Increase in Coastal Funding welcomed by MP

View from Gunsgreen House of Eyemouth Harbour
View from Gunsgreen House of Eyemouth Harbour

Borders MP Michael Moore welcomed Danny Alexander’s announcement last week of £29million for the Coastal Communities Fund next year.

This is an increase in five per cent on this year’s allocation and Mr Moore is keen for projects in Berwickshire to submit applications for grants, having already seen a number of local groups benefit so far.

The Lib Dem MP launched the Coastal communities Fund in 2012 and it is is designed to boost the economic development of coastal communities and support a wide range of projects which promote sustainable growth and jobs.

The fund has already awarded £55 million to projects across the UK, supporting around 5000 jobs and creating 500 apprenticeships.

Seton Care, Eyemouth Harbour Trust and Eyemouth Museum Trust have all received money from the fund.

Seton Care received £50,000 to provide training and work experience for young unemployed people; Eyemouth Harbour Trust got £115,487 to install infrastructure for water sports and Eyemouth Museum Trust Limited – £ 60,000 to develop Eyemouth Museum

Next year, Scottish Coastal Communities outside of the Highlands and Islands, will receive £1.95 million compared to £1.75 million this year.

Welcoming the announcement of the third round of CCF money, Michael Moore commented: “It’s great to hear that the amount of funding for the CCF next year has increased because of a boost in offshore renewable energy developments in UK waters.

“I want to encourage local groups in the Borders to apply for the fund next year and I hope we will also see some successful local bids announced in the autumn in this year’s funding round.

“The CCF is part of the UK Government’s commitment to ensure that our coastal communities benefit from Crown Estate revenues and I welcome the boost which this funding will provide to groups and projects across Scotland and the UK.”

Successful bids to the CCF are chosen because of their impact on local jobs, training and their ability to drive forward growth.

The funds are allocated by central Government and the Devolved Administrations in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund.

The successful bids for Round 2 will be announced in the autumn and nominations for round three are expected to open next spring.