It has been announced that over 10 fast track projects will receive funds from the shared Coastal Communities Fund, which is has a pool of £6 million. This is to help them deliver more jobs and accelerate growth around the English coast. Sixteen projects have been chosen to start work the coastal communities they operate in and the main round of funding will be available from April 2019.
The projects vary from boat tours in Falmouth to art projects in South Shields as well as others. Altogether, the projects are expected to create over 1,000 jobs. Between public and private funding, the projects could receive over £2 million.
Jake Berry, MP, paid a visit to “Access Fylde Coast,” a project by Disability First, and he said that it was “exciting to see the money from the fund help with the projects”. He added that the projects have “the potential to help with growth and development in the communities”.
Lewis Visuals commented, “Thousands of jobs will be created and there will be more opportunities for those along the coastlines – hopefully, a similar project will boost Farnham too in the near future.”
Disability First’s project will receive nearly £1 million, which will be used to boost tourism and improve the experience for visitors who have disabilities. The money will be used to make improvements to the Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool coastlines, and some of these projects include providing training to local businesses that can improve the support they provide to those with disabilities. The fund may also help with organising events.
Other projects that will benefit from the funding include:
- £500,000 to Margate High Street to provide training and business planning support with the goal being to improve the local creative economy.
- £900,000 in funding to Scarborough Construction Skills Village who will help local residents enter apprenticeships in the construction industry.
- £60,000 in funding to help refurbish a landmark building in South Shields called the Saint Hilda’s Pit Head. The building will be turned into a hub that will provide space for events, training and exhibitions as well as office space.
The Coastal Communities Fund was created with the purpose of supporting projects along the coastline of the UK. The fund was created in 2012, and since then over 290 projects received grants, which has totalled over £170 million. The grants have helped hundreds of company’s start-up leading to the creation of over 6,000 jobs. These numbers are expected to grow even more once the projects that are currently being worked on are completed.
Currently, there are many applications being assessed in the 5th round of the Coast Communities Fund, with the bids being announced in early 2019. There are many on the fast track list including More Than Just A Beach, which is a project by the Beer Coastal Community Team in Devon.
Others who have made the list include the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, the Jurassic Coast Volunteer Network, the Community Arts Project North East in South Shields, Deal Town Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Suffolk County Council, Medina Valley in the Isle of Wright, Saint Austell Coastal Community Team, the Margate School and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.