Successful Coastal Communities fund: £27m round two now open

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Successful Coastal Communities fund: £27m round two now open

Following huge success last year, English seaside towns now have a second chance to apply to our multi-million pound Coastal Communities Fund, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

Applications for this year’s pot of £27.2m are now open. The funds available have been increased by over £3.5m so more communities can win awards to boost their economic development. The fund for the projects is raised from the Crown Estate’s marine assets and reinvested in coastal areas.

In 2012, twenty-six projects in England from Scarborough to Swanage, and from Torbay to Tyneside, received funding to develop their areas, helping to create and safeguard 5,000 jobs, 1,400 training places, 400 volunteering opportunities and support 250 new business start-ups.

The money was also used for a variety of projects including rejuvenating heritage areas and leisure facilities as well as helping businesses embrace digital technology and promote innovation. The projects also attracted additional funding from public and private co-sponsors of over £16m.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

“This Government is committed to supporting seaside towns and we know this scheme really made a difference so I’m delighted to announce a second year of funding for Coastal Communities.

“For too long seaside towns, large and small, were overlooked and this fund gives them a lifeline to grab hold of to create skilled workers and year round jobs that will build stronger communities and stronger local economies.

“The fund was a huge success last year and I want to see as many exceptional projects as possible put forward in year two.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

“Last year we helped organisations around the country to 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.

“From regenerating the promenade at Seaburn, developing shellfish farming facilities in Devon and giving Swanage and Wareham back their rail link, the funding has made a huge difference to small communities across the UK.

“The success of last year shows how important it is to support small schemes that drive local growth, and I’m sure year two will be just as popular.”

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