Town could benefit from share of coastal communities fund

The views across Morecambe Bay were stunning this week, during the first hot weather of the year. Picture Garth Hamer
The views across Morecambe Bay were stunning this week, during the first hot weather of the year. Picture Garth Hamer

Coastal communities across the UK including Morecambe are being asked to bid for their share of the £29 million Coastal Communities Fund pot.

The Government has announced it is increasing the pot to £29 million in 2014-2015.

Morecambe Bay Partnership secured half a million pounds for Bay-wide tourism projects from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund in 2013.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said: “I am really pleased the fund has increased to £29 million and I would encourage people in Morecambe & Lunesdale to bid for some of the money.”

The Coastal Communities fund comes from income received by the Government from the Crown’s Marine interests.

Funding from the Coastal Communities Awards are available for over £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The following types of organisation can apply:

l charities

l voluntary and community sector organisations

l social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives

l local authorities

l local enterprise partnerships in England

l private sector companies

The funding, for the 2014/15 financial year, is divided between each of the UK countries.

England gets £22.15 million, Scotland’s highlands and islands £2.85 million, the rest of Scotland £1.95 million, Wales £1.55 million and Northern Ireland £0.6 million.

Christian Guy, director of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), said: “Investment in our seaside towns is welcome, but this should be only the start.

“We need to boost skills, attract businesses, provide decent housing and encourage family stability.

“This would breathe new life into these towns - not just for visitors, but the people that live there.”

Announcements about 2014 funding will be made on the CCF website.

Organisations interested in applying for CCF funding in 2014 can obtain further details by contacting the CCF enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or emailing ccf@bigfund.org.uk.