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Following a successful first year, coastal communities across the United Kingdom are getting another chance to receive a multi-million pound boost from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Southport MP Dr John Pugh has called on community groups and organisations throughout the town to put themselves forward for funding.   Applications for this year’s pot of £27.8 million will open on 13 March 2013.

The funds available have increased by over £4 million from last year’s £23.7 million, allowing even more communities to benefit from awards to boost their economic development.   Grants of over £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years. The following types of organisation can apply:   Charities Voluntary and community sector organisations Social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives Local authorities Local enterprise partnerships in England Private sector companies John Pugh says:

“I am encouraging community groups, councils and businesses to put themselves forward for funding. These grants could make a big difference to our town. The money could support local business, create apprenticeships or provide funds to improve infrastructure in our area.”   Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP added:

“Last year we helped organisations around the UK invest in their communities through the Coastal Communities Fund, and I’m delighted that growing marine revenues from the Crown Estate have allowed us to increase the pot by over 15 per cent this year.”   “This the funding has made a huge difference to small communities across the UK. It was a huge success last year and I’m sure year two will be just as popular.”   The CCF is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Government, operating under the name Big Fund. Applicants should submit an application for 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 announced shortly. For enquiries contact BIG Lottery fund enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or email [email protected].

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