In the wake of successful bids for £3.8million funding from the Government’s Coastal Community Fund to enhance areas of Cleethorpes and drive regeneration projects forward, CoastNEL is looking for new capital and revenue projects to take forward to the next round of bidding announced a few days ago by the Government.
In the last round of funding, from a pot of about £40million, Cleethorpes was awarded just under 10% and CoastNEL is hoping to build upon this success by inviting organisations to register their project ideas for two focused areas of N E Lincolnshire, Grimsby and Immingham, to bid for money from the next round.
North East Lincolnshire is one of 11 core destinations in England who are part of the Mayflower 400 programme commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. Immingham is linked to these events by the Separatist congregation who fled England through Immingham to Holland.
The main Pilgrim Father celebrations will take place in 2020 but we expect there to be events and activities each year leading up to the celebrations. CoastNEL is looking for project ideas that will attract more visitors to experience the Pilgrim Father celebrations in and around the area.
Grimsby has a maritime heritage of national and international significance with many stories to be told about its Danish roots and renowned fishing heritage. The Greater Grimsby Town Deal announced by Government in 2016 is the first of its kind in the UK. It is likely to bring an unprecedented economic regeneration opportunity which will focus on heritage, education and new employment opportunities. The CCF funding offers the town an opportunity to progress economic regeneration projects that will complement the revival of our town centre, and help reconnect us to the waterfront both culturally and through capital projects.
CoastNEL is looking for new project ideas that will focus on our town centre and help to create a bouyant, economically sustainable and attractive place to live, work, visit and invest.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration, said:
We’re in an unprecedented phase of growth in North East Lincolnshire, and we want to help develop new projects, create jobs and make it an even greater place to work, stay and play.
Lawrence Brown, Chair of CoastNEL explained:
There’s some great projects already underway in Cleethorpes, and we will soon see how investment will benefit the town. Now, working together as a strong partnership between private, public and voluntary sector, we want to increase funding in other key areas, but need project ideas from the community and business partners to do this.
If you have an idea of a project that you’d like help to take forward, complete an Expression of Interest Form, available from www.discovernel.co.uk/ccf5 in the first instance.
All expressions of interest need to be submitted by 5 April 18.