Published Friday, 23 August 2013
Northern Ireland's coastline is famed for its picturesque landscapes. (© Pacemaker)
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) was established in 2012 and has already led to £450,000 being granted for two projects in Glenarm and Magheramorne, both in Co Antrim.
It had been planned to make £500,000 available for more projects, but that amount has now been boosted to £600,000 with the fund itself extended until 2016.
"These communities play a vital role in the North, contributing to our wider community and economy," SDLP Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said.
"Successful bids for the CCF funding will be creative and innovative projects that will tap into new business opportunities, create jobs and provide training and new skills that will benefit the whole community."
I urge our coastal communities to start getting their bids ready now so that they are ready when nominations open next spring.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan
Grants of over £50,000 will be available for projects lasting up to two years.
Organisations eligible to apply include charities; voluntary and community sector organisations; social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives; local councils; development agencies and private sector companies.
The CCF is financed by the Government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50% of the revenues from the Crown Estate's marine activities.
Rising revenues have meant increased money for Britain and Northern Ireland's coasts to combat economic decline and create opportunities for people.
"It is right that revenues raised in the North are used to help communities realise their economic potential," Mr Durkan added.
"It is encouraging to see this support for our much-loved seaside towns along our coast."
The successful bids for this year's pot will be announced in December and nominations for year three will open next spring.
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