Coastal Revival Fund
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is now inviting bids for a fifth round of the Coastal Revival Fund, offering grants to help bring at-risk coastal heritage sites in England back into economic use.
Now in its third year, the Coastal Revival Fund, offers grants of up to £50,000 per project to local communities, charities and councils to fund repairs and restoration or support large scale projects through to completion. The funding for this round is to be spent in 2018 to 2019.
The Fund will support communities in unlocking the economic potential of hard-to-tackle buildings, landscapes, facilities and amusements and sustain them in the longer-term. It is hoped that the programme will see the restoration of some of the country’s most iconic and best-loved coastal architecture, such as such as piers, parks, 1930s lidos or promenades.
Commenting on the launch, Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry said:
“The protection of our iconic coastal landmarks plays an important role not just in making the Great British Coast an attractive tourist destination, but in regenerating our coastal communities and supporting them to grow.
“The launch of this new Coastal Revival Fund today represents government’s unwavering commitment to support coastal communities and we’re investing over £250 million in our coastal areas by the end of the decade.”
The first Coastal Revival Fund round provided £3.7 million to support 92 projects in coastal areas.
The overall aims of the Coastal Revival Fund are to:
- Support local communities and local authorities to develop long term strategies for dealing with coastal heritage assets.
- Support material improvements to historic structures, sites and assets to help secure their long-term future and continued use.
- Encourage the sustainable use of heritage and community assets in coastal areas to provide a focus for community activities and enhanced economic opportunities.
- Encourage greater local partnership working in coastal areas.
- Support the development of local solutions to economic issues facing coastal communities.
- Help develop innovative ideas in response to the particular challenges often faced in dealing with the ongoing maintenance and use of heritage assets in coastal locations.
The deadline for Round 5 applications is 5 July 2018.