the local community. Anyone that is prepared to take time out to help make the town they live in more attractive, deserve some funding to support them.
“We are confident this scheme will make a difference, not only to the residents, but to visitors who will hopefully see Southend as a clean, green place that they want to come back to time and again.”
Grants of up to £500 are available. Applications will be accepted from charities, voluntary groups, community groups, schools, uniformed children’s groups (e.g. Guide or Scout Associations, Boys or Girls Brigade), churches or faith groups or any other constituted organisation.
For more information on the scheme, to apply for funding or to see if your group qualify for a grant, please visit http://www.southend.gov.uk/mssgrant