The Government has announced that the Coastal Communities Fund, a UK-wide programme designed to support the economic development of coastal communities is to be extended by four years; and that a further 28 new ‘Coastal Community Teams’ will be set up to promote economic growth in local seaside communities.
Each team – made up of local volunteers, councils and local businesses – will receive an initial £10,000 each to develop a blueprint for economic growth and be offered support from a network geared towards regenerating seaside areas. The 28 new teams will be in addition to the 118 teams that already exist. The Coastal Communities Fund is administered by the Big Lottery Fund and is due to re-open for applications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2017.
Details regarding future funding in Scotland are still to be advised.