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Farron calls on Morecambe Bay communities to put themselves forward for coastal fund

March 13, 2013 4:25 PM

TF 9Following a successful first year, coastal communities across the United Kingdom are getting another chance to receive a multi-million pound boost from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on community groups and councils around Morecambe Bay to put themselves forward for funding.

Applications for this year's pot of £27.8 million will open on 13 March 2013. The funds available have increased by over £4 million from last year's £23.7 million, allowing even more communities to benefit from awards to boost their economic development.

Grants of over £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years. The following types of organisation can apply:

Tim said: "I am encouraging community groups, councils and businesses to put themselves forward for funding. These grants could make a big difference to local communities around the Morecambe Bay. The money could support local business, create apprenticeships and provide funds to improve infrastructure in our area."

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander added: "Last year we helped organisations around the UK invest in their communities through the Coastal Communities Fund, and I'm delighted that growing marine revenues from the Crown Estate have allowed us to increase the pot by over 15 per cent this year.

"From transforming the Kintyre Way, developing a falconry centre in Conwy and giving Swanage and Wareham back their rail link, the funding has made a huge difference to small communities across the UK. The fund was a huge success last year and I'm sure year two will be just as popular.

The CCF is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Government, operating under the name Big Fund. Applicants should submit an application for stage one application by 17 April 2013 for projects in Wales, and by 26 April 2013 for projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dates for England will be announced shortly. For enquiries contact BIG Lottery fund enquiries line on 0845 4 10 20 30 or email ccf@bigfund.org.uk.