Six Million Pounds Awarded to the 1st Successful Coastal Projects in the 1st Wave of Funding

16 of the successful “Fast Track” projects are receiving their share of £6 million Coastal Communities Fund to assist them in delivering sustainable growth along with jobs all over the Great British Coast.

As a portion of the 5th round of the Coastal Communities Fund, 16 of the “ready to go” projects were chosen to begin work in transforming their own coastal communities during 2018 and 2019 before the primary funding round will become available in the month of April 2019.

The Selected Projects

The projects range from community arts projects based in South Shields to the heritage boat-tours in the Falmouth’s historic docks, which have been collectively forecasted to bring about 1,100 jobs as well as to attract private and public sector co-funding of around £2.4 million.

On one visit to 1 of the “fast track” winners known as Disability First “Access Fylde Coast”, Jake Berry MP, the Coastal Communities Minister, said:

“it is exciting to see the money that has come from the Coastal Communities Fund assist in kick-starting projects that are shovel-ready, that hold the abilities to unlock barriers to growth and development in our own coastal communities”. believe that investment in these seaside areas, associated with these types of projects will offer a New Deal for the overall Great British coast, which will result in 1,000s of jobs, opportunities and training places along these shores.

About Disability First

The Access Fylde Coast will be receiving about £1 million in order to improve tourism in the way of boosting visitor experiences for individuals with disabilities that visit Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool coasts. This project is inclusive training courses dedicated to local businesses that support the people that have disabilities, creation of trained-volunteer access-guides and organising of new events. A few other projects that are game-changing that will be benefiting from these grants will include:

– An approximate £500,000 grant that will support local creative economies in Margate High Street with state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory that provides business planning, technical-skills training along with support dedicated to local creative professionals and businesses.

– A grant of £900,000 to a projected called the Scarborough Construction Skills Village to assist with tackling skills challenges and local unemployment. Funding will also go towards supporting local residents with new jobs and apprenticeships within construction industries, especially in small and micro construction companies.

– A grant of £60,000 towards projects to remodel St Hilda’s Pit Head an industrial landmark-building in the South Shields, which will transform the area into a cultural, heritage and community hub that provides training, offices and exhibition and event space.

The Coastal Communities Fund was implemented to support the coastal projects all over the UK to deliver jobs and sustainable growth.

Since the year 2012, the Fund has gone onto award grants to around 295 projects all over the UK, which has totalled over £173 million. This has assisted with starting about 500 new businesses along with creating over 7,000 jobs. These figures are predicted to increase to over double as soon as projects which are underway already are completed.

The applications that have been submitted for Round 5 of the Coast Communities Fund are in the process of being assessed. The main-round bids that are successful for the remaining £34 million will be announced around the early part of 2019.

The comprehensive list of the fast-track grant awards include:

1. “More Than Just the Beach”- Beer Coastal Community Team, Devon

2. The Berwick Coastal Community Team in Northumberland

3. The British Marine Federation South Hams, South West, Plymouth

4. The Community Arts Project South Shields and North East

5. The Coastal West Sussex Partnership

6. Cycle Friendly Deal, Kent- Deal Town Council

7. “Access Fylde Coast”, Lancashire- Disability First

8. The Jurassic-Coast Volunteer Network in Devon

9. The Kneehigh Theatre Trust Ltd, Cornwall, St Austell

10. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust

11. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall Trust, Cornwall, Falmouth

12. The Medina Valley, Isle of Wight

13. The Scarborough Construction Skills Village

14. The St Austell Costal Community Team-A Ceramic and Green Cultural Centre, Cornwall

15. “The Hold’ Suffolk Heritage Activity and Events Programme” Ipswich, Suffolk County Council

16. Margate School, Technical and Enterprise Support for the Creative Economy, Margate