The Coastal Communities Fund is being shared among sixteen Fast Track projects, with the £6 million fund being used to create jobs and foster growth along the coast of Great Britain.
These 16 projects were selected during the fifth round of the fund and will begin making community changes until 2019 when the fund’s main round in April reaches availability.
The Selected Projects
In total, 1100 jobs are estimated to be made from the projects. The projects include boat tours of historic docks in Falmouth, and a community arts project located in South Shields. In both the private and public sector, £2.4 million are expected to be provided in co-funding for the projects.
Jake Berry MP, the Coastal Communities Minister, traveled to one of the winners and stated:
Seeing that the fund is making it possible for these projects to start great, and these projects make it possible for growth and development in the coastal communities.
By embracing these projects and taking the time to invest in areas near the sea, will give the coast of Great Britain a change as great as the New Deal could provide. Floorplanz believes that this will result in the creation of jobs for thousands, along with areas for training and new opportunities.
£1 million will go to Access Fylde Coast to increase tourism to the area and improve experiences for those with disabilities who come to Wyre, Flyde, and Blackpool for visits. Among the project’s components are the organization of new events, courses that train local businesses on how to provide disability support, and training access guides for volunteers. The grants will also be used on the following projects:
– a Fabrication Laboratory, which will use nearly £500,000 in grant money, for the Margarete High Street area, which will give support to local businesses and provide training in technical skills
– £900,000 in grant money for the Scarborough Construction Skills Village, which will handle unemployment. From the funding, residents will be able to take on apprenticeships and get jobs with small companies in the construction industry.
– £60,000 in grant money to refurbish St Hilda’s Pit Head, an industrial building located in South Shields. The building will become a center for training individuals while acting as exhibition and event space for the community.
Create Jobs and Growth in the Economy
The idea behind the creation of the Coastal Communities Fund is to help the UK create jobs and influence growth by providing support for coastal projects that can aid in this.
295 projects in the UK have been given grants through the fund since 2012, adding up to more than £173 million. In return, over 7,000 jobs have been made and nearly 500 businesses have been created. When the newest projects are done, these numbers are expected to double.
Round 5 applications for the fund are being looked at right now for consideration in the main round. In early 2019, the main round bids that are successful and will have access to the £34 million will be revealed.
Here is a complete list of the 16 award recipients for the fast track grant:
1) ‘More Than Just the Beach’, of Devon, by the Beer Coastal Community Team
2) Northumberland for the Berwick Coastal Community Team
3) South Hams, Plymouth for the British Marine Federation South West
4) North East, South Shields for the Community Arts Project
5) Coastal West Sussex Partnership
6) Cycle Friendly Deal by Kent of the Deal Town Council
7) Disability First, “Access Fylde Coast”, of Lancashire
8) Jurassic Coast Volunteer Network, of Devon
9) Kneehigh Theatre Trust Ltd, of St Austell, Cornwall
10) The Lancashire Wildlife Trust
11) National Maritime Museum Cornwall Trust, of Falmouth, Cornwall
12) Medina Valley, of Isle of Wight
13) The Scarborough Construction Skills Village
14) St Austell’s Coastal Community Team, A green and Ceramic Cultural Centre, of Cornwall
15) Suffolk County Council, ‘The Hold’ Suffolk Heritage Activity and Events Programme, of Ipswich
16) The Margate School, Enterprise and Technical Support for the Creative Economy, of Margate