To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the Coastal Communities Fund was set up in 2011, (1) how soon the promised grants from the updated total of £29m advertised in August 2013 will be allocated, (2) how many coastal communities are scheduled to benefit, and (3) which Minister will be responsible for allocating the funds.
The £29 million funding announced for the UK-wide Coastal Communities Fund last August is for the 2014-15 financial year. The Department for Communities and Local Government, together with the devolved administrations for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be inviting applications for this funding round shortly with the aim of allocating the money available to projects by the end of 2014.
The Coastal Communities Fund is a competitive bid-led fund so it is not possible at this stage to say how many coastal communities will benefit. However, 104 grants were awarded across the UK in the first year of the Fund benefitting over 130 coastal communities.
Decisions on grant awards in England are taken by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, informed by recommendations from the Big Lottery Fund which helps to deliver the Fund on behalf of the UK Government. In Wales and Northern Ireland decisions are taken by an independent panel but with sign off by Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly Ministers. In Scotland, decisions are taken by an independent panel with no involvement of Scottish Government Ministers.