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Grant winners announced

As part of the Coastal Communities Fund being delivered by North East Lincolnshire Council over the next two years, grants totalling £170,000 is available to community and voluntary groups, major events organisers and businesses to put on events and activities in the Cleethorpes area in the next two years.

The first of these award announcements has been made at the launch of the Coastal Regeneration Programme in Cleethorpes has been made with more to follow soon.

A grant from the CoastalEXPERIENCE fund has been made to the Armed Forces Major Events Team to enhance the Armed Forces weekend this year.

This year, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its formation as the 1st independent air-force in the world. There is a range of events across the UK to reflect on our history and achievements and to celebrate the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.

Alex Baxter from the Armed Forces Major Events Team said:

On previous Armed Forces Days, we have had some flying activity, and this has always been a major attraction for visitors. It’s the element that receives the most enquiries on the build up, and the element that is photographed most over the weekend. It’s also an element that allows us to successfully promote the Armed Forces weekend, and also is used in overall promotion of the resort.

Lincolnshire is considered the spiritual home of military aviation and as such should be a key part of the celebrations. To mark this, we want to deliver a first class air show event off the coast of Cleethorpes.

We already have major sponsorship already in place, but this fund will allow us to deliver a great experience for visitor and residents, and help cement an air show in the future calendar of events for the resort.

A grant from the CoastalBUSINESS fund has been awarded to Ebb and Flo, a local business on North Promenade in Cleethorpes, for a new event, “The Endless Summer”.

This new event will help promote the North Promenade’s water sports scene / beach cleaning and provide plastic pollution education. The event will be hosted from Ebb & Flo Living LTD.

The event will allow the general public to take part in a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) and Kayaking taster experience.  The event will also aim to provide a general awareness of beach cleaning and plastic pollution from within a plastic recycling facility.

Who, from Ebb & Flo, said:

The addition of kayaking is new development to Ebb & Flo which currently offers SUP hire & lessons. Ebb & Flo is the only independent water sport business in town which makes the event exclusive and exciting.

We hope the exclusivity of the event will further increase the footfall along the north prom meaning more people will pass by local businesses situated on the North Prom which in recent history has been in decline.

Our event will be dedicated to promoting extending the beach season (hence endless summer) encouraging people to stay in town longer which in turn means business such as hotels, B&B’s, cafes, restaurants could benefit from additional trade.

In addition to promoting positive physical and mental well-being the event will aim to promote beach care, environmental awareness and inspiring change. We really want to show people what is right on our doorstep and to use and look after it even more.

Awards of £3000  will be made in this round from the CoastalBUSINESS fund and £24,000 from the CoastalEXPERIENCE fund. The next round of funding closes on 31 May 2018. To apply for a grant from the fund, visit www.discovernel.co.uk/coastnel

Councillor Matt Patrick, North East Lincolnshire Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, said:

This is a great way of encouraging more people to visit Cleethorpes and see the changes that will be happening in and around the resort. Working with partners such as CoastNEL we have been looking at ways of extending the season and bringing visitors into the resort all year round, this is the first stage in that process.

Lawrence Brown concluded:

It’s great that we’ve started delivering the CCF programme and these grants. We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for someone to apply for the funds, and I’d encourage others to get involved.

Additionally, the Government announced a new round of funding for their CCF (Coastal Communities Fund) Programme (Round 5). We are currently inviting expressions of interest for projects in Grimsby and Immingham.

Visit www.discovernel.co.uk/ccf5 for more information.

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