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Funding news - 15/03/2013

Coastal Communities Fund - New Applications Invited from Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is supporting the development of coastal areas, promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, so that people are better able to respond to changing economic needs and opportunities.

The Government has committed £27.8 million to support the CCF in 2013-14 with money generated by the Crown Estate's marine assets. The Fund is UK-wide; however, different levels of funding have been allocated to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the basis of revenue generated. Applications are currently being invited from organisations located in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Individual funding awards of over £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years. Under the current round, the maximum available per application in Wales is £300,000. In Scotland £4.15 million is available; split between the Highlands and Islands (£2.4 million) and the Rest of Scotland (£1.75 million).

The funds can be used to support both capital and revenue projects and communities will be encouraged to match funds with other pots of money.

Examples of activities that may be eligible for funding include:

  • supporting skills and training initiatives to improve job prospects;
  • maintaining and developing specialised tourist infrastructure;
  • managing and adapting to flood and coastal erosion risk;
  • supporting social enterprises to bring new economic opportunities and jobs;
  • offering apprenticeships to school leavers;
  • creating new workspaces to support and grow local economies;
  • boosting local approaches to promoting enterprise and economic regeneration; and
  • supporting sustainable transport improvements.

Innovative bids will be welcomed from businesses, social enterprises, local enterprise partnerships, charities, voluntary groups and local authorities supporting economic development within the community.

Applicants are required to submit a stage one application by 17 April 2013 for projects in Wales; and by 26 April 2013 for projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dates for England will be confirmed shortly.

Further information can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Source: Big Lottery Fund, 15/03/2013

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