Grays town centre is one of 50 more towns and cities in England set to receive a share of a £1 billion future high streets fund.
The funding can be used for schemes including improved transport links or converting empty shops into new homes and offices.
The announcement doubles the number of areas which will be allocated a share of the fund.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Our high streets are right at the heart of our communities, and I will do everything I can to make sure they remain vibrant places where people want to go, meet and spend their money.
“But with our town centres facing challenges, we’re today expanding the High Streets Fund to support over 100 high streets to regenerate – backed by £1 billion of vital investment.
“This scheme is going to re-energise and transform even more of our high streets – helping them to attract new businesses, boost local growth, and create new infrastructure and jobs.”
Thurrock Council will receive up to £150,000 to support the development of detailed project proposals that can be submitted for capital funding.