Sixteen ‘Fast Track’ successful projects are getting part of the £6 million from the Coastal Communities Fund in order to assist with providing jobs and sustainable growth across the coast of Great Britain.

As part of the Coastal Communities Fund’s fifth round, sixteen ‘ready to go’ project where chosen to begin work on transforming their coastal communities in 2018 and 2019 before April 2019 when the main round funding will become available.

The Selected Projects

Projects range from heritage boat tours from the historic docks in Falmouth to a community arts project located in South Shields, are forecasted collectively to create more than 1100 jobs and attracting private and public sector £2.4 million co-funding. In order to use up that funding as economically as possible, companies like floorplansusketch will be used for cost-effective but high-quality services.

Jake Berry MP, Coastal Communities Minister, after visiting Disability First’s “Access Fylde Coast” said:

“It is very exciting seeing Coastal Communities Fund money to help with kick-starting the shovel-ready projects, which can potentially unlock growth and barriers to development within our coastal communities.”

Investing in the seaside area, via these types of projects, will provide the Great British coast with a New Deal, and create thousands of opportunities, training places, and jobs along the coast.

Disability First

Nearly £1 million will be received by Access Fylde Coast for boosting tourism by making improvements to the visitor experience to individuals with disabilities who visit the Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde coasts. Included in this project are training courses given to local businesses to help support individuals with disabilities, getting new events organised, and trained volunteer access guides created. The following are some other game-changing projects that will be benefiting from the grants:

  • a nearly £500,000 grant for supporting the Margate High Street local creative economy and state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab which provides support for local creative professionals and businesses, business planning, and technical skills training.
  • a £900,000 grant for the Scarborough Construction Skills Village project that helps with tackling local skills and unemployment challenges. Funding is going to support local residents for new jobs and apprentices in the construction industry, especially small and micro construction companies.
  • a £60,000 grant for a project for refurbishing St Hilda’s Hit Head located in South Shields, which is an industrial landmark building. It is being transformed into a heritage, cultural and community hub to provide exhibition, event, office, and training space.

The Coastal Communities Fund has been established for supporting UK coastal projects to provide jobs and sustainable growth.

The Fund since 2012 has provided grants to 295 UK projects, which total more than £173 million. It has helped to get nearly 500 new businesses started and created over 7,000 jobs – and these figures are projects to more than double after the projects that are underway already are complete.

Currently, the Coast Communities Fund is currently assessing the applications that were submitted for Round 5. In early 2019 it is expected that they will be announcing the successful main round bids coming from the remaining £34 million.

Here is the entire list of the fast track grant awards:

1) The Margate School, Enterprise and Technical Support for the Creative Economy, Margate

2) Suffolk County Council, ‘The Hold’ Suffolk Heritage Activity and Events Programme, Ipswich

3) St Austell Coastal Community Team – A green and Ceramic Cultural Centre, Cornwall

4) Scarborough’s Construction Skills Village

5) Medina Valley, on the Isle of Wight

6) National Maritime Museum of Cornwall Trust, in Falmouth, Cornwall

7) Lancashire Wildlife Trust

8) Kneehigh Theatre Trust, in St Austell, Cornwall

9) The Jurassic Coast’s Volunteer Network, in Devon

10) Disability First, “Access Fylde Coast”, Lancashire

11) Deal Town Council – Cycle Friendly Deal, Kent

12) Coastal West Sussex Partnership

13) North East Community Arts Project, in South Shields

14) South West British Marine Federation, in South Hams, Plymouth

15) Community Team of Berwick Coastal, in Northumberland

16) Beer Coastal Community Team, Devon – ‘More Than Just the Beach’

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