Policy

Supporting economic development projects in coastal and seaside areas

Supporting detail:

Coastal Communities Fund

The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the government from income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. Funding is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Fund is managed in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘BIG Fund’.

For 2013 to 2014 the total budget available for the Fund in England is £21.7 million. Invitations to bid for 2013 were announced in April 2013.

In August 2013 we announced the fund would be increased by 5% to £29 million.

We have encouraged a range of organisations to apply for a share of the funding. Successful applicants can expect to get a grant over £50,000.

Organisations that bid for funding will be encouraged (but not required) to match funds with other sources of money.

We announced the first group of successful bidders in August 2012:

  • Barrow in Furness: £900,000 to support an initiative which aims to create 275 full-time and more than 85 part-time jobs
  • Bournemouth Borough Council: £2 million over 2 years to create Europe’s first National Coastal Tourism Academy
  • National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, Cornwall: £150,500 to provide 4 new jobs and 15 training and volunteering opportunities
  • RAK Maritime Project in East Anglia: £757,000 to provide maritime training to 63 young people a year for 2 years to support the renewable energy industry in East Anglia
  • South East Food Group Partnership: £25,000 to create 15 full-time sales posts for fishermen or family members
  • Suffolk County Council: £762,000 to create 200 new employer-led apprenticeships to develop skills in the low-carbon energy sector in coastal communities in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

On 11 February 2013 the secretary of state announced the final group of successful bidders in 2012 to 2013. Together they will:

  • create almost 4,000 new jobs directly or indirectly
  • support 250 new business start-ups
  • create over 1,500 training places or apprenticeships
  • create over 400 volunteering opportunities
  • generate an anticipated extra £15.5 million of wider financial support

The successful bidders are:

  • Cable and Wireless Porthcurno and Collections Trust, Cornwall: £149, 587 to develop the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, support increased volunteering and community participation, and create at least 5 full-time and 10 part-time jobs

  • Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, Somerset: £500,000 towards the cost of pier, heritage and visitor centre improvements; the project will create 6 full-time jobs and 10 indirect jobs and volunteering opportunities

  • Cumbria County Council Morecambe Bay Partnership: £490,000 to enhance the area as a tourism destination including connecting and signing a 200 kilometre cycle way to deliver 300 training places and 33 jobs

  • Friends of the Folkestone and Marlowe Academies, Ramsgate: £349,724 to allow the Marlowe Innovation Centre to more than double its space and support services to small businesses and create 70 new jobs

  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council: £600,000 to provide business and social enterprise support, skills and training to help create 200 businesses and 300 new jobs

  • Hastings Borough Council: £1,244,931 to establish a restaurant/ food court at Hasting Pier’s gateway to provide workplace-based training and apprenticeships for local people and create 15 direct jobs, 168 indirect jobs and 550 training places

  • Lincolnshire County Council: £200,000 to support coastal business and retail modernisation in a deprived area of isolated coastal communities, providing skills training, advice and support to help businesses adapt to and embrace digital technology, online marketing and social media; the project is forecast to create one direct and 10 indirect jobs

  • Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust (Exmoor National Park), Devon: £150,000 to enhance the existing rolling stock and create 7 full-time and 13 indirect jobs and more volunteering opportunities

  • North Tyneside Council: £1,991,612 to regenerate under-used tourism facilities and improve the promenade and seafront and deliver 12 direct and 50 indirect jobs

  • North York Moors Historical Railway Trust, Whitby: £800,000 to develop the North York Moors heritage railway service linking Whitby to the North York Moors National Park; the project will create 15 new jobs on the railway service and 52 jobs indirectly

  • Port of Blyth, Northumberland: £500,000 to help redevelop an area of the quayside to establish a maritime heritage visitor centre, education and community hub and create at least 5 direct and 4 indirect jobs

  • Porthleven Regeneration Community Interest Company, Cornwall: £99,570 to establish a social enterprise to offer training and skills learning for young people, increase visitor numbers to Porthleven and create 2 direct and 20 indirect jobs

  • Plymouth City Council, Devon: £670,400 to support the regeneration of Plymouth’s Waterfront by providing cycle hire hubs and cycle route improvements and create 4 full-time direct and 52 indirect jobs

  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council: £580,720 to create a cultural heritage trail, undertake landscaping and environmental improvements, support to local businesses and apprenticeship programmes and create 195 jobs

  • Scarborough Borough Council: £2,599,373 to support a package of capital development and interlinked revenue projects that will open up land and improve access to Whitby Business Park and create 206 direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs

  • South Hams District Council, Devon: £450,347 to improve infrastructure and business support for the local fishing and seafood industry and create 19 direct and indirect jobs

  • Sunderland City Council: £2 million for public realm and infrastructure improvements to support the regeneration of the historic seafront area of Seaburn, creating 521 jobs indirectly and generate up to £78 million in private sector investment.

  • Swanage Railway Company Ltd, Dorset: £1,469,000 to complete the reinstatement of a railway service between Wareham and Swanage to create 10 direct and 40 indirect jobs

  • Torbay Council, Torbay, Devon: £1,385,656 to support the development of start-up and home-based businesses, social enterprises, an apprenticeship scheme, and new green tourism infrastructure and create 280 direct and 42 indirect jobs

  • Wadebridge Renewable Energy Project: £100,000 to sustain and grow renewable energy social enterprise opportunities through renewable energy installation, product development and support for green tourism; it will create 1 direct full-time and 19 indirect jobs

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