The LDP micro-grant programme is open access for local people who have a great idea to get their local community more active. The grants are between £50 – £2,500.

A key principle of the LDP is to put local people in the driving seat, recognising them as the most important assets in any community. We want to invest in local passionate people who want to use physical activity to make a positive difference in their neighbourhood, creating social movements that make a big difference to the lives of inactive people. We expect most activities will happen at a very local level on specific streets or estates, or within a specific community of interest such as mums with pre-school children or older people with dementia.

The application process is short and simple, and decisions are made quickly.

Before applying, please download and read the guidance notes.

Please note: micro-grants are currently available only to community groups and organisations in Basildon, Colchester and Tendring. If you have an idea that falls outside out the three LDP areas, please contact Kelly Harman:

Use one of our 3 easy ways to apply below:

1. Download Word Form and Email to us  



2. Answer application questions in a video/audio recording and Whatspp to us

Contact our LDP Coordinators 

Sarah Stokes

Role: LDP Coordinator-Colchester


About: I work in a Coordinator/Community Explorer type role which aims to connect and build relationships with people in the community, particularly community champions in order that we uncover the good things that are happening in Colchester. We hope to use these connections and the insight gained to steer where funds are then invested.

Cheryl Lomas

Role: LDP Coordinator-Tendring


About: I consider myself to be someone who connects with the local community, who works alongside the community to help them develop ideas to help raise activity levels on a neighbourhood level and beyond.  Once the ideas are developed I continue to support the community with the delivery of their ideas to ensure their success and to learn from any stumbles along the way, all the while sharing the ideas with others and spreading the good news stories.

Gurnam Kasbia

Role: LDP Coordinator-Basildon


About: My role is a dynamic role and gives me the chance to connect communities and advocate on all levels with the insight gathered  to influence stakeholder policies; understand, promote and support the co-creation of ideas to encourage physical activity with some of most vulnerable communities.

Kelly Harman

Role: LDP Delivery Manager


About: Kelly manages relationships with stakeholders and partners across local authorities, community and voluntary organisations and within Essex County Council.  Kelly is the thematic lead for Health and Wellbeing within Active Essex and this work crosses over to the LDP. Kelly is the programme lead for LDP Micro Grant programme and #ConnectTogether share and learn events.

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