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A wave of new grants and new jobs for Wales’s Coastal Communities

August 7, 2017

The Sea Cadet Corps - Margate unit 140.jpgIt’s no secret that Wales has some of the most stunning coastlines in the world but soon you’ll have even more reason to visit the beautiful seaside after £4million was awarded to projects as part of the Coastal Communities Fund. From energy to tourism, and ice creams to seaweed, the diversity of the projects reflects everything that Wales has to offer on our shores.

Food lovers especially can look forward to a host of tasty new treats including artisan ice cream on the beach after the Snowdonia Ice Cream Company was awarded £94,000 to expand their business. But it’s not just traditional seaside foods that will benefit as Torth y Tir will utilize the land to produce organic products in their community supported bakery, and share their wealth of knowledge and expertise through their educational programme. Bluestone Brewery in Pembrokeshire received £81,750 funding to install a bottling plant.

And if reading this blog has wetted your appetite for the sea, consider heading to Milford Haven and staying at one of the recently funded floating hotel rooms. Milford Haven Port Authority will use their grant of £139,568 to set up the “floatels” that will be fully accessible to disabled people. The separate rooms can also be connected for large family holidays and dogs are also welcome so everyone will be able to bask in the sunshine during long summer days.

But there’ll be plenty of other opportunities to take to the seas as Dyfed Marine Training will offer accredited qualifications at their Tenby training centre to help beneficiaries find maritime employment. Their brand new £229,000 training vessel will help turn even the most seasick novices into boat masters as they help the next generation of Welsh sailors. Or if you’re just looking for a relaxing day at sea, try the new ferry service that will be run by Carmarthen Bay Ferries CIC. The service between Ferryside and Llansteffan will also offer excursion trips on their bespoke amphibious ferry so you can enjoy everything that scenic Carmarthen bay has to offer.

The programme’s main goal has always been to promote economic and environmental sustainability on our dazzling coastlines. Since the programme was announced in 2012 by the UK government it has delivered upwards of a staggering £12million for coastal communities in Wales to create a forecasted 1,041 direct or indirect jobs and over £8million of additional funds for these areas. After another successful round of incredible projects, the coastal communities of Wales and any seaside visitors are sure to benefit for years to come and can look forward to an even sunnier future.

Another round of funding for the Coastal Communities Fund is anticipated to open in the future, so to register your interest either call us on 0300 123 0735 or email ccfwales@biglotteryfund.org.uk.

 

 

 

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