Sarah Newton MP urges applicants to bid for £40m coastal funding

A £40 million fund to transform the UK’s coastal communities opened for applications today.

The Coastal Communities Fund transforms the UK’s coastal communities through investment in jobs, skills and local businesses.

Sarah Newton MP for Truro and Falmouth said: “I want to encourage applicants to get their bid in for a share of this funding. It’s a brilliant opportunity to secure financial support for the projects that will transform our coastal communities, create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

“We’re rightly proud of our seaside towns and this is a great way to make them even better places to live, work and visit.

“Cornwall Council has already received £1.95 million for the ‘Jubilee Pool’ in Penzance, £3.87 million was awarded to refurbish and extend the Tate Gallery in St Ives so get your bids in and secure this fantastic investment for our coastal towns.”

Since 2012, the government’s CCF has awarded grants to 295 projects across the UK, totalling over £174 million including:

· Cornwall council receiving a £1.95 million grant in 2014 to repair and re-launch the Grade II Listed Art Deco ‘Jubilee Pool’ in Penzance to create an all year round visitor attraction sustaining existing jobs and creating new positions (including much needed apprenticeships in an area with higher than average youth unemployment).

· The Tate St Ives was awarded a £3.87 million grant in 2015 to refurbish and extend the Tate Gallery in St Ives. The new facilities include a new apse gallery connecting the existing gallery to the new extension; a new suite of learning and event spaces; increased capacity for visitors in the reception, cloakrooms, café, new exhibition space, staff accommodation and training space.