Category Archives: Locality Working

£2.5m Communities Fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government is providing support to partnerships of local authorities and community led groups through £2 million funding in 2016 to 2017. A further £500,000 is being made available for 2017 to 2018.

The new ‘Communities Fund’ is designed to support projects aiming to develop local solutions in specific neighbourhoods, or across a greater area, or even across a local authority or service delivery boundaries.

Proposals are invited from local collaborations between local authorities and neighbourhood or community organisations to bid by 16 January. Bids should be for new projects or to extend an existing project into another area but not to prop up an existing approach.

The fund is being administered by DCLG, and all enquiries and application information can be found on the website.

Progress on Silloth Coastal Communities Bid

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Photo courtesy James Smith, Photographer Silloth

Silloth’s Coastal Communities bid has cleared the first hurdle.

If successful, the Silloth Coastal Communities Team hope to use a grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) to extend the coastal cycle route which runs from Maryport to Allonby by eight miles to Silloth. The hope is that this will bring more visitors, kick start new business and help regenerate the area.

The Silloth team must have their second stage bid submitted by December 5, 2016.

£90 million pound boost for local communities

Fresh hopes today (23rd May 2016) for Coastal Communities after ministers announced the government was making £90 million funding available to UK wide Coastal Communities over the next four years.

It will be possible for seaside towns and communities to bid for a share of £90 million to help revitalise their areas.

This latest cash boost is all part of the government’s efforts to rebalance the economy and help all areas of the country thrive.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“Our Great British Coast has enormous economic potential and we are determined to see it thrive all year round.

That’s why today we’re investing £90 million in exciting new business ideas across our much-loved seaside areas – bringing not just a wave of enthusiasm but also creating thousands of good new jobs too.

And with grants of up to £4 million each available, I’d urge our coastal entrepreneurs and communities to get involved.”

Communities Minister Mark Francois said:

“Over the past few years we’ve seen a sea-change in investment across our Great British Coast – with today’s £90 million building on the £120 million we’ve already pumped in.

This money is all about generating jobs and boosting businesses, so if you’ve got a good idea we want to hear from you.

We’re rightly proud of our country’s seaside past but this new money means that we can also look forward to its bright future.”