Hope for Morecambe to share in £90m cash windfall

The Sustrans and Morecambe Bay Partnership teams picked up the certificate for the Bay Cycle Way at the VisitEngland Awards in Blackpool. The cycle way was a recipient of Coastal Communities Fund money in 2015.
The Sustrans and Morecambe Bay Partnership teams picked up the certificate for the Bay Cycle Way at the VisitEngland Awards in Blackpool. The cycle way was a recipient of Coastal Communities Fund money in 2015.

Community workers, charities and creative entrepreneurs in Morecambe are among those who can bid for a share of a £90m Government cash windfall.

A new round of Coastal Communities Fund money has been announced to help boost training and create jobs to revitalise seaside areas.

In 2015 the fund granted £297,000 which helped pay for the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way, a new cycling route around the bay area.

The money is available across the UK over the next four years. The maximum grant will be £4m.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said: “I am delighted that our entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to flourish by being given the opportunity to apply for extra funding.

“I am delighted that this Government remains committed to Coastal Communities by announcing a new tranche of funding and the Government continues to recognise the unique barriers that can be there in a coastal area.

“If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or business that creates jobs in the area please make sure you apply to the fund so we ensure a large share of the funding is allocated here in Morecambe and Lunesdale.”

Since 2012, the government has invested over £120m in seaside areas.

Grants of between £50,000 and £4 million are available to a range of organisations including coastal community teams, charities, councils, development agencies, local enterprise partnerships, private sector companies, social enterprises, and voluntary and community sector organisations.