The Government wants to help coastal communities unleash their growth potential that can only be harnessed locally. The new Coastal Communities Fund underlines the commitment to supporting coastal places now and in the future so they can benefit from the growth in revenues produced by the Crown Estate as it further develops its coastal and offshore resources.
This prospectus gives details of the key design and delivery arrangements for the Fund and the timetable for its introduction. More detailed guidance on how to make a bid to the Fund will be issued by the Big Lottery ‘Big Fund’ shortly.
Working with the ‘Big Fund’ we want to see as many coastal communities as possible, large and small, drawing on the Fund to support imaginative and innovative projects that promote jobs and growth and help to build stronger and more diverse local economies. We also want to encourage quality bids from the many different types of organisation that support local economic development in coastal areas including charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, local businesses as well as local authorities and local enterprise partnerships.
View the application guidelines on the Communites and Local Government website
In a statement to Parliament, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, opening the Debate on Resolutions for the Sovereign Grant Bill said:
And we will shortly be setting out proposals, unconnected to this legislation, to make sure coastal communities can benefit from the development of the Crown Estate marine activities.
From a press release on the DEFRA website:
More flood and coastal erosion defence projects across England will receive government money each year under a new funding system announced today.
The new system provides money based on the benefits each project delivers to homes, businesses, agricultural land and infrastructure. Many schemes will still receive full Government funding, whilst others will qualify for a contribution to the final cost. In many cases this government contribution will be worth 80 to 90 per cent of the full scheme cost.
This will replace the current model where schemes applying for money are typically either funded in full by Government or not at all. (more…)
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mrs Caroline Spelman MP) annonced in a written statement that she was laying before Parliament a first “National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England” and statutory guidance on “Co-operation and requesting information in flood and coastal erosion risk management”. Both documents are being presented in accordance with section 7 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and stem from Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the widespread flooding in 2007, and are due to be be issued on 18 July unless either House resolves that they should not be issued. (more…)